Patio door DIY improvements

DIY improvements for your patio door security

 Patio doors can add character to any home. Homes can be improved by installing patio doors. They let natural light in, provide ease of access to a back garden or patio area and certainly look a lot more attractive than a regular back wall. There are many different styles and options available and they offer the best way to bridge the gap between the inside and the outdoors.  Having said that, they also seem to catch the eyes of thieves.

 Criminals will always have a variety of ways to break in, but a full panel door will be inviting for them. Even huge, heavy panels of glass can easily be utilised to get in, even by relatively inexperienced burglars.

 On hand to help you, there are a range of security measures you can take to minimise this.  Making just a few changes you can change it from being really appealing to a burglar, into a nightmare.

 Most of the patio doors or orangeries on the market will come with latches as opposed to locks.  The downside of latches is that they can be overpowered with the right amount of force. One simple way you can secure your door, without any real expense, is to simply place a rod or block in the door track, wedged between the door and the wall.

 If a burglar has enough time and the rear of the garden is not in view, they can lift a patio door off it’s track. Shaking a door off it’s tracks only takes patience and some jiggling.  It is doable because there is no way to seal the doors down because they lay on rollers on the tracks.  To minimise the chances of this happening is simply down to keeping an eye on the rollers to make sure they stay in good condition, and if need be replacing them. It should fight tightly in to the frame and move smoothly along the rollers. If this is not the case then you should get it repaired immediately, this will make it a lot more difficult for thieves to pop it loose.

There are also locks you can buy that protect the rollers. These foot locks have steel rods which are protruding into the tracks of the rollers. This creates a deadbolt for the door, stopping it from being opened even when the latch has been lifted. It also connect the door directly to the track which prevents it from being lifted.

 Even though they are simple techniques, they are proven to reduce the chances of a successful break in.  Most opportunist burglars will be put off instantly by anything that makes them work harder.  In addition to this advice guide, you can invest in a heavy duty lock for your patio door to replace the latch.For double glazing prices, look to a company with a good reputation.
 

Chris is a blog writer who writes on a number of topics in his spare time

Back Yard Design Elements For Your Deck and Patio BBQ Area

Enjoy your free time away from work and enjoy a great back yard gathering with your friends and family. Well, maybe your back yard is bare with no appeal. Would you like a sure fire way to make your friends and family want to be at your house as opposed to being somewhere else? What are the elements of a great back yard?

Just like building a house you need to start with the foundation. The foundation of a great back yard is the landscaping. To create a great landscape you should think of painting your back yard with color, texture, and dimension. Use color in the forms of varying plants, flowers, trees, rocks, and outdoor furniture. Now you don’t want to paint it psychedelic unless that’s what your into. For added texture you could incorporate natural materials such as boulders, flagstone walkways, small ponds and water features, and again with plants. The final element for the landscaping would be to add dimension with height and depth. A typical method is to use planting and hardscape materials to define the edges of walk ways, play areas, and social areas. The taller more sturdy plants at the rear with smaller and more colorful plants close to the defined area. The defined area is usually a nice sod maybe with a rock walk path.

Now that you have a landscape you should have a deck or patio for people to socialize, gather, and flat out party. You can go with a patio or a deck. I personally like to have a deck with multiple levels and small off shoots that can accommodate 3 -7 people to serve as conversation pit. I great addition to any deck is a shaded area for those hot summer days. If you like you can build a small outdoor kitchen for BBQs either on the deck itself or a ground level patio. Most patios are simple concrete slabs, or laid pavers. Whatever your choice you will be happy you added the outdoor kitchen area.

Now it’s time for you to make the best of your back yard and enjoy your new deck and patio.

Do It Yourself Backyard Patio

If you are laying out plans to make something off that disused and unkempt backyard that you have not really looked at for years, a backyard patio is the perfect project.

A lot of people think that a patio or a deck as many Americans call it would not be right for their home, but that is just because they may not be aware of all various types of backyard patio designs they can choose from. In fact, all they have to do is to find the right kind of patio that would suit their needs and home and they can already have a lovely addition to their home. A patio can literally improve the beauty and utility of a garden or a rooftop.

One reason that hinders people from installing a patio is the thinking that they just don’t live in the right climate and that the weather is not conducive to outdoor entertainment for significant portions of the year. But, there are many types of patios for backyard. For regions where it is too hot or too cold outside for many months of the year, an enclosed patio is the perfect backyard patio design. With screen doors or large French windows, homeowners can enjoy the weather when it is nice outside and when the conditions are poor they can just simply shut the doors or windows to enjoy the feeling of being outside while still being comfortable. Another one of the more popular kinds of backyard patio designs in places where the weather is cold is a patio with a built in fire pit lined with fiberglass or stone. A fire pit enables one to have a roaring flame going in his patio and makes a great place for everyone to huddle around when it is cold. Even if it is snowing, a fire pit is still a great place to sit around with friends while having a mug of hot cocoa.

If you love the idea of a patio but you loathe giving up the grassy area in your backyard, there is nothing wrong with a turf patio that is simply outlined with bricks or stones.

This way you can have a patio and not lose out on the grass in your backyard. You can also enjoy the wonderful feeling of sitting around in a lounge chair with the feeling of grass under your feet. Add a small fish pond or koi pond to the patio and you have a truly relaxing space.