Most homeowners use replacement windows in Redmond, WA to help improve aesthetics, energy efficiency, and increase the value of their home. They often forget that windows also go a long way in securing and protecting the home. It’s true, old windows can make the home vulnerable to damage, break-ins, and dangerous accidents. So when it comes to choosing the most secure windows for the home, these are the features homeowners should keep in mind:
More Secure Designs
Different window styles provide varying levels of security. The most secure windows are probably picture windows. These are fixed, meaning they do not open and close. There are no vulnerable moving parts to pry open or exploit. For an intruder to get through they would have to break the glass. The next most secure window styles are usually awning, casement, and hopper windows. These close tight against the frame and lock or latch in place. The locks and latches are inside, making these windows particularly difficult to pry open. The most vulnerable windows are probably sliding, single hung, and double hung windows. But even then, these have locks and latches meant to improve security and keep occupants safe.
Better Frame Materials
Another thing to consider when choosing replacement windows is the frame material. The materials on older windows do not have the same strength and durability of modern products. Manufacturers have gone the extra mile to make sure their window frames are stronger and more durable than ever. Some of the strongest frame materials are fiberglass and aluminum. While surprisingly lightweight, these materials have incredible strength. They are often the products homeowners choose for impact resistance because they do not dent, rust, rot, or corrode.
More Durable Hardware
Along with stronger frames, manufactures have also created stronger and more secure locking systems on their windows. The hardware is stronger and designed to resisting prying open from the outside. There is also the option of purchasing supplementary locking systems for windows, adding another layer of protection to the home.
Stronger Glazing Technologies
Modern window glazing features multiple panes of glass treated or coated for additional strength and durability. Tempered safety glass is one example. Instead of breaking into large, dangerous shards, the tempered glass breaks into small, more cubic pieces that are not as dangerous. Then there is impact resistant glass. This has a polyvinyl butyral interlayer with a glass pressed to both sides. The vinyl keeps the glass largely intact, even if it is broken. Both of these could be important features on windows meant to improve security.
Privacy is another way to keep a home safe. Most burglars or intruders don’t want to force entry into a place where they can’t see inside. In most cases, homeowners can use window coverings for privacy. But areas with high humidity, like kitchens and bathrooms, don’t lend themselves well to most window treatments. This is where etched privacy glass can be useful. It will still allow in plenty of light, but block the view of prying eyes.
These are the features to keep in mind if you want to update the safety and security of your home with replacement windows in Redmond, WA. For more help choosing the right products for your home contact Signature Window & Door Replacement.