Conservatory security is something that often comes up as a topic when people consider purchasing one of these glass covered extensions.
People often wonder how hard it would be for a burglar to break into a conservatory or orangery and then into the home.
However, aside from the precautions you take when you leave your home, there are also a number of other additions that can keep your conservatory secure.
Safety glass or extra toughened glass is a lot harder to break than traditional double glazing and so is an extra form of defence against any burglars. Safety glass is created to be impact resistant and if it does shatter it is designed to fragment into tiny pieces of glass that will not harm anyone – a lot safer than traditional glass which will break into shards. This glass is particularly important on the roof of the conservatory.
Beaded Glass should also be beaded internally; otherwise it is hypothetically possible to remove the panes from the outside. All conservatory glass should come with this option.
Locking Your conservatory or orangery will be fitted with at least one door. Always ensure that all doors come with a multi-point locking system as this will ensure that they are robust and safer. Windows should also be fitted with a shoot mechanism as this will also prevent the likelihood of them being compromised.
These mechanisms push bolts into the window itself and so strengthen the frame, ensuring it won’t be opened when it is not supposed to. In addition force resistant hinges should also be included on doors and windows as standard to reduce the risk of damage from break-ins.
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There is no substitute for your own awareness and the precautions you take when you leave your home vacant. Conservatory owners should always remember to look around their home for potential open windows or doors.
In many homes, conservatories are accessible through either an external door from the garden, or an internal door that separates the extension from the rest of the household. These should both be locked in order to limit the breach to the conservatory. If the back door is locked this decreases the amount of time the burglar has to get into the main part of the home and can benefit you immensely if such an occurrence comes about.
Burglar alarms are also a benefit and a visible deterrent. However, there is little substitute for staying alert and being extra careful. This awareness can be the most important deterrent and allows you to prevent rather than have to cure such a problem.
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