Do your old, warped and worn-out windows have you worried about the security of your home? It’s time to upgrade your windows. New windows have exceptional features designed for a more secure home, such as new locking technology and stronger materials. But what are the best window types for keeping your home safe? We think the answer is casements.
Choosing casement windows will give you peace of mind, as these are some of the best window operating styles when it comes to bolstering home security. This type of window is hinged on the side, like a door is, and opens sideways with an interior hand crank. Casement windows are available with optional screens, which are removable on the inside of the house.
You can control how far you want the window to open with this crank, letting in as much ventilation you want. Casements are great for tight spaces, such as behind the kitchen sink or in a small guest bathroom. The casement window is considered the most secure because there is no way the crank can be turned from the outside. Thus, there isn’t really a way that an intruder can enter your home through this type of window. You just have to make sure you close and lock it!
When casement windows are closed, the sash is pressed tight into the frame, giving the window added strength. Best part is, no additional hardware is required to make your casement window more secure.
Keep in mind, certain styles of casement windows become flush with the frame when it is closed, rather than having a lip. These are the safest option, as no part of the window can be manipulated from the exterior.
While casement windows by themselves are considered safe, you may opt to take additional actions to increase their safety and deter thieves from getting into your home. Simply closing and locking your casement windows is a great deterrent for burglars, but you may consider implementing these extra safety measures.
- Close the windows properly: They should close flush with the frame. Sometimes they don’t close properly, due to improper installation, frame swelling and paint buildup. Check to see if the sash protrudes further than the frame. If so, an intruder could pry it open with a crowbar.
- Install an auxiliary lock: Burglars target windows that are hidden from view. If your casements are not visible from the street or from the neighbor’s house, install an auxiliary lock.
- Choose impact glass: This type of glass will crack in a spider web pattern on impact but won’t actually shatter. Impact glass can withstand bricks, hammer blows, etc.
- Install a security system: A glass break shock sensor is tripped by vibrations and is attached directly to the window.
Contact Rescom Exteriors for Casement Windows
We specialize in the installation of casement windows. Please contact us for a free quote and consultation by one of our professionals.