The quality of your new window is important, without a doubt. However, the best window in the world won’t be effective and secure without a quality window locking mechanism. The one you choose can determine how safe and functional your windows are.
Burglars attempt to enter your home may first try to get in through a door, then a window. They also want to keep noise to a minimum, so therefore breaking glass is not a good option for them if they can avoid it. That’s when you’ll want to have high-quality sashes and locks installed on your windows.
Here at Rescom Exteriors, we install high-quality Bristol windows which come with an industry-leading 50-year warranty. That includes strong sashes and locking mechanisms that work best with each style of window you own. Our double lock systems offers more security against intruders than standard, single lock sashes.
A high-quality sash lock installed and fastened will force the intruder to smash the glass. As we said before, no thief wants to do this to draw attention to themselves. Statistically, intruders will attempt to force open the window. If the lock is too good, they will just move onto the next house to look for vulnerabilities.
You may want to augment with additional locking mechanisms. There are after-market locks you can get to add strength to any window, such as:
- Hinged wedge locks
- Folding locks
- Keyed sash locks
- Chain locks
For sliding windows, you can install a bar, screw-type lock, keyed lock, sliding bolt lock, grills or even a dowel placed in the track, suggests Better Homes and Gardens.
From aluminum to vinyl to brass, there are many lock materials to choose from as well. But even with so many after-market locks at your disposal, there is no substitute for high-quality windows in the first place that include vinyl frames that resist rust, corrosion, humidity and many more elements.
If your windows are sticking and the built-in locks are not latching, this could be due to humidity but the problem shouldn’t get that bad. Locks that don’t latch signal a problem with the window fit. Always call your window installation professional to remedy this situation immediately. A good fit will ensure the locks latch, keeping the window closed against drafts and intruders.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
Need better locks for your old windows? Better yet, are you looking to install replacement windows with state of the art locking mechanisms already built in? Contact Rescom Exteriors today at 508-832-5202.