High security locks are a very important feature on windows and doors. They provide the ultimate protection against break-ins, keeping your home and its belongings incredibly secure.
Why is door and window security so important? They act as the main point of entry for intruders and are often the target of burglary. As home owners, it is our responsibility to ensure our windows are well protected against security risks such as this.
It is important that you consider your window security if you want to keep the safe haven that is your home, safe and secure.
If you currently have a UPVC door with a broken mechanism, then even more reason to upgrade.
Stay Secure With Double Glazing
You can now choose from an impressive range of locking and security systems, many of which are offered as standard by most double glazing companies for their windows and doors.
When you choose an accredited installer, such as one of our trusted local suppliers, all locking systems will be measured to PAS24 standards or endorsed by schemes such as Secured By Design.
uPVC Window Locks
Your double glazing supplier will also provide additional security upgrades such as advanced uPVC window locks and window locks for wooden windows.
These upgrades are particularly advantageous for those that are security conscious. You will be able to rest easy in the knowledge that your home and you loved ones are safe and sound.
There are many different types of security locking systems on the market, each offering their own separate benefits and being security accredited. Popular systems include the espagnolette lock. This lock provides adequate security and is installed as standard in most homes.
Espagnolette or multi-point locking is when bolts are set into the window. When the handle is turned, these bolts are located into locking points in the frame for greater security.
The bolts are mushroom headed and engage behind the locking point preventing the window from being forced apart from the frame.
Shoot Bolt Locking
Another lock often supplied as a security upgrade is the shoot bolt locking system. These locks have bolts which shoot out from both ends of the frame, providing extra security. Incredibly strong, these locking systems have 10 points of contact within the frame.
Sash Window Locks
Common sash window locking includes dual screws, sash stops and frame to frame sash locks. There are also a choice of added security options which your double glazing installer can discuss with you.
A dual screw is comprised of a full or half threaded bolt which is crewed through an internally threaded barrel which is either fitted in the top of the lower sash, bottom of the upper sash or into another threaded barrel.
Fully threaded bolts are more expensive but provide a more secure fitting. Cheap, half threaded bolts are at risk of bending under force from a large lever.
Sash stops are fitted in pairs to the stiles of the upper sash to prevent the two sashes from sliding past each other.
Frame to Frame Sash Locks
The sash window lock is fitted on top of the lower sash and the bottom of the upper sash. They are locked together with a levered bar or push-in bolt.
Casement Window Locks
The casement window lock secures the window to frame. The majority of casement window locks are screwed to the window rather than the frame itself which is often a weaker method. Locks that are fixed to the frame are more secure and easy to use.
High security is a must have requirement when looking to install or replace a exterior door. Aesthetics, weather proofing and energy efficiency must factor in too but your door must have the ability to keep intruders out.
It goes without saying that high security door locks are a home owners priority. Your locks will only be as strong as the door and the frame they are fitted on so make sure you choose a door which is both strong and robust.
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Anti-lift blocks and multi-point locking is recommended for enhanced door security. Ask your double glazing installer about additional security bolts, these can also be applied to prevent lifting and forced entry.
Yale Security Locks
Yale is the most recognised lock manufacturer in the world. It is the brand most recognised by homeowners and suppliers and is the brand behind locks of every design and function in over 125 countries.
The Yale Cylinder Lock
The Yale cylinder lock or Euro profile cylinder lock is an integral part of many uPVC and composite windows and doors.
This lock is used in conjunction with multi-point locks and mortise locks. By installing a Yale cylinder lock you can upgrade your home security in a matter of minutes.
Yale Rim Lock
Rim cylinder locks are designed to work with a night latch on external timber doors. By fitting a rim cylinder that meets British Standards (look out for the Kitemark) you can greatly improve your door security.
When weighing up your security options, it is important to consider your living situation. Do you live in high rise flats? If you live from the first floor up then an espagonolette lock will work effectively.
Do you live in an area of high rates of crime? Do you have considerably expensive items in your home? Then you may want to explore other locking options.
Your double glazing installer will provide you with a choice of security locks best suited for your living arrangement.
