Re: sliding patio door advice
If you're looking for security, do not install a slider, all anyone has to do is break the glass and they're in. A French door would be a little more secure than a slider and still allow a much larger opening than a standard door. Also, unless you install a security strike on any swing door, they are easily kicked in, so don't assume that because you've got a metal or fiberglass door that you're safer. The jamb is the weak point, the bolt area of the door is the second weak point. Both places can be easily reinforced without depreciating the aesthetics of the door system.
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