Homeowners do what they can to protect their home and property. Windows are one of the weakest links in that security. And burglars and intruders love an outdated, unsecured window. That is why keeping security in mind is important when choosing options for replacement windows in Seattle, WA. Here are a few features to consider:
Strong and Durable Frames
When choosing replacement windows, homeowners need to understand the pros and cons of the different window materials. Vinyl and wood windows are great for insulation, but they are not as rigid. Aluminum and fiberglass window frames are strong and rigid. They are more durable and will hold up better against impacts.
Secure Window Styles
Certain window styles are more secure than others. Perhaps the best are picture windows. Because they do not open and close the only way in would be trough, and most intruders don’t want to make a lot of noise. The next best windows are casement windows, awning windows, and hopper windows. These all have a very similar design. They hinge to one side, at the top of the frame, or at the bottom of the frame. And they often have hook-like locks that set inside the frame making them almost impossible to leverage from the outside.
Safety glass is another must-have upgrade if you want to improve the security of your home, but not just any safety glass. Tempered glass is stronger, but it can still break into small pieces and very little will remain inside the frame if it shatters. A better option might be laminated glass. This has a polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer sandwiched between two panes of glass. If the glass breaks it still adheres to the interlayer and remains largely intact.
In addition to safety glass, there are other glazing technologies homeowners can leverage to boost security. It starts with the number of panes on the window. Two is the standard, but homeowners can add an extra pane for even more protection. Another option is to add special tinted or reflective coatings that create more privacy. Etched glass is another solution. Most intruders don’t want to break into a home where they can’t see what they are getting in to.
Supplementary Locks and Hardware
The hardware on replacement windows is also important. Flimsy locks won’t do any good. It would be better to invest in supplemental locks and hardware that are stronger and more durable. It might also be worth it to invest in window bars or window alarms if the home is located in a particularly crime riddled-area.
It can be hard to navigate all the safety and security features on replacement windows in Seattle, WA. If you need help deciding on the best solutions for your home contact Signature Window & Door Replacement. We offer top of the line products at fair prices. And with over 30 years on the business, you can benefit from our product knowledge. Do not hesitate to call us at (253) 887-7792 if you have questions about window security. And if you want to check out some of our products stop by 22613 68th Ave. S. Kent, WA 98032.