Windows are among the most common access points when it comes to break-ins. They’re usually considered the weakest exterior openings in a house – not least because of the poor quality of the old-fashioned or under-reinforced locks and latches they often bear.
However, this doesn’t have to be the case. LockShop Direct stocks a wide range of durable and secure window locks that will guard against any attempted home intrusion.
Windows can often be dangerous too, and improving their safety is a vital part of baby-proofing or pet-proofing a property. We stock a number of accessories to help you do this.
Read on to find out more.
What type of lock should I get?
Many window locks are easily forced, so it’s important to make sure that you fit strong, resistant models. Snaplocks, latches, casement locks, sash locks, bolts and transom locks are all great options depending on the style of window you have.
Should I invest in additional security hardware?
Why not double-up for extra security, adding a catch, a sash blocker or any other secondary mechanism? A child safety lock can be extremely handy too, not necessarily for keeping intruders out but for ensuring that little ones and pets can’t open your windows themselves.
You should also consider cable restrictors. These prevent windows from opening too wide, and can represent an obstacle for anyone trying to force their way in. They’ll also prevent kids from opening windows to a dangerous degree. Ventilation stays are great for this too.
You can even install window bars for extra peace of mind.
While it may not seem to be the most vital element of your new window locks, it’s important that they “work” with the rest of your interior design. Locks and catches are available in a range of materials, including stainless steel or zinc or brass finishes.
Remember, stick to the type of lock recommended for your windows. uPVC locks should only be applied to uPVC frames, for example. If you have wooden frames, seek out locks that are designed to work with them.
Failing to do this will not only make your windows look strange, but it may result in weaker locks that are easily forced or broken.
If you’re particularly concerned about the security of your windows, you can also invest in some simple alarms.
Magnetic sensors are particularly handy here, as they come in two parts – one of which is attached to the window and the other to the frame. When the connection between these two parts is broken, the alarm is triggered.
If you require advice or assistance when planning to upgrade the locks on your windows – or if you’re looking for additional security accessories and need a hand – simply contact our specialists.
Let us know what you’re looking for and tell us what kind of windows you have, and we’ll be able to help you. Call us today on 0845 830 0832 or email email@example.com.