FAQs About Improving Your Home's Window Security

Despite having a security system installed in your home, it could still be vulnerable to burglars. Your windows are an easy way for burglars to quickly gain entry. If you are concerned with home security, here is what you need to know.

What Should You Look For?

When burglars are assessing potential targets, the windows is one of the points of access they focus on. To help deter burglars, one of the first things you need to do is assess your home's windows. Look for signs that could signal your home is an easy target. Signs to look for include:

  • Cracks and breaks. Corrosion around the frames, rot, and broken glass can be a sign that your windows allow easy access.
  • Lack of privacy. Pay attention to whether or not your valuables are easily seen from outside the home. If so, the burglars can also see into your home. 
  • Old windows. Even if your older windows are in good shape, they can still be easily accessible. Look for windows that are not fitted into the frame properly or that do not close easily.

In addition to these signs, look at the positioning of your windows. You also need to assess your glass doors and any other glass openings around your home. 

What Can You Do?

Once you have carefully assessed your home's windows, there are changes you can make to help your home be safer. For instance, you can replace windows and frames that are in poor condition. When replacing the windows, there are a number of features that you can add to improve their safety.

For instance, you can have security bars installed on the windows. You can also get window shutters. The shutters can help shield the inside of your home from prying eyes. 

In the event that your home is robbed, you can ensure that no one in your home is hurt by shattered glass. Opting for tempered or laminated glass in the windows can prevent shattering. The windows will hold together and you do not have to worry about stepping on pieces of glass throughout the room if a burglary occurs. 

You can also add a supplementary locking system to your windows. For instance, a double hung window can be equipped with a locking pin that prevents burglars from raising the sash on the window and gaining entry. 

There are many other ways you can make your home's windows safer. Work with a contractor (like Gulf Coast Builders Inc) to find out what works best for your home and your budget.