Windows are essential to maintaining adequate indoor ventilation and optimal lighting. However, if they aren’t secured properly, unwanted guests can use them to enter your home. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to secure your windows.
Install Window Locks
It’s fairly easy for unwanted guests to pry open an unsecured window sash, which is why window replacement contractors recommend installing window locks. Note that not all window locks offer the same level of protection.
To help you choose the right one for your home, here’s an overview of the different types of window locks:
- Keyed locks – The problem with installing keyed locks is that they become more of a hindrance if their keys are misplaced. As such, to prevent any inconvenience, it’s important to keep your keys in a safe place or have a spare key hidden somewhere secure.
- Hinged wedge locks – These locks are installed between the two window panes of a single- or double-hung window. Their main advantage is that they can prevent unwanted guests from prying the window open even when it’s left slightly open. If you want to fully open the window, simply move the hinged wedge lock to the side.
- Window pin locks – Window pin locks are ideal for older windows. To install pin locks, a contractor would need to drill one or two small holes in the window frame. Keep in mind that older windows are usually less secure than newer windows. That’s why if your windows are starting to look a bit worn or you’re having trouble opening them, you might need to get a composite window replacement soon.
Install Motion Detectors
Motion detectors can help alert you to any unwanted guests in your home, but they’re no substitute for window locks. It’s best to use them as a supplementary security precaution.
What About Security Bars?
Security bars can keep intruders out, but your local building codes may have restrictions on their usage. The biggest concern about installing security bars is that they prevent your windows from being used as exits during emergencies. That’s why it’s best to consult a contractor before installing new window security devices.
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