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You want to do all you can to protect your property against theft and intruders, especially during the summer. Unfortunately windows are one of the weakest points. Burglars love an unsecured window. With just a single jimmy or blow they can breach your window and have access to your home. This is why window replacement is the best time to think about security measures in your home. Safety starts by choosing the right window styles, materials, and glazing. Beyond that there are a few other measures you can take. Read on to find out more.
Protect your Property and Loved Ones
Here is what you want to consider when you worry about home security:
- Window Style
Not all windows provide the same level of security. For example, casement windows operate on a hand crank from inside your home. These windows are more secure than single or double hung windows. The next safest options are horizontal sliders because they are not as easy to operate from the outside.
- Strong Frames
When choosing new windows you want strong frames and rigid sashes. Different materials will have different performance. Wood is not the best for security. You want vinyl, aluminum, or fiberglass. These are more rigid.
- Quality Glass
Glazing also plays an important role in home security. Impact resistant glass is reinforced and will shatter on impact, but will remain intact. Entry, while not completely impossible, will certainly be more difficult.
- Window Locks
When it comes to security, hardware is important. Be sure to choose high-grade locks and latches. These will deter thieves and burglars who prefer to quietly force a window instead of drawing unnecessary attention to themselves. Most manufacturers fit new windows with secure locking systems. Just remember, a lock that secures the frame is more effective than one that only secures a handle.
- Safety and Privacy Films
Impact-resistant glass is more expensive, and not suitable for every home. However, there are still things you can do to bolster security. A cheaper option is to use safety film over your existing windows.
- Window Bars or Shutters
No one likes to feel like they are behind bars in their own home, but if you truly are concerned about security, window bars are always an option—especially for basement windows. These are common entry points for criminals and are often overlooked by homeowners.
- Contacts and Sensors
If you fear your windows could be forced open, think about installing a contact alarm. This will alert you when contact is broken, similar to alarms used on doors. However, these devices cannot sense if the glass is broken instead of the window being opened. So you might also consider installing glass break sensors.
Other Ways to Improve Security
Around your home you can also:
- Illuminate your property at night
- Keep your landscaping trimmed and away from openings
- Secure upper windows that open out onto a patio, porch, or garage roof
- Ask neighbors to watch for strangers outside your home
Want to boost your home security? Get started by installing new windows in Chicago, IL today. Call Scientific Home Services today at (847) 752-0370. We provide the best window and door products on the market and treat your home in Chicago, IL as if it were our own. Want to see some of our products for yourself? Come by 7240 Saint Louis Ave., Skokie, IL 60076.