Smart locks are a staple in most smart homes. They are extremely convenient and add to the efficiency of our homes. Most of us have at least one in our house, usually on the front door. But what about the other doors in our house? In particular, that back patio sliding glass door.
These sliding glass doors are obviously much different than any other door in our home. They slide and have a latch locking mechanism that can be easily defeated by an experienced thief. They can also be the biggest piece of glass in our home as well, adding to the concerns around security.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing, there was not one company that offered a truly smart and secure smart lock for sliding glass doors. Well, none that we could confidently recommend. There have been some companies that have tried to break into the space but never really got of the ground like Padiolock and few others.
When I think about smart locks for our patios doors, there are a few things I think are of upmost importance when considering any device. Those are:
- Will the lock fit into your existing smart homes ecosystem? If your home is controlled by Alexa, Google Nest or whatever, you will obviously want this lock to be able to be integrated into your home seamlessly.
- Will the lock add an extra layer of security to my patio door? Patio doors are notorious for being the point of entry for many home burglars. The reason for that is the locks on these doors tend to be less secure and easily defeated. A smart lock should make that a non-issue.
- Will the lock allow for keyless entry and extra automation? It is a smart lock, so there should be something smart about it, right?
Again, we have yet to find the perfect smart lock for sliding doors. No one has seemed to put much resources into developing these yet. But as they come out we will surely be writing about them.
Instead of leaving you hanging, we have gathered a few products that add some smarts, security and ‘wow’ to your sliding patio doors.
When I think of smart locks in general, one of the most important features is keyless entry. Having a lock work with geofencing or bluetooth to automatically unlock would be ideal, for sure, but this key pad lock is a decent option.
Lockey Surface Mount Hook Bolt
The Lockey 2500 is an add on to your sliding door and allows for keyless entry. It does only allow for on key pin, so you will have to share that around with your friends and family who will be using the lock. This one also comes with two keys for locking and unlocking. Yeah, I know, keys are old fashioned but having that extra accessibility is pretty nice.
These locks are designed for sliding doors or other doors where a hook bolt is required. They are weather resistant and come with a lifetime warranty. Changing the code is pretty easy as well, you can find video instructions here.
Below is a quick video of the lock in action:
Now this lock does not check all of the boxes for our ideal smart lock, but it does add a better functioning lock and a keyless entry.
Above, I mentioned smart door locks should add some automation to that door. Well, the autoslide does just that but in a way cooler way than you might be thinking.
Autoslide AS01BC Automatic Patio Door Starter Kit, Black
The Autoslide is a DIY system that completely automates your sliding doors, meaning it opens and closes the door for you, hands-free. The Autoslide has two ways of opening the door: with a remote and with infrared motion sensors.
For whatever reason, the sensors were not being offered on Amazon when this article was written. You can find the motion detection sensors here. If you want the true hands free automatic door experience, you will want the motions sensors.
Here is a video demonstrating how it works:
These will work with doors up to 200 pounds. Installation is fairly easy and it comes with a DVD that shows how it is installed. They have a 2-year warranty, that should add some peace of mind if you plan in investing in one of these as they are a bit pricey.
They even have a model for pets! The AutoSlide smart tag door system allows your pet access in and out of your sliding door without you having to open and close it for them.
This bundle comes with an RFID tag that you can attach to your pet’s collar. When they are in a preset distance from the door, it will open. That range can be 3 feet, 5 feet or 10 feet.
This will definitely add that ‘wow’ to your sliding door and make it a bit more efficient, but it still does not integrate into your smart home ecosystem. As of right now, this does not work with any of the voice assistants allow for remote controlling from your smart phone.
Nonetheless, it is still really cool!
One major concern with existing sliding door locks is the lack of security they actually provide. Anyone can use a screwdriver to pry into most sliding glass doors. They really are not effective at all. If you are just looking to add some heavier reinforcements to your door, why not just add an extra lock to the door?
When I was younger, our sliding door lock was an old broom stick cut to fit in between the door and wall. Although effective, there are other options out there. Options that are just as, if not more effective and much more presentable.
CAL Lock Smart Bolt Lock Sliding Door
The Cal Lock is an easy and effective way to beef up the lock on your patio door! It is a double bolt lock that attaches easily to your existing door. It has been tested to withstand over 1000 pounds of force. These are not only for sliding doors but can be used on french doors as well.
Here is a quick video on installation. They really are easy to set up and come in white and black to better match your door color.
now, this lock is by no means smart. This is simply a way to beef up your existing door lock. If you are solely trying to add some more security to your home, this will definitely be a step in the right direction.
