A conservatory extension added to the back of your property is a delightful structure, bringing joy, relaxation and plentiful light into your home. Your conservatory offers another entry point into your home through windows and doors, so think carefully about how to secure your conservatory when the building project is taking place.
There are a number of benefits to adding a conservatory to your existing home. It can be used to extend an existing use at the rear of the property, creating a much larger kitchen/dining area, or as an extra room to be used as an office for home workers. Other uses include a playroom for any children in the house, a gym, or just as a place to sit with a book, a glass of wine and to relax in the summer months. There is nothing quite like sitting in a conservatory and watching the sunset when the weather is warm and you’ve got no plans to go anywhere. It can be absolute bliss.
What happens when you shut the doors and windows for the night and go to bed though? Or those weeks where the family is on holiday and there is no one at home? During these periods your conservatory could become one of the vulnerable, potential points of entry for an intruder.
Choose Locks Carefully
When putting together a design and plan for your conservatory make sure that you relay your security concerns to the contractor that you are working with. They must understand in advance what type of locks and windows you desire. Choosing a sturdy and flexible lock for any windows and for the conservatory door will add peace of mind to your thoughts on the security aspects of a conservatory.
Double Up On Glass Security
When adding a conservatory to your home there are always a multitude of options concerning the design and style of the structure. One aspect that has improved dramatically in recent years is the choice of glazing. You can choose solar glass to reflect harmful UV-rays and help to control the temperature, and there is the choice for safety glass to be used as the inner pane to add protection to a potential weak point where intruders could smash glass to gain entry.
Retain Inner Doors
Most conservatories and extensions that are built directly attached to an existing property will most likely retain the inner doors that used to be the main entry point to that side of the structure. This is the best policy in terms of security as it gives you that extra layer of protection should someone break in to the conservatory.
Extend the Home Security System
If you have a home security system in place, in the form of a smart home alarm, security or an intercom system, make sure you extend this to cover the new conservatory. Sensors for the alarm should be fitted so that any intruder attempting to gain access through the conservatory will set off the alarms. If you have a video intercom system why not have a video station in the conservatory, so even if you’re at the very back of the property you can see who’s at your front door.
There are a number of home security considerations to have regarding your conservatory and it’s doors and windows. It is a potential vulnerable point of entry for burglars if left as is, so be thorough and choose the right levels of security for the doors and windows.