The security of a door is one of the key considerations that most people have when deciding which doors are the ones for them. It’s an important point – you might want beautiful new bi-folding doors that flood your rooms with light, but if they leave your home vulnerable, then are they really any good?
So, what do you look for to make sure that you’re buying secure bi-folding doors?
Secured by Design
Look for the Secured by Design accreditation. This is a police initiative that supports the idea of discouraging crime through physical security and processes. It focuses on the way homes and buildings are designed, but the scheme also gives accreditation to security products and projects.
The principles of the scheme have been proven to reduce the risk of crime and make people feel safer. Express has a number of products that have been given the SBD accreditation, including the XP View, XP Glide S and our entire range of front doors.
Each product goes through extensive testing by the police. Every component is listed and investigated. A team attempts a break-in through the doors, and if the product offers enough resistance to attack, it passes the test. They audit Express on a regular basis to make sure that the test specifications are the same for every product.
Secured by Design developments are up to 75% less likely to be burgled, making it a great way to assess whether something is secure.
What else should you look for?
Express’ doors are made from aluminium, which is not only light and durable, but it doesn’t expand or contract. This means that it stays secure all year round and thieves will find it extremely complicated to try and lift the door off its tracks to gain entry.
Integrated multi point locks and concealed gearing throughout the door mean that a bi-fold is much more secure than a regular door. With only one main lock, a regular door can be drilled out or forced and then access is granted. A bi-fold would need each and every lock point to be broken in order to gain access, making it a much safer entry option.
So if you’re worried about security, but you’re considering big glass bi-folding doors, then you should now be armed with all the information you need to find the perfect option for you.