Your windows are a vital ingredient to a safe and secure home. Your house is your oasis, and ensuring your windows fortify your home from break-ins ranks high on the priority list.
Read on to gain practical insights and expert knowledge that will enable you to make informed decisions when choosing replacement windows that will bolster your dwelling’s safety.
Reinforce Security and Deter Break-ins with New Windows
Safeguard your home against intruders
Burglars are opportunistic criminals who look for properties that are easy targets. Their primary means of entry is through a door, and their second most common entry point is through windows. The good news is that you can deter potential intruders and safeguard your home by fortifying your windows.
Reinforced locking mechanisms
Properly working window locks are an essential facet of your house’s security. Old windows that have worn-out hardware can be manipulated from outside a home. It may be rusted and easy to break when pressure is applied. In contrast, new windows come with hardware that stays locked and cannot be unlocked from outside your house. Ensuring you have sturdy, new locks (and locking your windows!) is an essential part of your windows that can help keep your dwelling safe and secure.
Choose impact-resistant glass
Old windows without glazed glass break easily. Today’s new windows typically feature two layers of glass, fortifying your house from intruders. They come with a variety of types of glazing that can bolster your windowpane’s security level.
Consider tempered glass
Safety glass, or tempered glass, is four times harder than regular glass. It goes through an extreme heating and cooling process that creates an outer layer and inner core that is much stronger than traditional glass. If this type of glass breaks, rather than coming apart into large jagged, dangerous pieces, it breaks into small, dull pieces that help you avoid getting injured from them.
Get window security film
This thin film is applied over your windows and helps strengthen the glass to prevent intruders from entering your home through your windows. It makes your windows harder to penetrate and can cause burglars to move on to look for an easier target. Additionally, the film offers UV protection that helps preserve your furnishings and window coverings.
Select impact-resistant window frames
Made of durable aluminum or fiberglass (also used to make hardhats and canoes), impact-resistant frames are superior in strength, offering greater safety and security for you and your loved ones. In addition to keeping you safer, these frames resist dents, rot and corrosion, and offer the longevity you desire out of your new windows.
How New Windows Ensure Your Child’s Safety
When windows get old and fail, they can become difficult to shut, making it dangerous for young children. Additionally, windows that can be easily opened by a child can pose threats to their safety. To ensure child safety, consider investing in double-hung style windows. Their top sash can be opened while leaving the bottom sash secured shut. This gives you the fresh air you desire without putting your child at risk. Double-hung windows also offer a secure option if you have pets.
How New Windows Increase Fire Safety
If a fire broke out and you needed to escape through a window, it is vital that you can open it. Old windows tend to get stuck closed. New windows open with ease, making an emergency exit easier if you ever need one.
How to Check Your Home Window’s Security
Examine your window’s locking mechanism
Verify windows lock securely, function properly, and are made of a durable material.
Check your windowpanes
Do your glass windowpanes fit securely in their frames? If they are loose or rattle when you press on them, it is time for them to be replaced.
Survey your window frames
Are there cracks or gaps in your frames? Do they show signs of being unsecured or worn-out? If so, they could make your property an easy target.
Prioritize the Safety and Well-being of Your Loved Ones
Do not allow your house to be an easy prey to opportunistic criminals. Fortify your security with replacement windows that allow you to rest at ease knowing you and your loved ones are safe.
New windows can help protect you. Learn more about how our window installation services can meet your needs. Beissel Window & Siding is a Marvin Windows Authorized Replacement contractor serving the greater Twin Cities area, and we bring over seven decades of experience into guiding you toward attractive and effective window solutions.