Are Glass Front Doors Safe?
The safest front doors are classified as British Standard (BS) Kitemark PAS 24-1 and have five-lever mortice deadlocks. Double glazed panels should be toughened or laminated.
Looking to install a new front door and wondering whether glass doors are safe? According to the latest safety guidelines, a secure front door should have:
- A five-lever mortice deadlock that is British Standard 3621 or European Standard EN12209
- A spy hole
- A door chain or limiter
- Hinges with long screws and bolts for added security.
It is recommended that you avoid having glass panels fitted in your front or back door unless they are toughened or laminated. Brackenwood offers a wide range of ultra-secure toughened and laminated glass panels for external doors, so you can rest assured your home is secure.
We recommend that you select laminated glass if you are considering a front door with glass panels because if damaged, it will hold together, making it safer and more secure than toughened glass, which shatters into small pieces.
If you have glass French doors or patio doors, you should use mortice rack bolts or surface-mounted locking bolts to increase security, as well as consider mortice slash locks. Doors that open outwards should use hinge bolts to prevent unauthorised entry.
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- Do Front Doors Need to Be Fire-Rated?