Our top tips for securing Tilt & Turn, Sash and Casement Windows
To the delight of burglars across the country, window security often goes overlooked and undervalued by homeowners and renters alike. Don’t let the opportunistic thief in your area have an easy day at the office! There are a range of simple precautions you and inexpensive security products you can install to help prevent a thief from entering your home through a window.
When we talk about window security, we don’t mean lock all your windows and throw away the key. Regular ventilation of your home is important as this helps to remove moisture and reduce the build-up of mould and damp.
So how can you ventilate your home safely? Firstly, it’s important to remember that all windows are not equal. For example, windows located on the ground floor are more accessible than those higher up, and should always be kept shut when the room is unoccupied.
Windows located on the first floor or higher are ideal for ventilating your home. Installing a window restrictor or limiter on these windows means you can limit the opening to reduce the ability to enter from outside. In addition to this, a window restrictor or limiter helps to reduce the risk of fall of occupants inside your house. As such, window restrictors have become a popular safety product for residential homes, care facilities, schools and hotels. UK based manufacturer, Jackloc, have quickly become an industry leader for easy-to-install window restrictors with a universal fitting to suit a large range of window styles and materials. You can browse their entire range of restrictors here.
The type of lock you use on your window will depend upon both the material and design of your window. The three most common window designs in use in the UK are tilt & turn, casement and sash windows.
A Casement Window is usually made from UPVC or timber and is hinged at one side. Awning and hoppers are types of casement windows that are hinged at the top and bottom respectively. Outward opening UPVC casement windows are usually fitted with a friction stay to hold the window open. For non-UPVC casement windows the equivalent is casement stay which usually allows for the window to be held open at several pre-determined places. My Security Store stock a range of primary and secondary locking products to suit casement style windows including espagnolette locking mechanisms, sash stoppers, casement fasteners, UPVC window furniture, window restrictors and rack bolts.
Tilt & Turn style windows are generally made of UPVC and are a popular choice for larger openings. This robust mechanism allows for two different opening movements depending upon the position of the window handle; the tilt opening is perfect for ventilation whereas the turn opening allows the window to be opened inwards for cleaning. Reversible sash stoppers or jammers can bit fitted to Tilt & Turn windows for an additional layer of security at night. Fitted to the frame or window, a sash stopper features a rotating arm that can be used to stop the window from being opened.
Sash Windows feature one or more vertically or horizontally sliding panels known as “sashes”. Popularly found in Georgian or Victorian era buildings, they are traditionally made of wood and can be susceptible to rot or distortion – both of which make your window vulnerable to attack. Roller stops are a popular locking device for sash windows as these usually allow for you to lock the window in both the closed and open positions (to allow for ventilation).