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Home Security/Replacing Sliding Glass doors

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Moved into our (almost) dream home a few yrs ago and am now in the process of planning renovations. There are two sliding glass doors on the first level of the home. The one is in the master bedroom, its old and we would like to remove it and have just a wall put in. The other is an old sliding glass door to the mudroom and we would like to replace that with a more secure door. What are your thoughts on the most secure door I could replace the existing with? I have an opening of approx 72x80, so the simplest option would be another sliding or a french door, however, I feel having this type of door on the ground floor leaves us vulnerable. We would like to keep the cost down of course, but I was wondering if anyone had any insight into a more secure option of the that size opening. We are in a cold climate so keeping heat in is a priority too!
Thanks in advance.
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A long, long time ago a kid named Kemper Hoffman, age 11, a pastors son, ran into a closed sliding double door.

That door's glass shattered, Kemper ended up almost dying with 1,500 stitches to patch him up,

he looked like the cut up doll from the horror flick Chucky.

His sister was my girlfriend at the time, she saw it happen as he was running to dive into their swimming pool.

Had he not been seen he would have bled to death in short order, nothing major was cut but there were so many.

She pulled the table cloth right off the table trashing all the dishes set up and wrapped him tight in it.

That was in 1961, the glass was not tempered, this film technology along with tempering could keep this from happening all together.

I heard of similar cases over the years,

On another note, I investigated cases where a pry bar was used to gain entry by forcing the door right out of the sliding track,

they did not even try to break the glass in any of them.
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