Aside from the front and back door, windows are the most common entry point for home intruders. Most windows, especially older ones, are made from fragile glass and frames, making them an easy target. They’re also more likely to be left unlocked or even open when you’re away from home. Hopefully you never experience a break in, but it’s always best to be prepared so that you and your family can feel safe. At New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc., we’ve compiled a list of ways to help make your windows more secure.
1. Secure Window Locks. Remember to lock your windows at night and if no one is home. If your windows don’t have a lock, consider installing one or replacing the windows altogether. There are windows available with special locks to deter intruders, such as Soft-Lite windows, which utilize heavy-duty hardware and multiple locking points for added peace of mind.
2. Sturdy Glass. Polycarbonate, Plexiglas and tempered-glass windows all offer more security than average glass windows do. The stronger the glass, the harder it will be to break.
3. Window Alarms. If you want to take extra precautions, install a window alarm system or home security camera. That way, if someone does try to break in, you’ll be notified and have time to get help.
4. Frames. The material used in a window frame can make a big difference when it comes to security. If your window frames have deteriorated over time, replacing them with sturdy vinyl or wood windows can improve structural integrity, as well as offer upgraded, reinforced hardware for maximum protection.
5. Propriety Technology. If you’re thinking about replacing your windows, there are many options with additional security benefits. Soft-Lite windows, for example, feature fusion-welded seams and K-Beam Thermal Reinforcement with DuPont Kevlar – which provides impact-resistant protection.
6. Check the Upstairs Windows. Window security doesn’t just apply to the first level. If your home has a second story, make sure those windows are secure, too. Intruders can crawl onto the roof via tall trees and backyard fixtures. Since most bedrooms are located upstairs where you and your kids are sleeping, it’s a safety precaution that can’t be overlooked.
Feel Safer with New Windows
If your windows don’t feel as safe as you want them to, contact New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc. and ask about our window replacement services. Contact us online or call 973-671-4671 to schedule a consultation with our team and receive a free estimate to help you protect your home and family.