What Can You Do To Improve Your Home's Windows Security?

Posted on: 24 February 2017

When you replace your home's windows, you have to consider more than the price and how they complement your home. You also have to factor in the security of the windows. Windows that offer little protection from the outside world could leave you vulnerable to burglars. If you are buying new windows for your home, here are some tips for choosing windows that offer the security needed.  

Protect Against Shattered Glass

If the window is broken from the outside, you want to ensure that no one in your home is hurt from broken glass. Tempered glass is one option available to you. The glass will not necessarily keep burglars out of your home, but it will cause the glass to crumble so that you are not left with dangerous shards of glass on the floor after a break-in.  

Depending on the brand, you can find some tempered windows that have been chemically treated to make them stronger.  

Reinforce the Glass

In addition to opting for tempered glass, you can also reinforce the windows to make it more difficult for the glass to be broken. For instance, you could opt for laminated glass. The glass is composed of vinyl between the glass. To break the window, a burglar would have to strike the same spot repeatedly. If you have a home security system, the action will trigger the alarm and possibly lead to the burglar running away instead.  

The laminated window also provides some measure of soundproofing for your home. You might even enjoy some reduction in your energy costs.  

Install Window Bars

Window bars fit over your windows and can help keep burglars out. There are various types of bars available from which you can choose. Regardless of which bars you select, you need to ensure that you have the ability to release the bars from inside your home.  

You should also consider adding window shutters to your home. The shutters are more than decorative. They can help shield your home from prying eyes. Although the shutters do not completely block the view from someone standing near the home, it can reduce visibility. If you have a motion detector triggered alarm, it will be triggered when someone nears the window. 

Talk to your windows supplier about other features you can add to your windows to improve their security. By taking action now, you can decrease the likelihood that you will become the victim of a home invasion.