As a homeowner, keeping your home safe and secure is your top priority. Even if you go out of your way to install different safety measures around the home like door locks and fire alarms, choosing windows that will keep your home safe and protected can make all the difference. If your windows are left vulnerable to break-ins, you could be compromising your home’s security and your family’s well-being. If you’ve just installed stunning new window Renewal by Andersen Window Installation, you want to make sure you’re doing the most to keep those new windows free from harm. Here are a few tips to make your home windows as safe and secure as they can be.
1. Make Your Windows Smash-Proof
When intruders look for a way into a home, they start with windows. Since a home’s windows are easily breakable and not often protected via extra locks or sensors, it’s the obvious choice for someone who wants to make a clean entry without calling attention to themselves. However, if you take the time to outfit your windows with window film or tinting, you’ll be able to not only block the view from outside, deterring burglars from entering a room in the first place, you’ll have a protective screen over your window that holds the glass in place in the event of breakage. Pair this with an inexpensive motion sensor or window alarm, and you’ll be able to know about the break-in before it happens while protecting your home from any broken glass shards.
2. Install Motion Sensors
Motion sensors are easy to install, mostly inexpensive, and can help shine a light (literally) on any unwanted activity going on outside your window. Even though motion sensor lights on their own don’t do much more than turn on when anything moves nearby, the existence of these lights alone could be enough to deter an intruder who counted on being able to work quickly and quietly in the dark. Since these types of lights are inexpensive, you can install one near each window to make sure you don’t have any blind spots.
3. Install Extra Locks
Even if your window locks securely from the inside, you’ll want to double down on locks if you really want to make each window completely impenetrable. While some windows are better at keeping burglars out than others, for instance, casement windows, which are notoriously hard to breach from the outside due to their cranking opening system, others can be easily jimmied from the outside. To prevent this, invest in a few basic extra locks from the hardware store that can snap onto your window from the inside and act as extra protection in the event of a breach.
4. Get a Window Alarm
If you truly don’t want to leave anything to chance, you can find a solid variety of home window alarms online or at your local hardware store. The prices range from relatively inexpensive to state-of-the-art, so depending on the layout of your home, you can choose exactly how much you’re willing to spend to provide full protection for each window. You can even link some of these separate window alarms to connect to your main home security system for flawless security coverage.