If added security is your main objective, you can also add a simple motion detector to your door. With motion detectors, you can be alerted of anything happens around your sliding glass door,
This Samsung SmartThings motion detector works with Google, Alexa, SmartThings, and Z-Wave and ZigBee communication protocols. Although it is not a lock, it does help with security and will add to your peace of mind.
You could also add a glass break detector, but I hear they can be overcome if the burglar knows what they are doing. There really is no easy way to get around a motion detector, especially if you don’t know its there.
Assure Lock for Andersen® Patio Doors
These are the real deal smart locks. Only problem is they are specifically for Andersen hinged doors. They will not work on your existing sliding glass doors.
If you are planning on upgrading your patio doors, you will want to consider these doors and this lock. You can find more on the lock itself here.
I do not have Andersen doors and probably won’t for a while. From what I was able to dig up on these, they can be retrofitted if you already have these doors or come with new installs. You will have to reach out to your local Andersen dealer to find out more. You can find your local dealer here.
Windows and doors manufacturer Andersen has reached an agreement with Yale Home to bring keyless smart locks to its patio doors and entrance systems.
“Homeowners want smart home technology for their doors to complement their already connected homes,” says Melissa Meyers, Andersen Windows product manager. “The Yale Assure Lock for Andersen Patio Doors provides peace of mind with key-free convenience to remotely lock and unlock their Andersen patio or entry doors.”
Yale Assure Lock for Andersen patio doors is available in three different smart lock options: touch screen, Z-Wave, or Bluetooth and Wifi. By offering different options, Andersen and Yale Home hopes to have a solution for any type of homeowner. The touchscreen option allows for keyless access. Z-Wave brings remote access to patio doors. Bluetooth and Wifi options allow for keyless abilities through a Wifi connection but can also be integrated with smart home systems such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and AppleHomeKit. Homeowners can choose either a standalone touchscreen option, touchscreen paired with Bluetooth and Wifi, or touchscreen with Z-Wave.
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Like many other smart home technologies, Andersen patio doors can be remotely controlled through an app, Yale Access. This app allows homeowners to send digital keys amongst one another or friends, but it also tracks who has access, recent access history, and offers a permanent revocation of keys option.
Yale’s locks can be added onto Andersen E-Series and A-Series patio doors, entry doors, and folding doors. The company says the locks will never lose power due to its battery back-up.
Additionally, a keyless design means no cylinder and no pick and bump break-ins. Homeowners who lose their keys may enjoy the keyless option and no matter which solution is chosen, all Yale Assure Locks automatically lock, the company says.
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Available in three finishes—white, black, or satin nickel—homeowners can choose a specific finish to blend into their existing Andersen door. The doors that offer Yale Assure Lock each have a thin, linear handle, so when the lock is added, the handle’s base is extended slightly to fit the touchscreen.
“Through our partnership with Yale, this industry-leading, exclusive electronic lock gives homeowners the fully integrated home automation system they desire with increased safety, security and ease of managing their home,” says Meyers.
Andersen offers several other smart home products that can fit with different doors and windows. Its VeriLock Security Sensors and Wireless Open/Closed Sensors can tell homeowners when their windows and patio doors are open, locked, or unlocked, the company says.
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The collaboration between Andersen and Yale comes at a time when the market for smart locks is growing rapidly. MarketsandMarkets Research, a B2B research firm, says the smart lock market is expected to reach $2.67 billion by 2023, up from $1.28 billion in 2017.
“Rising adoption of smartphones and other connected devices acts as a driver for the growth of the market,” the company writes. “Moreover, growing security and safety concerns and enhanced features compared with traditional lock systems also drive the growth of this market.”
Growing at a compound annual growth rate of about 13.1 percent, the smart lock market is especially strong in the residential sector.
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You will need to ask yourself a few questions with a smart lock.
- What happens if I lose my phone?
- What happens if the battery on the lock dies?
- Can someone use my voice assistant to unlock my door?
- Is there a backup key on the lock?
- What type of encryption does the company use on the passwords and access codes.
- Can I setup codes to my lock remotely?
We will go through each of these in more detail.
What happens if I lose my phone?
Most smart lock companies give you the option of logging into your account on their website and disabling all access codes from your device and removing your phone as a trusted device. The thief would not only need to get your phone and pin but if you only have a Bluetooth lock would need to be within 50-100 feet of your home for the lock to work.
What happens if the battery on the lock dies?
Most smart locks come with either an audible low battery alert warning or they will send you an alert via their app or text message to let you know well ahead of time that your lock batteries are running low.
Some locks are outfitted with a 9V battery backup system on the exterior that lets you recharge the lock battery from the outside if needed.
