An entry door with windows is a great way to filter light into an otherwise dark entryway in your Albuquerque, NM home. However, you want to make sure the door will keep you and your family secure if a burglar attempts to break in. All entry doors, including those with windows, should have features which prevent them from being kicked in. This includes being built with strong and solid materials, such as steel or fiberglass. Door frames should be reinforced, and longer screws should be used when installing lock strike plates to thwart attempts to kick the door in.
Are doors with windows safe to use for entry doors? Yes, depending on how they are made and how they are installed. If you are considering replacing your current entry doors, here are five ways to ensure your windowed door is safe.
Type of Glass Matters
The safety of doors with windows depends a lot on the type of glass which is used. For the highest level of safety, reinforced, double-paned and tempered glass is recommended. Not only is this thicker glass more difficult to break, but you also get the added benefit of being better insulated against the hot or cool air outside.
Add Metal Reinforcement to Glass
Adding metal reinforcement to the glass in your entry door does not need to look like prison bars. Decorative metal bars can enhance the look of your door in addition to increasing its strength.
Choose a Door with a Higher Window
When shopping for a door with a window, consider the placement height of the window. The higher up the window, the more difficult it is for a burglar to reach the inside lock on the door if he manages to break the window.
Stop Thieves Dead with Your Door Track
You can add additional security to your sliding patio glass door with a wood or metal stop which spans the track. This prevents the door from being opened enough for a burglar to squeeze through.
Add Lighting and an Alarm System
With the rise in home break-ins, it is already a good idea to have extra lighting and a security system with cameras in your home. Doing this will help discourage burglars from choosing your home as a target. And if for some reason these thieves are able to enter your home, you will have video evidence to assist law enforcement with apprehending them.
In the Albuquerque, NM area, Millers is the door contractor to choose for the best, and safest, options for your new doors. Contact us today for your free estimate.