Protecting your family and belongings in Southwest Florida is important to all homeowners. Security shutters are a great option to secure your home’s windows and entry doors. You can use them to protect your home for a night or for months at a time. But what about your home’s patio doors? Sliding glass patio doors create vulnerable access points into your home. Patio doors are big, often much larger than regular doors and windows. So people often wonder how to secure these large openings and prevent intruders from getting inside their home. Can you use security shutters on your patio doors? And what shutter options are available to pick from? We’ll discuss if its possible to install security shutters on your patio doors. We’ll also provide all options for high security shutters for sliding patio doors.
What are they and how effective are they?
These are high impact resistant, high security shutters that are installed, usually on the exterior of your sliding patio doors. As a result, they create a strong barrier that blocks access to the glass doors. Once locked in place they prevent intruders or vandals from reaching the doors. Since they can’t reach them, they cant break in through them.
These shutters are made from impact-resistant materials, such as metal and aluminum. This makes it very hard to break through, even if excessive force is used.
You have probably seen security shutters on storefronts and other commercial properties. You may also notice them on many residential properties, especially in Southwest Florida. This is because they are also used as hurricane shutters in Florida.
Yes. An option like roll down security shutters is very effective at securing your patio doors. They are constructed of impact resistant materials and lock securely. They are also installed on the exterior of your sliding doors so they completely block access to them. So in summary, they are effective at securing your sliding patio doors from intruders, vandals and other threats.
Options for Patio Door Security Shutters
There are multiple options when choosing security shutters for your patio doors. The main types of patio door security shutters include: roll down security shutters, accordion shutters and metal or aluminum panels.
Find out more about each below.
Rolling shutters for sliding glass doors
Homeowners commonly use Roll down security shutters on residential properties. Business owners commonly use commercial security shutters on their offices, storefronts, ticket counters, restaurants and more. They are a perfect fit to protect your patio doors because they can be installed on wide openings. You would typically install security roller shutters on the exterior of your patio doors. This helps completely block access to the glass. This prevents break-ins and also prevents vandalism of your glass.
Home security shutters are extremely easy to use. They roll up and down. You operate manual roll shutters with a belt or crank system. Electric motors operate automatic ones. There ease of use makes them ideal to use on a daily basis. It also offers a lot of functionality outside of just security. For instance with Eurex Shutters’ roll down shutters you can partially open and close them. You can also adjust the slats open and closed. This ability allows you to utilize the shutters for security as well as privacy, and UV/shade control.
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These also have a sleek design so they don’t detract from the look of your home. When not in use they tuck away nicely in a housing above your patio door. You can also choose an optimal color for the housing and the shutters. This helps them blend in with the style of your house.
Motorized rolling security shutters are by far the easiest to use. You can operate these inside your home by a switch. You can even control them with a mobile app. Eurex Shutters’ motorized security shutters come with the option to control them with the TaHomA System APP: A Eurex Shutters Exclusive.
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Accordion shutters for patio door security
Accordion hurricane shutters are primarily used as protection against severe weather. But they can also help secure your home. Accordion shutters are installed on the exterior of your patio doors blocking access to the entry point. They are also made from impact resistant materials and lock securely in place. They protect your home in a similar way to roll up shutters: they completely block access to your glass sliding doors.
Accordion shutters are operated manually and close horizontally (side to side like the slats of an accordion). As long as they are cleaned and maintained closing them is a simple process.
Similar to rolling shutters they have a sleek design. When not in use they neatly tuck away in a housing on the side of your patio door. You can also pick a color that matches the style of your home.
Aluminum and metal panels
Like accordions, metal panels are primarily used for storm protection. But they can also be used to deter intruders from entering your vacant property. In other words, they are not ideal for daily use because they do take time to install and uninstall. It is not something you would want to do on a daily basis. But they would be an option if your house will be vacant for a while.
These are overlapping, corrugated panels that are installed on the exterior of your patio doors. They can either be installed vertically or horizontally.
Panels are not as effective as rollers and accordions in terms of security protection. Yes, they do block access to your patio doors (and windows and doors). But they do not generally lock in place. However, it would be quite difficult and time consuming for an intruder to remove them just to break in. They would likely get spotted in the process. So they are not as impenetrable as roll down security shutters. But still, they do help reduce the likelihood of break-ins.
Conclusion: Are security shutters a good choice to protect your patio doors?
Security shutters, such as roller shutters and accordion shutters are an effective way to secure your sliding patio doors from intruders, vandals and thieves. They are built from impact resistant materials which make them extremely hard to break through. Shutters make it hard for intruders to break in because they are installed on the exterior of your patio doors and lock in place. But whether they are right for your sliding patio doors will depend on your preferences and budget.
Eurex Shutters has been a leader in security protection products in Southwest Florida for 35+ years. See why we have 25,000+ satisfied customers. If you would like to learn more about security shutters please contact us to request a free estimate.
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