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In many cases, people opt for double glazed windows simply for the improved appearance, but upgrading from single to double glazed windows brings the added benefit of better security. Homes with single glazed windows are at the highest risk, as the windows provide many points of weakness, becoming an easy target for burglars.
With one pane of glass within a frame, old single glazed windows can be easily broken and shattered. The type of glass used is typically brittle compared to safety glass; this old style glass can give intruders instant access to your home.
Another point of weakness for outdated windows is the frames. Frames made from wood can deteriorate over time without regular maintenance. Rotting or broken frames can allow burglars to forcibly open windows without much effort. Old and ineffective locking mechanisms are another characteristic of single glazed windows providing little protection against intruders.
Today, most double glazed window units are designed with in-built security features and technology, ask your supplier about products which adhere to the ‘Secured by Design’ scheme, or have been certified by the British Standard Institute. Windows which have been accredited by these schemes have been manufactured to provide the utmost protection against criminal activity and to give you peace of mind. Accredited windows include features such as:
By upgrading from single to double glazed windows you can significantly reduce the risk of burglary and theft.
When it comes to your family and possessions you can never be too protected, selecting glass panes that have been specially treated to improve how effective they are at preventing break-ins is a worthwhile way to safeguard your property.
There are two types of safety glass available for homes, toughened glass and laminated glass – both greatly reduce the likelihood of a break-in, however, the manufacturing methods create different benefits:
Glass that has been toughened is durable and extremely resilient against force – up to five times stronger than regular glass. The ability to withstand increased levels of shock is the result of heating regular glass up to immense temperatures (620°C) and rapidly cooling the material. Although the glass is not immune to breakage, the material is extremely robust and unlikely to be easily breached. Toughened glass can act as a great deterrent during an attempted break-in as the force needed to penetrate the glass will likely bring unwanted attention to a burglar and alert neighbours.
Whilst having the same strength as regular glass, laminated glass provides protection by sandwiching a sheet of durable plastic between two panes. Laminated glass is intelligently designed to reduce intruder opportunities by making it hard to make a hole when the pane is attacked. Once broken, the interlayer plastic will hold all broken shards together; this prevents intruders from being able to simply climb in through a broken window.
The price for toughened and laminated glass is higher than regular glass, however, both types of safety glass are extremely effective for security and can make the difference between an attempted break-in and an actual burglary.
A good lock can make or break a window in terms of security; there are multiple different locks and bolts which can be used for added safety and security.
Although your windows may not look like they need replacing or upgrading, older windows which lack up to date security features can compromise the safety of your family and home. Unfortunately, burglars have made it their job to spot and exploit weaknesses at the entry points to properties. The recommendations within this article can help discourage as well as protect your home and possessions against a break-in. Many window suppliers and installers will provide an evaluation of your windows and consult you on window security features that fit within the style of your home and provide the utmost protection.
To find solutions that best suit your needs, contact us. Bennbrook Windows are one of the largest UK regional suppliers of windows, doors & conservatories. You can count on us for top quality products, speedy installation and excellent aftercare for long lasting and effective results. Call for a quote on 01992 574 555.
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