Most locks also come with a physical key backup option so that if your mobile phone and app or the lock is out of battery you can still access your home or apartment.
Can someone use my voice assistant to unlock my door?
The short answer is unlikely.
The longer answer is in theory their are a few locks on the market that this would be possible. The thief would have to know first of all that you have a smart lock in the first place. Some locks restrict voice control so that they can only lock and check the status of the lock and not unlock the device.
Is there a backup key on the lock?
Most smart locks come with a physical key backup.
What type of encryption does the company use on the passwords and access codes.
Most lock manufacturers will use AES with at least 128 bit encryption , the higher is better so if possible look for a lock with 256 bits.
Another issue to look out for is if the smart lock itself or a lock connected to a home hub will store your access code information on the device.
Another vector of attack is from your mobile phone being compromised and getting access to your codes via your locks app.
AV-Test did a nice breakdown of some top smart locks and their security capabilities if you would like to dig in more.
Can I setup codes to my lock remotely?
Many locks allow you to do this if you have Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity via the lock itself of using a bridge device or other smart home hub. In this situation you will need to make sure you follow best practices for keeping your smart phone secure.
If you are concerned about security we would recommend getting a interior deadbolt replacement version so that from the exterior you cannot tell that you have a smart lock installed at all. Another option for peace of mind is to have a smart video doorbell and have footage of your door recorded in the case something does occur.
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Lockly’s smart locks are known for their innovative security features, such as a randomizing PIN pad called “PIN Genie” that keeps people from guessing your code by watching your hand movements. The locks also allow access by fingerprint, one-time codes, voice control, and through the app. Previously, Lockly smart locks only worked with deadbolt and latch locks, but at CES 2021, the company introduced Guard, which makes new and existing sliding and swing-style doors smart.
It’s been tough to find a smart solution for sliding doors since they don’t use deadbolts, so the Guard is a welcome addition to the space. The lock comes in three finishes: Metallic Chrome, Satin Nickel, and Matte Black. The Lockly app allows you to see a timeline of when the door was used and by whom (if you assign all users unique entry codes), and it’s where you’ll register your fingerprint, assign other users codes, and control the lock by either WiFi or Bluetooth.
Alexa and Bluetooth compatibility means that you can lock or unlock your door with a quick voice command (plus a PIN for extra security if you’re unlocking). Though you can set the Guard to automatically lock when the door is closed, you can also use Alexa and Google to check whether it is indeed locked.
Guard is expected to be available for purchase in Q2, and it will be priced at $500.
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Door smart lock patio
I have always been attracted to smart locks and therefore I tried Kwikset Smartcode 993 and Nest X Yale to add more efficiency and security to my home. So, did they made my home more secure? Yes, without any doubt, these smart locks made my front door more secured and almost invulnerable to burglars and intruders.
But at the same time, I have a sliding glass door at the back of my house, you can say it a patio that remained vulnerable and I never thought of securing that door. But a few months earlier, the burglary happened in my neighborhood and it was discovered that burglars entered the house through the patio sliding glass door.
This incident raised a lot of concerns in my mind and therefore I started researching the smart locks that can be used in a sliding glass door. I also started to find out the weak points of a sliding glass door.
The biggest weak point is that the whole door is made of glass, it can be easily broken with a little effort. Sliding doors also have a latch locking mechanism which can be easily fooled by an experienced intruder.
My research also told me that none of the companies have yet made a true smart lock for a sliding door. My mind was full of several questions; will my sliding door lock would integrate with my home security system?
Will lock allow extra automation and keyless entry? There were several questions going in my head and then I found out some really cool locks which served a lot greater purpose from the last few months.
This article is all about these 3 smart locks which made my home more secure than earlier. I would also like to recommend BDF S8MC Window Film Security for your windows, as these windows can also be used for a forced entry into your house.
This film is very tough and even if an intruder tries to break in, it won’t happen easily.
Sliding Smart Door locks : My personal favorite
Lockey 2500SCKA Surface Mount Hook Bolt – Keyless Entry Lock
Since I was searching for a smart lock having a keyless entry option, this lock looked more promising to me as I didn’t require any key for locking or unlocking it. And this is the option which everyone of us keep searching for in a lock, which makes our home secured at the same time we don’t have to carry keys.
This surface mount lock is manufactured by a USA company Lockey and therefore the lock is popularly known as Lockey 2500.
This lock is purely mechanical and comes with a push button lock. You just have to set up a pin lock and unlock the door and you will have to share it with your family and friends who would use the door.
The lock also comes with two keys but this is just for an added extra security in case you forget your PIN. Lockey 2500 can be easily programmed and is a great lock for a sliding door with some smart features.
