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Why Is It Hard to Secure French Doors?French doors are difficult to secure for several reasons, involving the following weak spots:When French doors open outward, the hinges are exposed on the outside. This means anyone can remove the pins and take the doors off the hinges.Traditional wood French doors have many small panes of glass. The panes are only held in place by short, decorative pieces of molding called muntins. This design is attractive but it can be weak. In many newer metal doors, the muntins are just decorative metal grids placed over single large panes of glass. Because French doors have large glass areas, they leave no place to put locks out of reach of mischievous hands. No matter where the lock is, a burglar can break or cut the glass and reach inside to unlock the door. Double French doors are vulnerable where the two doors come together in the middle. There is generally only an overlap of molding where the doors meet. If the doors open into the room, this weak spot makes them extremely easy to kick in.
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Take a tip from the South. What does every Southern porch need? "A swing, a glass of sweet tea and a dog," declares Rick Clanton of Group 3, in South Carolina. "If that's not the answer to almost any question, it should be."