A burglary happens once every 15 seconds.

If you have a sliding glass door at your home or business, burglars may break the glass and enter your space. Unfortunately, the glass is expensive to replace, messy to clean up and allows easy access to your home or business for burglars. Needless to say sliding glass door security can be a tricky thing to accomplish. But there is a way to prevent this. Burglar bars can help to deter burglars as it adds another layer that the would-be thief has to climb through. But not every burglar bar is made the same. If you are in the market for a burglar bar, consider these factors to help you find the best ones for your home or business.


How the Burglar Bar System is Installed

One of the first factors that you need to consider when you are selecting a burglar bar system is how the bars are installed. Some are permanent. They do not move or slide; they simply stay in place helping to deter would be thieves. The other type is a sliding system. This type of system slides back and forth, allowing the sliding glass door to be open and free of bars when you are at home. There are pros and cons to both types of systems. Do your research to determine which is the better option for you.

The Material the Burglar Bar is Made From

Another important factor to consider when you are buying burglar bars for your sliding glass doors for your home or business is what material the bars are made from. Most bars are made from a metal material. This may include:

  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Iron

The type of metal that the bar is made from plays a role in how easy it is to cut through, how heavy it is too move, the cost of the bars and how much and what type of maintenance the bars will need. Once again, it is important to do your research and determine which type of bars are ideal in your situation and make the most sense for you.

The Gauge of the Metal of the Burglar Bar

The last factor to consider when you are selecting burglar bars for your home is the gauge of the metal used in the bars. The gauge of the metal basically means the thickness of the metal. However, when it comes to metal, the smaller the number, the thicker it is. This means that metal with a gauge of 2 is stronger than a metal with a gauge of 20. As such, you want to look for a metal burglar bars with a low gauge, as this makes the metal harder for burglars to attempt to break through.


Burglar bars are only one of the tools that you can use to protect your home or business. A security system offers protection for your entire home or business.

If you are in the market for a security system, Protect America wants to help you. Contact us today for a free quote or to talk to one of our agents about scheduling an appointment to have your system installed.