This is a hook bolt style lock and is made of Nickle which makes it weather resistant. Apart from all these features, you get a Lifetime Warranty on this lock.
Autoslide AS01BC Automatic Patio Door: Automatic DIY Sliding Door lock
This Autoslide Door Lockis a lock that is really very smart in function and you don’t have to open or close your sliding door. The automatic DIY Sliding Door Lock really provides automation to your door and the doors open and closes without touching (hands-free).
You have two different options to open and close the door, you can either integrate it with an infrared device or you can use motion sensors for its automatic sliders.
So, how does it really works? The system comes with a motor, an electronic controller, and a low voltage DC supply. The box also contains two wireless push buttons which are wall-mounted and is placed on both sides of the door opening. Additionally, you can also but infrared motion sensors.
The total weight that this lock can hold is 132lbs and provides an installation DVD for DIY. The auto slide provides a warranty of two years on this lock.
If you are a pet lover and you have a pet in your home, then you can also get a pet version of Autoslide.
The system comes with a RFIF tag that you can put on the collar of your dog. Once they are near the door, the sliding door will open. You can even set the distance from the door which can be 3, 5 or 10 feet.
I really like this lock. It’s amazingly smart!!!
ASSURE LOCK FOR ANDERSEN® PATIO DOORS
This lock can be your true smart sliding door lock only if you have Andersen Patio Doors or if you are planning to upgrade your sliding door.
The Assure Lock won’t work with your existing sliding doors. Anyway, if you want to get more information about the Anderson lock, you can watch the below video.
I really have never used this product as I don’t have a sliding door from Anderson. However, the reviews are good and you should really go for it if upgrading your patio doors. You can find your local Andersen dealer here.
However, if you are looking for a door lock for your front door then we have reviewed The Kwikset 909 Smartcode – Best Deadbolt I’ve Got So Far for you.
Some alternatives to sliding door locks
It’s good to have a smart lock on your sliding and front door but having some extra security is always better.
However, you can use any of the above locks for securing your sliding door but you can still use a double bolt latch to make the sliding door more secured.
Adding a motion sensor around the sliding door and windows is even better. A motion sensor can let you know about anything that crosses your door even when you have not locked your door properly.
CAL Smart Double Bolt Sliding Door Lock
The CAL Smartis a heavy-duty double-bolt lock having two lock pins. This lock is very easy to install and can withstand 1000lbs of force which makes it more durable to keep your sliding doors and windows secured.
Check out this quick video to understand how to install CAL Smart Lock with ease: –
However, this lock is not a smart lock but is a better lock for additional security of your house. This can also be used with a French door. So, if you are really trying to make your house secured for your family then using this for extra security will definitely be worth.
I always think of a plan B and therefore I am always ready with extra security. I am using sliding door locks and even double Bolt locks but what will happen if these get compromised. How would I provide security to my family?
Therefore, I moved a step further and installed a motion sensor at my door. However, this is of no use until my locks are compromised but in a situation like that, it can be of great use. I would be able to know about any activity that would happen at my sliding glass door.
Therefore, I purchase this Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor from Amazon. I really like this motion sensor as it can be integrated with my Alexa and even with ADT smart Security Hub.
Many people want to upgrade their sliding door with some awesome smart lock technology but aren’t sure if that type of product even exists.
Due to the large variance in sliding door design, there is no commercial smart lock solution to sliding doors. Unlike traditional deadbolts, every glass door is different in the way that it locks and unlocks. This variance makes it very difficult for companies to manufacture a door lock that would fit a large portion of consumers.
There a few more reasons why companies haven’t developed a product in this market, and I would love to talk about why. There are even some other solutions if you are willing to do some heavy modifications.
Why companies haven’t made smart locks for sliding doors
Many people already have a smart lock on their front door and the fall in love with the concept.
Smart locks are so cool, and if you have one you know what it is like to have the power and peace of mind that comes with a smart lock.
Whether you are looking to add on to your current smart home solutions or install your first smart lock on your sliding door, there is a lot of appeal in having a smart lock installed on a sliding door.
Many people tend to leave their sliding doors unlocked, yet that is a major security threat. It would be great if you could install a smart lock to add a lot of security to your home.
Much of the appeal that smart locks have is the idea that you can sit in bed and lock up your entire home with the touch of a button, but without a smart lock on your sliding glass door, you really can’t know that.
So why hasn’t anybody made a smart lock for glass doors if there is such high demand for such a device?
It is actually quite simple
With most smart locks, they are a “one size fits all” model. Almost any smart lock can be installed on any door because deadbolts are pretty simple and have many standards that the entire industry follows. Almost every non-electronic deadbolt is basically indistinguishable from its competition.
