Choosing the right locks for your windows
Burglaries are often opportunistic. An open window or a window which is clearly in disrepair will be like candy to a baby, so we highly recommend you give your windows and frames a health check each year to ensure they are giving you and your family the security and protection you need.
The first thing to check is for any movement in the window whilst it is shut. If you can't feel any movement, no rattling or sideways shifting, then you will really need standard window locks for your window type, but if you do feel movement then it is advisable to use additional security devices such as locking stays, toggle locks or window bolts.
What type of window lock you need will depend on the material of the frame & casement and the aperture of the window opening.
Here are some different security lock devices that can be used on different window styles:
1. Louvre Windows are not as popular these days because they are not the most secure windows. If you have louvre windows it is recommended that you replace them with a window that reaches the recommended minimum standard. If this isn’t possible, then you can insert window locks and stick the frames together with resin adhesive. You may also like to consider bars or grilles which will provide extra peace of mind if security is a concern.
2. Wooden casement windows can become loose in their frames over time due to wood ageing and insect infestation. The degrading of the wood will make it easier to lever a window out of its frame so it is recommended that extra window locks are installed to improve security. For this type of window you need a window lock that will secure the window to the frame when closed. Whether your windows have a 90 degree edge or are tapered, there are locks that will do the job. Window bolts are also a really good option for wooden frames.
3. Sash Windows - traditional wooden slide sash windows will have a central lock that holds the 2 windows together. This doesn’t provide complete security so we recommend installing sash stops which secure each window to the frame. Alternatively you can use dual screws which screw both windows together. uPVC Sash Windows usually now have opening restrictors to provide safety to children and to also restrict the opening to instruders. Some UPVC sash windows also can have anti-jemmy bars installed into the frame at the bottom which helps prevent the window being levered by force.
4. Metal Frame Windows - sliding metal windows can be made more secure by fitting stops in front of the moving panel which can still allow for restricted movement & air but only to a set point. Extra locks such as those detailed above for wooden windows can be installed if there is enough width in the frame to house them.
5. uPVC Double Glazed Windows - double glazed unit must comply with required British Standards. The latest ranges are likely to have multi locking point mechanisms which bolts the window into the frame. They may also have deadlock bolts which secures the opening side of the window to the frame in the top and bottom corners along with a locking handle bolt. Some manufacturers can strengthen the frame further by inserting steel or aluminium if you have a strong concern for security. You can only add additional lock devices to a uPVC window if it doesn’t already have a locking mechanism in the framework.
Stuart Rock is Yale Security trained and can advise on the type of window locks you need for your windows. Yale have a range of window locks for all the different styles of window mentioned above. If you want extra peace of mind that your windows are secure and providing the level of protection you and your family needs, then adding window locks is a cost-effective way of achieving this.
If you would like a free home security survey, please call Stuart on 07900 335525 or visit www.rocks-locks.co.uk for further information on the locksmith services provided by Stuart at Rocks Locks in Camberley, Surrey.