Improving Door And Window Security
Windows and doors are among the most vulnerable parts of any property from a security standpoint. Typically, they are the entrance points that most intruders target when attempting to break into a home.
With this in mind, what can we do to make sure that doors and windows are safe and secure? Unfortunately, we can’t just board up our windows and doors and hope for the best. We need a more practical way to ensure that our home’s access points are safe.
In this blog we’re going to look at a number of ways to enhance door and window security.
Enhancing Window Security
- Repairs and maintenance
Before anything else, you should check that your windows are in good condition. When intruders look for homes to break into, they look for the path of least resistance. They’ll keep an eye out for broken locks, old window frames, cracked glass, and so on. In the eyes of burglars, older and poorly maintained windows present less resistance than newer and better maintained ones.Because of this, you should do your best and repair any issues with your windows as soon as possible. If necessary, replace any parts that are beyond repair.
- Additional locks
Most windows only come with a single locking mechanism that prevents them from being opened from the outside. However, once this mechanism breaks either through time or by force, there’s nothing stopping an intruder from coming into your home.To make sure that your windows are as safe as possible, consider installing a secondary back-up lock. Depending on the windows that you have, some locks may be more suitable than others. For example, ventilation locks are perfect for those who want to leave their windows slightly open for airflow. Track locks, on the other hand, are perfect for sliding windows.
If you’re not sure about which locking mechanism is right for you, consider calling your local locksmith.
- Upgrade the glass
Lastly, make sure the window panes themselves are secure. The best way to do this is to upgrade to double-glazed or even triple-glazed windows. Not only will this make your home more energy efficient, it will also make your windows extremely difficult to break.Through tempering, thermal strengthening and chemical treatments, you can also strengthen your glass panes and make them harder to break.
Enhancing Door Security
- Upgrade to a solid-core door
Firstly, make sure that you have a solid-core front door. This will make it harder for intruders to kick down your door and enter your home. Timber, steel and fiberglass are great materials for a strong and secure front entrance. All hollow-core doors should be used indoors only.Similar to your windows, you should also be vigilant and keep an eye out for any signs of disrepair on your front door. Make sure to address any rotting, splitting or dents.
- Replace old door frames
Besides the door itself, the door frame is also an important factor in home security. If the door frame isn’t in good shape, certain locking mechanisms (such as the deadbolt) will become useless.Because of this, make sure you replace your door frame if you’re seeing splitting, cracking or if you notice it shifting when you open and close your door.
- Get a new lock or install a door chain or deadbolt
Once again, it’s important to have secondary locks for your main entrance points. For doors, door chains and deadbolts are probably the best auxiliary locking mechanisms.If intruders are able to get around the primary lock, these back up mechanisms will make it difficult for them to break through.Even if they had the capability to break the secondary lock, it will likely take too much time and effort to accomplish.
Essentially, the harder you make it for a burglar to enter your home, the less likely they’ll even attempt to break in.As you can see, there are many ways to enhance the security of your doors and windows. Though some of these tips might seem obvious and simple, it’s still important to keep them in mind when addressing home security. If you need further advice, be sure to consult a local locksmith or security specialist.