Sliding patio doors can often be the weak link in an otherwise secure house. Be sure to use security bars for added protection on sliding doors and keep them locked when not in use. There are two primary types of security bars: one for standard doors and one for sliding patio doors. Look for a security bar with a patented locking device that can withstand up to 1,000 pounds of force. Patio door security bars should also prevent thieves from lifting the door off the track.
If your home renovation requires new walls, you may want to consider using metal studs. They have many advantages in a basement area, where moisture and insects can be a problem. Metal studs are easy to assemble, and you can pre-cut several at once with a carborundum blade on a power saw. Then, they quickly fasten together with self tapping-screws. Metal studs are lightweight, fireproof, and recyclable.