You may want to consider:
- Multi-point locking systems with more contact area-top
- Superior hinge lock/guard-top
- Secure roller cams-top
- Top latch plate
- Key locks
- Handles which automatically lock when closed
- Bottom latch plate
- Security roller cams-bottom
- Advanced hinge lock/guard-bottom
- Option for Night Vent position
The Cost of Window Security
Our double glazing prices calculator will provide you with an instant window cost. To see the cost of high security locking system upgrades, simply select ‘high security’ from the drop-down menu in step 1 of your online double glazing quote.
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Can Double Glazed Doors be Fitted with a Pet Flap?
Depending on the style of door, a pet flap can be fitted as an extra service. The only exception is when glass panels feature on the lower half of the door.
How Much Do Doors Cost?
Your double glazed door cost will depend on specifications such as style, size, locks, glazing and door furniture. Double Glazing on The Web gives you the opportunity to create your very own unique door quote online. Start your free door quote today.
What Does UPVC Stand For?
UPVC is an abbreviation for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride which is used in window frames.
Do UPVC Windows Need Trickle Vents?
Trickle vents are not a requirement, however they do offer additional ventilation without the need for opening your windows so can be a valued add on.
How Long Will It Take To Install My Casement Window?
Because every job is different, it is best your talk to your double glazing installer who will be able to give you an exact timescale.
Which Bi-folding Door Configuration is Best?
When choosing the arrangement of your bi-folding doors you need to consider the size and layout of your room. Outfolding bi-fold doors will take up less internal space when completely folded back and a left of right folding will be dependent on space available in your room.
How Long Does It Take To Install Bi-Fold Doors?
If a survey is scheduled within 48hrs then your bi-fold doors can be supplied and installed within just 6 – 8 weeks.
How Secure Are Bi-Folding Doors?
Bi-folding doors are extremely secure and are built with a high security locks as standard. Each of our double glazing installers will offer their own range of locking systems with additional upgrade options for all security conscious homeowners.
Are There Other UPVC Casement Window Styles?
Other UPVC casement window styles include the French casement window which is a more traditional take on the standard casement style.
Will I Have A Choice of Casement Window Locks?
A high security lock will be fitted as standard with your new casement window but your double glazing installer will also offer a choice of security upgrades.
What Are Flush Casement Windows?
Flush casement windows are where the unit sits flush to the frame, creating a super sleek look.
Are There Different UPVC Casement Window Sizes?
UPVC casement windows come in a wide range of sizes to suit your property. You can specify your casement window size in our window cost calculator to get a unique window price!
Can I Choose My Casement Window Handles?
Your double glazing installer will offer you a choice casement window handles and casement window hardware options so you can achieve the perfect look.
What is a Casement Window?
A casement window is attached to its frame by one or more hinges. A casement window is hinged at the side allowing them to open extremely wide. These windows can double up as emergency exits and are perfect for hard to reach places within the home, with many home owners installing these windows behind their kitchen sinks.
Where Can I Get A Tilt and Turn Windows Price?
You can get a tilt and turn windows price using our window cost calculator which will give you a free and unique quote within a matter of minutes.
How Does The Tilt and Turn Window Mechanism Work?
The tilt and turn window can be ‘tilted’ inwards due to its unique turning action which allows the window to be easily accessed from both inside and out. All it takes is a swift turn of the handle.
How Much Do French casement windows cost?
The cost of French casement windows will vary depending on installer but you can get an average casement windows cost using our free online quoting engine
How do UPVC Sash Windows Work?
UPVC vertical sliding sash windows are built to either slide vertically downwards or upwards. This opening function makes the UPVC sash window much easier to use compared to traditional wooden windows where the only choice is double hung and single hand.
Are UPVC Sash Windows Easy To Use?
UPVC sash windows are very easy to use. Their spiral balance mechanism allows for smooth operation so you can open and close your windows with ease. UPVC sash windows are also incredibly low maintenance and require very little cleaning.
Why Should I Choose a UPVC Sash Window?
UPVC sash windows are incredibly attractive and make a stunning addition to any property and are relatively low maintenance thank to their UPVC design. You can enjoy a traditional aesthetic for many years to come thanks to their long standing properties.
Replacement Sash Windows In A Conservation Area
If your home is a listed property or within a conservation area then you will need to seek planning permission.
Are UPVC Doors Easy To Maintain?
UPVC doors are extremely easy to maintain and will never require re-painting or varnishing. Neither will a UPVC door rot or warp!
What Are Composite Doors Made Of?
Composite doors are made of a combination of high performing materials which is why they are so strong and incredibly long lasting. The composite door is made from: reinforced UPVC, fibreglass skin, high density foam and a water resistant composite materials.
