Conservatories are a smart way to extend your living space in South Devon homes, and with good reason. A conservatory is a perfect way to enjoy uninterrupted views of your garden. It can be used as a space to do almost anything you want with it, such as extra living space, a playroom, dining room, home gym; the possibilities are endless. As an extension of your home, your conservatory shouldn’t be treated differently regarding security to the rest of your home. Unfortunately, conservatories can be seen as a weak point in homes by burglars who consider them an easy route into the rest of the house.
There are several conservatory security measures you can take that will help protect your home from unwanted intruders so you can enjoy your conservatory with total peace of mind. From Teignmouth to Torbay and beyond, these are our best security tips for South Devon homeowners.
Quality conservatory doors
Many homeowners will keep the existing back doors of the home to give extra security and help thermal performance. This will add a layer of protection to your newly added conservatory. Keeping the rear doors rather than installing an archway, for example, is the best security choice, and it is advisable to think of home defence above interior design.
Additionally, installing high-quality conservatory doors in your new conservatory provides better locking systems appropriate to the door type, offering standards such as PAS24.
The majority of conservatory doors these days will be UPVC and offer Euro cylinder locks with anti-snap and a minimum 3-star British Standard rating or the Sold Secure Diamond rating. A reliable conservatory installer like Renaissance Conservatories can give plenty of advice on how to choose the right locks for your conservatory doors. Whether you are looking for sliding doors, French doors or bi-folds, we have you covered.
Conservatory roofs can be the most vulnerable part of conservatory construction. Installing high-security toughened glass will also boost energy efficiency and give you the peace of mind of total at-home security.
Conservatory roof vents that open automatically can be prised off by a motivated intruder who could then proceed to climb through. Consider fitting a grille on the underside of the vents to stop intruders from gaining access.
You can improve your conservatory security by installing a new conservatory roof. A solid conservatory roof offers better protection, proving much more robust and trickier for intruders to break in. A replacement conservatory roof can even add value to your home. A high-quality conservatory roof like the ones by Renaissance Conservatories will allow your home to fetch a higher price and sell quickly, as an impressive conservatory is very appealing to most buyers.
Conservatory windows should always be fitted with modern high-security locks. This can include shoot locks that are very difficult to break and act as a deterrent against invaders. A responsible installer will ensure you have compliant locks, and force-resistant hinges are advisable for added peace of mind. If you don’t intend to open your conservatory windows, you can have non-openers fitted.
Conservatory Security Measures
Some homeowners worry a conservatory could act well as a gateway for intruders to access entry points on higher floors. You can keep windows above the conservatory closed and locked at night and when you leave the property. If you aren’t able to sleep with the windows closed during the warmer months, then you could invest in restrictors which will allow you to keep the windows open to a set distance without risk of being opened further from outside.
Quality conservatory materials
It tends to be conservatories of low-value construction that intruders target. They see the weakness in low-quality materials, so investing in a quality conservatory build by a professional installation service from a reputable conservatory company will give you confidence in quality and security. A reputable conservatory installer can offer a portfolio of their works and reviews on independent websites such as Trustpilot and Google.
You can request evidence that your new conservatory will meet benchmark security standards. This should cover glazing security, mechanical loading, and any security criteria.
Secure conservatories in Devon
If you’re looking for high-quality, secure conservatories with all the benefits mentioned earlier, then a conservatory could be perfect. We do more than just conservatory roofs. We offer a range of orangeries, windows, doors, and other home extensions.
We’re based in Newton Abbot and serve the whole South Devon area. For more information, contact us or browse our website.