This industry standard for deadbolts makes it really easy to engineer a smart lock that works with the current system to secure your home. These smart locks sometimes even use the deadbolt that is already in place, and simply piggyback on top of the existing hardware to make things even more seamless.
The issue with sliding doors is that they have a ton of variance in how they are created and designed. Although it is really great for home design, it really hurts the chances of there being any sort of smart lock solution.
Put yourself in the shoes of any sort of smart lock company. Although they may have a lot of different models, most of the difference between each of the models is look. They all have basically the same design and hardware.
Schlage, for example, has a plethora of smart locks, but almost all of them are deadbolt based with a keypad on the outside. Schlage makes really great locks because they stick to what works best.
If they were to start manufacturing locks for sliding doors, they would need to seriously alter the design for each and every different brand of doors.
Some doors have a similar deadbolt system but instead, they use a hook. Although making a smart lock for these sliding doors might be relatively straightforward, the potential market is relatively small when compared to their normal deadbolt market.
Everybody has a deadbolt, but only some have sliding doors
Every single homeowner has a deadbolt of some kind. Most people even have multiple deadbolts due to the need for back doors. This means that the market for smart locks is huge, and therefore demands a lot of research and development from large companies. They develop their smart locks because there a large number of people demanding them.
Although there are still a lot of sliding doors in the world that are potential customers, no smart lock company has decided that it is worth it to start research and development on a lock that fits on a sliding door.
Hopefully, there is some sort of deal worked out in the future where sliding door companies make their locking mechanism more consistent so our favorite smart lock manufacturers can get us some kind of solution.
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What if I just want to know if my sliding door is locked?
Many of you love your smart locks because they tell you whether or not your door is locked. That added security helps some people sleep better at night. I totally understand that.
Several solutions are available, but my personal favorite is buying a simple Wifi camera that you can put in a place that has a good view of your sliding door. This would let you view your door and see if it is at the very least closed, but if you have the type of sliding door with a very obvious locking mechanism you will be able to tell if it is locked.
I realize that this is not the best solution, but it at least will give you more peace of mind if you are far away and just need to know if everything is locked up.
If you absolutely cannot get to your door to lock it then you can call a trusted neighbor, and with the added security of a wifi camera, you can even make sure that your neighbor is doing anything they are not supposed to!
Here is a great camera that will work perfectly for something like this (Amazon)
One more thing that might work to know if your door is locked
So, many companies sell these very small sensors that only tell you if a door is closed, but what if I told you there was a way to rig it so that you would know if your door is locked?
May I present the Nest Detect.
I love this device. It is so cool. The way I could see this being used on your door is by attaching the nest detect to your sliding door, and then attaching the corresponding sensor piece to the locking mechanism in a way that puts it close to the nest detect when the door is locked.
See how cool this could be?
It is a pretty simple solution to that problem, and although it may not be able to lock your door, it will be able to do plenty of other things that smart locks generally don’t do such as motion sensing and other handy tools. This tool is made by google, so check it out on the google store and see for yourself.
Home Grown Solutions
I do not recommend using smart locks for anything but their intended purpose, but if you are dead set on installing some sort of locking mechanism, and are willing to do some heavy modifications to do it, I have some ideas for you.
1: Don’t bother messing with the locking mechanism itself.
Your first reaction is going to be to find a way to rig a deadbolt smart lock to work on a sliding door lock, and that simply will not happen.
The best thing to do is to install your own locking mechanism at the bottom of the door somewhere along the sliding track.
All you need to do is have a mechanism that will place and remove something that will block the door from moving into the open position.
Whether you rig a deadbolt lock on the floor to slide into place or you have some sort of system to lock an arm into position is up to you.
2: Buy a cheap smart lock to pull apart.
Building something from scratch may sound like fun, but it is going to take a lot of work. The best thing to do is find some sort of smart device that you can jerry-rig into places it shouldn’t be.
My recommendation is to get a cheap deadbolt lock and find out a way that you can use the deadbolt motion to stop your door from moving back and forth.
3: Try not to make it look ugly.
Nobody wants some ugly wires and metal pieces sticking out everywhere. Try and make your lock discreet and borderline unnoticeable.
If you are going to try this, I wish you luck. It is going to be more of a project than you intend it to be.
Can I install a smart lock on a garage door? There are plenty of smart locks for garage doors as well as doors with just a handle lock. Although expensive, they are easy to install and have many if not all of the standard smart lock features.
Do all smart locks require a hub? Many smart locks do not require a hub to function, but in order to have any features outside of using a smartphone as a Bluetooth key, a hub is required.
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