Do Composite Doors Fade?
Composite doors feature a tough and durable skin where colour runs throughout rather than a simple surface coating. This means a composite door is not likely to wear or fade like the majority of painted doors. A composite door is very long lasting which also reduces the amount of maintenance required to keep it looking in top condition.
Do Composite Doors Need Painting?
Composite doors do not require re-painting. These low maintenance doors feature a water resistant GRP, coloured skin which keeps a pristine appearance year after year.
Do Composite Doors Warp?
A composite door will not warp like wood and won't require regular painting.
Can I Get Composite Side Panels?
Composite doors are available with matching composite side panels, your installer will offer you a choice of colours and glazing.
Is Every Composite Door Different?
There are different qualities to every composite door and they will vary between manufacturers depending on materials used. At Double Glazing on The Web we only put you in touch with the highest quality suppliers and installers.
What Do Stable Doors Look Like?
These country style doors offer charming aesthetics and are a stylish alternative to standard back doors, stable doors a great choice for any kind of property. This door is split in two halves which open independently from one another as well as function as a whole. Whether you are after a traditional stable door or more contemporary design with modern glazing, your double glazing installer will be able to offer you a wide range of options for your property.
Are UPVC Stable Doors Made To Measure?
Your UPVC stable door will be made to measure and tailored to your specifications given to your double glazing installer.
How Much Do UPVC French Doors Cost?
UPVC French door prices will depend on your personal requirements and specifications such as size, style and glazing. To get an average French doors cost use our door cost calculator for a free online quote.
Are UPVC Patio Doors Secure?
UPVC patio doors can be fitted with a choice of high security locks to make them extra secure. You can also choose from a range of glazing styles to further enhance the strength of your patio doors.
Do I Need Planning Permission For Patio Doors?
You may require planning permission for double glazed patio doors if you have a listed building or happen to live within a conservation area. Visit the V for more information.
How Do Sliding Patio Doors Work?
UPVC sliding doors operate on a smooth, easy glide system which allows for effortless transition. They are attached to metal or vinyl tracks which are fitted to the top and bottom frames and plastic rollers are added to ease the movement.
How Do Slide and Swing Doors Operate?
A multi-pane door with individual panes slides on a single track with no loss of space. Panes are able to operate individually with no visible hinges or hardware. The slide and swing door can open up spaces between rooms or between home and garden or even conservatory.
Bay or Bow Window?
Simply put, it really depends! Bay windows offer often much welcome and useful extra storage space to the frontage of homes. On the other hand, bow windows provide a curved shape alternative in terms of look compared to bay windows. They are both beautiful options and can add much character and charm to the right property.
Can Bay Windows Look Modern?
Bay windows can easily be either modern or traditional depending on the combination of glass and / or coloured uPVC profiles now available. Subsequently, its easy for these windows to seamlessly blend in with contemporary or old properties.
What Makes Flush Sash Windows Different?
Flush sash casement windows are specifically designed to imitate the appearance of traditional wooden timber windows by appearing to have the same sashes that finish 'flush' with the outside face of the window.
Should I replace my old sash windows?
Sash windows are a key feature for many traditional period buildings. Sash windows were traditionally built using timber, which is fairly high maintenance and has a tendency toward rotting and warping. Over time, these windows can become draughty and insecure. uPVC sash windows are a great way to experience the benefits of modern double glazing, without sacrificing the aesthetic of your home. uPVC sash windows will not rot or warp and require little maintenance. They are also thermally efficient, which means that your home will not require as much heating.
How much does sash window restoration cost?
The cost of sash window restoration will depend on the survey result. Standard draught proofed sash windows (without sill replacement) usually starts at about £500 per window. The time taken will also depend on the survey result.
Can I install double glazing into my original sash windows?
This will depend upon what type of window you have. Replacing existing moving sashes with new, double glazed replicas might to be possible.
How much does it cost to replace a sash window?
The cost of replacing a sash window will depend on many factors including: style, size, material and glazing. A wooden sash window will cost significantly more than a uPVC sash window. A wooden sash window can cost up to £1000. Wooden windows are more expensive to manufacture so expect to pay that bit more. uPVC sash windows can be designed to mimic wood and are much cheaper in price. The starting price for a standard uPVC sash window is on average £525.