Which is the best. Sliding Patio Doors Vs French Doors

When the nights begin clos­ing in and we come up to Mis­chief Week here in the UK (the week between Hal­loween and Bon­fire Night in which the rate of bur­glar­ies ris­es), it’s under­stand­able that our cus­tomers’ minds will turn towards how to keep their prop­er­ty – and their fam­i­ly – safe. With that in mind, one cus­tomer recent­ly asked – which is more secure; slid­ing patio doors or French doors?

This is a good ques­tion, and one which peo­ple will have vary­ing opin­ions about, depend­ing on their expe­ri­ences. In the past, some slid­ing patio doors were found to have a defect, where they could be lift­ed off their run­ners. How­ev­er, this is no longer an issue with slid­ing patio doors, but this knowl­edge may influ­ence the opin­ions you hear about their secu­ri­ty. The thing to remem­ber is that, when buy­ing new slid­ing patio doors or French doors, you’re guar­an­teed a high min­i­mum lev­el of secu­ri­ty due to UK law. 

British Standard Ultion Cylinder Lock

Here at Evan­der we use British Stan­dard locks and ensure all our prod­ucts are not only installed expert­ly, but are man­u­fac­tured to a high spec­i­fi­ca­tion. Although both slid­ing patio doors and our French doors each come with mul­ti-point lock­ing as stan­dard, how­ev­er, this doesn’t mean that they’re on par with each oth­er secu­ri­ty-wise. Used on their own, these two door types (if new) have very lit­tle to tell them apart from a home secu­ri­ty point of view, but French doors have the capa­bil­i­ty to use some­thing called a Pat­lock, increas­ing their over­all secu­ri­ty above slid­ing patio doors.

The PATLock

The Pat­lock is a new, inno­v­a­tive addi­tion­al secu­ri­ty fea­ture which fits onto the han­dles of French doors. It acts like a steer­ing lock would on a vehi­cle – dis­abling the mov­ing parts and pre­vent­ing the doors from being used as they should be. The two inter­lock­ing han­dle cov­ers stop either one of them being turned, so even if the lock is com­pro­mised, the doors can’t be opened. The great thing about a Pat­lock is that it’s not invis­i­ble and there­fore acts as a deter­rent. It is designed to be fixed to the inside han­dles, so that a poten­tial intrud­er will be able to see it, but will not be able to tam­per with it. To release the Pat­lock from the han­dles, you sim­ply push a but­ton and slide the two cov­ers away from each oth­er, thus releas­ing the han­dles to be used as normal.

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