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Old 05-16-2018, 07:30 AM
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I am in the process of remodeling my basement and next on the list is to come up with a "burglar-proof" solution for the exterior glass pane door. I know that no-matter what I do, if someone wants to get in, they will get in. I am just trying to make it a little bit more difficult for them. Replacing the door is not an option at this time because this is a custom size door and I am guessing it would be quite expensive.

If I can incorporate some sort of privacy solution as well, such as a frosted glass or whatever, which would allow some light to come through, that would be even better. I used a scrap piece of white 3M film as a temporary solution a few months ago, which is the reason why you can't see through the glass currently. Since this is a basement, even though it is mostly above-ground, every bit of light helps. I actually have no other windows on that wall, but both adjacent walls have windows.

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Best looking solution besides changing the door would be to change the glass to tempered and add a type of latch to brace the door.

If you really want it to stop someone from coming in *that door* change to tempered glass and put a locking bar across the door and add bars on the window.
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Originally Posted by Devil_Inside View Post
I am in the process of remodeling my basement and next on the list is to come up with a "burglar-proof" solution for the exterior glass pane door. I know that no-matter what I do, if someone wants to get in, they will get in. I am just trying to make it a little bit more difficult for them. Replacing the door is not an option at this time because this is a custom size door and I am guessing it would be quite expensive.

If I can incorporate some sort of privacy solution as well, such as a frosted glass or whatever, which would allow some light to come through, that would be even better. I used a scrap piece of white 3M film as a temporary solution a few months ago, which is the reason why you can't see through the glass currently. Since this is a basement, even though it is mostly above-ground, every bit of light helps. I actually have no other windows on that wall, but both adjacent walls have windows.

Any ideas?

Had similar issue about 6 years ago on a side office building, all glass emergency exit door. Used carriage bolts to attach a fairly heavy gauge large opening aluminum screen on the inside. Since then all exterior glass doors are Miami Dade Code Impact Glass, but not cheap.
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Oh, and get some stainless 3 or 4" screws and screw the latch plate through the jamb into the 2x4. Makes it much stronger
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Simplest thing to do is change the deadbolt to one that has key on both sides!!! But be careful with that as it creates an egress issue during a fire. Most houses i have done tis to usually hang a key on a hook about 10 ft from the door.
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Originally Posted by Darrenmb View Post
Simplest thing to do is change the deadbolt to one that has key on both sides!!! But be careful with that as it creates a egress issue during a fire. Most houses i have done tis to usually hang a key on a hook about 10 ft from the door.
nit sure around your way but up here that is against code. Can’t have it keyed both sides.

Growing up all deadbolts on house were double keyed and always left a key in the front door deadbolt.
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Put a wrought iron door on the outside.
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That looks like a door which can be opened with one good kick, but if you want to do something about the glass, replace it with Lexan (polycarbonate).
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Originally Posted by Drako View Post
That looks like a door which can be opened with one good kick, but if you want to do something about the glass, replace it with Lexan (polycarbonate).
You are right, but I plan on looking at the deadbolt / striker plate also. For the glass I think either Lexan or laminated glass is the way the go, along with some sort of a decorative privacy film. I just priced out a 1/4" laminated glass in the size I need (36x22) and I am looking at $65. I think that ought to do it.
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Originally Posted by edale99 View Post
Put a wrought iron door on the outside.
I was going to suggest over just the window on the outside.
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Lexan or polycarbonate. Make it thick and nobody can get through it with a brick.
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The top hinge on that door is in an odd location..
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Why are the hinges spaced like that?
Lots of good suggestion above. If you are worried about break ins, have the door swing out so you can't kick it in.
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Lexan or polycarbonate. Make it thick and nobody can get through it with a brick.
My father-in-law was in the glass business for over 60 years mostly commercial work. I had no idea Lexan was as tough as it is until he proved it to me. He glued 2 pieces of Lexan together, maybe 1/4" thick I'm not sure. He put it into an aluminum frame and gave me a roofing hammer and told me that I wouldn't be able to knock it out of the frame. Me trying to show off to my father-in-law I whacked the Lexan and the hammer bounced right off. I hit it with the end that looks like an ax and I barely scuffed it, it is some tough stuff!

Just a suggestion....maybe you can get 2 pieces of Lexan, put something between them so you can't see through it and then glue them together. If someone tries to break in there is no way they will be able to do it without alerting someone of what they are doing.
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I don't know what expensive is to you but I'd change that out for a steel door. My guess it would be more of an expense if you did get broken into and what could be taken.
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Thieves will bash it in, get a security system with plenty of display stickers. I wouldn't live in a home without one, even some of my tenants have one.
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