Question about how to install a sliding door lock on my interior closet doors, my exterior slider windows and my patio sliding door.
Q: "I do not want to install window guards on my windows but I do want to get some ventilation during the winter months here in Florida. We are on the Atlantic side and the breezes are great right now (January). I am concerned about security on the patio door. and downstairs windows. For the upstairs windows, I am concerned more about child safety when grandkids visit. What do you suggest? Thanks. Julie."
Answer: The Cardinal Gates Patio Door Lock comes only in white. the Patio Door Guardian allows you to lock the door with a 3" gap for ventilation. Use on right and left handed sliding doors. Recognized as "one of the best new child safety products" by the National Safe Kids Campaign in Washington, D.C., the Patio Door Guardian works double duty as both a security device and as a childproofing lock. This unit has a 2 position spring loaded lock with a left and right stop. The keeper plates allows for a 3 inch ventilation gap without minimizing security. This fits most sliding doors and most windows that are vinyl, aluminum or wood. The questions and answers below should help you make your decision.
A new option for sliding doors is the Cardinal Gate Lock-N-Block Sliding Door Gate This gate requires some minor assembly.
- Choose appropriate screw-in clamps for your door. Screw clamps into gate. These clips will fasten to your open sliding glass door.
- Screw the stabilized pads into the opposite side of gate. These fit into C-channel of the door frame.
- Attach gate to open door with clamps, fitting gate into door jamb. Close door to lock in gate.
- Screw door stop to sliding track to secure sliding door.
- Push red safety button and lift handle 90 degrees upward.
- Pull gate to open.
- Close gate and lower handle back to original position.
- Gate will click when locked.
Gate Dimensions :
- Gate width is 24"
- Height 30.5"
- Thickness: 1"
- Bar Spacing 1 7/8"
- Fits all standard sliding doors 1" and 1.5" thick
Lock and Block Sliding Glass Door Gate Features :
- Patent Pending! Only sliding glass door gate available on the market today!
- Securely clamps onto the functional panel of a sliding panel door.
- Helps reduce the risk of injury to your infant or pet, as well as damage to your sliding screen door.
- Safety gate swings open in both directions, allowing easy entering and existing.
- Use gate and screen door simultaneously
- Steel construction
- Gate swings open in both directions
- 1 year manufacturer against warranty defects.
- Gives visibility to sliding doors so child does not run into the sliding door.
- Along with parent supervision, parents can feel comfortable leaving the sliding door open allowing the fresh air to circulate.
- Can also be used as a pet gate.
- Color: White gate with gray hardware.
Questions and Answers:
- Will the Patio Door Guardian work on all Patio Doors? This lock is designed to work on all inside sliding Patio Doors.
- Will the Patio Door Guardian secure my Patio Door from intruders?This lock is designed to keep your patio door closed and though it does have security benefits it does not lock with a key. It will deter intruders as significant force would have to be used to penetrate the door.
- When I mount the Patio Door Guardian to my patio door, how do I determine where to put the screws? You must mount the screws away from the edge of the glass on the sliding door, so you do not break the glass. Do not rely only on the location of mounting plate holes provided with your Patio Door Guardian instructions. Hold the lock up to the desired height and mark your mounting holes away from the glass edge of the door.
I would look at other options for sliding closet doors unless your doors are solid and white. One option would be the Window Guardian Window Stoppers, 4/BOX which are removable suction cups that can stop sliding closet doors as well as windows to keep kids out. These would have to placed in at least two places per door to keep the door from sliding.
Thank you for your question.