We all want to feel safe in our homes so the thought of someone attempting to break-in is scary.
You may not realise it but your doors and windows are a prime target for would-be burglars and, if left unsecured, can present an easy way in.
But how can you ensure that your doors and windows are well-protected against any unwanted guests?
There are a number of features and methods available for securing your doors and windows, let’s take a closer look at some of these.
Securing your windows
Although windows are already fitted with locks, these may not be sufficient and, therefore, secondary good-quality locks will ensure your windows are impenetrable. There are several types of windows locks on the market. These include:
- Pin locks
These types of locks are designed to prevent the window from being lifted. These are, therefore, an ideal choice for ground floor windows.
- Keyed locks
As the name suggests, these types of locks need a key to be opened and locked making them increasingly difficult to break into.
- Sash locks
A sash window lock is used to lock the sash of the window, preventing it from opening. These types of locks are commonly fitted to double-hung windows.
Not only do your windows themselves matter when it comes to security but so does the glass they have fitted. This is because no matter how secure your window is, if the glass is weak with a throw of a rock a burglar is able to get into your home. Safety glass, also known as tempered glass, is four times stronger than conventional glass making it much more difficult to break. Unlike standard glass, when broken, safety glass will crumble rather than break into jagged edges. The toughness of this type of glass is enough to deter any burglars who avoid making a disturbance.
For added security, window bars can be fitted, meaning even if your window’s glass is compromised, a burglar would struggle to squeeze through the gaps between the bars. Although you may initially be hesitant to add window bars to your home, your house needn’t look like a prison with a number of decorative window bar options that you can customise to match your home’s aesthetic.
Securing your doors
A burglar never wants to be caught red-handed. Therefore, a poorly-lit entranceway is more vulnerable to break-ins. By installing motion lights, you can leave would-be intruders with no place to hide. In some cases, motion lights are enough to deter burglars from attempting to break into your home in the first place.
A durable core
When discussing the best way to secure your door it is integral not to neglect the construction of the door itself. If your door has a hollow core, this will jeopardise the integrity of it and can be easily bashed or kicked in. In order to better protect your door, it is important to ensure that it has a solid core. But how can you be sure whether your door is strong enough? Well, tell-tale signs are by the weight of your door. If your door is lightweight, this would likely suggest that it isn’t solidly constructed.
In terms of door construction, instead of a wooden core, the best option when securing your door is opting for a door with a metal core as they are able to withstand more than conventional hardwood doors.
Choose new windows and doors from Stafford uPVC Windows
As you can see, by taking extra precautions you are able to enjoy your home without worrying about any unwanted guests getting in.
With that being said, if your doors or windows aren’t up to scratch to begin with, there is only so much you can do to secure them. If this is the case, for ultimate peace of mind, your best choice is to replace them with windows and doors that are of high-quality.
At Stafford uPVC Windows, we understand that security is of top priority for homeowners when purchasing new doors or windows. That’s why all of our products are built with security in mind and fitted with sophisticated locking systems. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, when it comes to doors and windows, we know a thing or two so when you choose Stafford uPVC, you can rest assured that your home is in capable hands.
If you’re looking for high-quality replacement windows or doors in Staffordshire or Shropshire, get in touch with us and a member of our team will be happy to discuss your options. Or, better yet, request a free no-obligation quote today