Successful window replacements depend on a number of factors. For one, your new replacement windows should go well with other parts of your home, such as your roof, siding and doors. For another, their operation should be well-suited to where they are going to be installed. Bedroom windows, as an example, have different requirements than, say, living room windows.
One aspect of windows that homeowners tend to think about last, but is actually extremely important, is safety and security. Modern windows have plenty of features that could discourage potential intruders. Here are some ways you can secure your windows.
Choose the Right Hardware
Your window contractors may talk to you about code requirements pertaining to replacement windows. For example, the windows in your bedrooms are required to be operable in case of emergencies. This creates a potential security risk. Talk to your installers about using the right window hardware that can allow you to lock up the windows as needed. These locks must be easy to open or close so they don’t hinder general usability.
Customizing your replacement windows with intricate grille designs is not just for aesthetics. It’s also a good way to limit access to your windows from the outside. Ask your window replacement contractor about different grille options that can help protect you and your family from risks.
Smash-Proof Glass Options
If you’re wary that grilles may clash with the style or design of your siding, consider reinforcing the glass with a smash-proof protective film. These coatings help keep glass shards from shattering when broken by keeping them in place in case they are hit with blunt forces. These are not good substitutes for grilles, but they can delay trespassers enough to keep you safe.
At Twin Cities Siding Professionals, we offer a wide variety of window replacement security features to protect your home from danger. Give us a call at (651) 967-0873, or fill out our contact form and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in St. Paul, Minneapolis and other nearby areas.