Life happens whether you’re prepared for it or not.
And maybe you weren’t planning on getting new windows, but now you have to. Or maybe you’re just upgrading and want to maximize the window security in your home and protect your family.
Whether you’ve had a break-in attempt or simply looking to prevent one, a window’s security features are important to consider when deciding on what to get for your replacement. If you’re interested in how your new windows will work with an existing security system, check out our previous post.
Most Canadian window manufacturers design their windows with security as one of the main priorities, so there are a lot of ways even the basic custom windows help protect your home.
Regardless of the style, windows should incorporate heavy-duty hardware that is made from steel. Companies often make windows that have plastic hooks or pins in the locking mechanism, making it a lot easier to break or open the window from the outside.
Multi-point locks are a great feature to consider for casement and awning windows. One handle can control up to three locks, meaning you’re your window can’t be opened by breaking in one place.
Slider windows utilize steel cam-locks for maximum security. Bigger sliders can sometimes have more than one lock along the frame, making them more difficult to open. Another security feature in double slider windows is night latches. These latches allow the window to open up to three inches for ventilation while preventing the windows from being open any further.
Besides making your window difficult to open, you may want to look into security glazings that are difficult to break or get through. SSP glass is twelve times stronger than a regular pane. This glass stays intact even if broken, making it impossible to get through.
Consider your window security features as a major factor when deciding on what replacement to get, and what company to go with.
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