How to Secure Double Doors
Double doors, also known as French doors, can be a secure option for patios and rear entrances, but they require additional security to ensure maximum protection for your property.
French doors are visually appealing and an excellent way to let light and air into your property. They are, however, prone to security issues if the double glazing, locks and door frame used in the installation are not of premium quality.
Looking to secure your double doors? You can install enhanced security measures that bring your doors up to police-approved standards by using tested and certified materials. Here are Brackenwood’s main security recommendations for double doors:
- It is vital that the panes of glass in your double doors are reinforced to prevent them from being broken by intruders. The glazing in your French doors should be performance tested to BS EN 356:2000 standards and the sealed unit should feature at least one sheet of 6.4mm laminated security glass that is compliant with PAS 24 2016 standards.
- It’s essential for your double doors to have a high-security, multi-point locking system — Brackenwood French doors have a ten-point locking system with two hooks, two finger bolts and a deadbolt for maximum peace of mind
- You should install additional safety features to ensure your double doors are secure. Maximise strength with multiple opposing steel hooks and prevent door locks from being dislodged with anti-lift bolts
- Reinforce your door frame with adjustable hinges for additional strength
- Install a Patlock French Door security device that prevents the handles from being broken into
- Install an alarm that senses movement and can be time-activated at night
- Consider upgrading to an SBD-licensed limited glazed door for the ultimate protection from unwanted intrusion
- You could also consider adding a security bar with a built-in alarm that can be removed in the morning and replaced at night or when you are away from home
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Related Topics in Our Double Glazing Security Guide:
- What Are the Best Front Doors for Security?
- Are Stable Doors Secure?
- How to Secure French Doors That Open Out