Secured By Design (SBD) was first established in 1989 and is made of a group of national police projects which focus on the design and security for new and refurbished homes. The body supports the principles of ‘designing out crime’ through physical security and processes.
Working with the industry and test houses, Secured By Design helps create high level security standards – responding to trends in crime. This scheme has proven to be successful in reducing the risk of crime as well as the fear of crime.
Secured By Design Accreditation
The Secured By Design member company status is awarded to double glazing companies that pass standards and tests nominated by the police service. These standards and related tests must demonstrate the product’s effectiveness in preventing or reducing crime ( this is usually by resistance to physical attack.)
Many companies in the window and door industry strive to have their products designed to meet the SBD standard. Only a Secured By Design accredited installer will be granted permission to use the Secured By Design logo on their products.
You can find out more about the Secured By Design Test Standards on their website.
Window and Door Security
The security of your home is incredibly important and the first step to securing your property is through high security windows and doors. Why is window and door security so important? Your windows and doors act as the main point of entry and as a result, are often a target of burglary. As a home owner, it is your responsibility to ensure your windows are well protected against any security risks.
Thinking of improving the security of your home? Here are some Secured By Design tips:
- It is better to buy a new “door set” which includes the complete assembled frame and door – all certified to British Standard PAS 24-1 ‘Doors of Enhanced Security.
- Make sure new windows are certified to British Standard BS7950 “Windows of Enhanced Security” or PAS 24:2012.
- Make sure you replace any weak or rotten windows and doors.
- Door hinges must be sturdy and secured with strong, long screws. Security fit hinge bolts and security hinges will help reinforce the hinge side of a door against force entry and help protect the hinge.
- A uPVC or composite door should be fitted with a multi-point lock which meets BS 3621 standards.
- For extra door protection, consider fitting a cage or restrictor to your letterbox. This prevents thieves from gaining inside access.
- An external letterbox should be tested to TS009:2012 which covers free standing or surface mounted letterboxes.
- A door viewer will help you identify people before opening the door.
- Door chains can prevent people pushing their way in but must be securely fixed.
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
How much is double glazing per window?
Double glazing prices per window can vary from around £150 to £600 depending on the specification. The window style, type of glass, frame colour and handles are all contributing factors. To find out the true double glazing price per window it is a good idea to get a number of quotes to compare.
What is the average cost to double glaze a house?
The average cost to double glaze a house will depend on the size of your house and the number of windows. To double glaze a flat or apartment it will probably cost around £2,000. The average cost to double glaze a house is usually between £4,500 to £7,500. If you collect a number of double glazing quotes you will be able to compare companies and prices.
Is double glazing expensive?
Double glazing can be an affordable addition for many homeowners. The price you pay can depend on the quality of the windows and the energy ratings. Other factors are the style of the windows, the colour of the frames and the type of glass. Why not get an online double glazing quote to get an idea of the price.
How much does it cost to install a window?
The prices given in our pricing tables, our online quotes and our costing calculators reflect the price of the window itself as well as the cost of installation. For example, a 500mm x 500mm casement window will cost between £150 and £175 including the cost of installation.
How much does it cost to double glaze a 3 bed house?
On average a double glazed window will cost between £350 and £400, with a uPVC door typically costing £600. This means that double glazing a 3 bedroom semi can cost between £3500 and £5000.
Are Double Glazed Windows Good For The Environment?
Once of the best ways of making your home more energy efficient is insulation. Double glazed windows act as another layer of insulation, helping to prevent the loss of valuable heat.
If I Use Double Glazing on the Web Who Will Fit My Double Glazing?
Double Glazing on the Web have a fully accredited network of local installers. Once you have created your free online quote we will put you in touch with up to three reputable local suppliers. Each of these suppliers will offer you a free no obligation quote and who you choose is completely up to you.
Is double glazing easy to break?
Double glazing is a strong option for windows compared to single glazing. The frames are durable and there are high security locking options. As double glazing is made from glass it is possible to break however you will have to exert quite a bit of force to do this. This is practically impossible to do without making a noise.
What Does Double Glazing Do?
Double glazing makes your house more energy efficient, keeping heating in and keeping the cold out during winter months. During summer months, it helps keep the hot air out, keeping your house cooler. It also works to insulate sounds from busy areas and roads, leaving your house more peaceful and quieter.
Does Double Glazing Block Sound?
Double Glazing not only provides heat insulation but it also provides sound insulation too. Double glazing is perfect for houses in busy areas and streets.
How Do I Know If My Double Glazing Needs Repaired?
There are four tell-tale signs that your double glazed windows need repair or replaced: There are chips and cracks in the panes of glass; there is condensation (misted windows) between the two panes of glass; the window allows cold air through; water begins to seep through the frame. If your double glazing does any of these things, you may need to get your double glazing repaired or replaced.
Is uPVC Flammable?
No, uPVC isn’t flammable and is actually a fire retardant.
What Can Cause Double Glazing To Crack?
Double glazing can crack for what appears to be no particular reason at all. A sealed window unit faces constant pressure either side of the glass, however, most of the time double glazing is strong enough to deal with this. Winter can be one of the worst time for cracked glass as the difference of temperature on either side of the glass stressing it to the point it can crack.
Should I Double Glaze My Windows?
Double glazing works to make your house more energy efficient saving you money on your heating bills. Double glazing also provides sound insulation which is perfect if your house is situated near busy roads and noisy areas. Double glazed windows are also tougher and harder to break than single glazing windows making your house more safe and secure.
How Do I Know If My Double Glazing Needs Replaced?
Double glazing will need replaced after a while due to the nature of the design – the gas that separates the two window panes slowly leaks out over time meaning the energy efficiency of your window is compromised. If your double glazing allows cold spots; water to seep through the frame; has cracks or chips in the window or has a build-up of condensation between the two panes of glass (misted windows), you should probably look into getting your double glazing replaced or repaired.
How Long Does Double Glazing Last?
It is important to note that the argon gas that separates the panes of gas, giving double glazing its energy efficiency will eventually leak out overtime. Double glazing has an average life span of about 20 years, however, this can vary depending on materials used and the installation.
Is Double Glazing Worth It?
Double glazing helps make your home more energy efficient as it prevents the loss of heat. During the summer, it helps to keep the heat out of your home. It provides your home with sound insulation which is perfect for houses that are in busy areas and streets. Double glazing also makes your home safer and more secure.
Is Double Glazing Easy to Break?
No, double glazing is not easy to break which means your home will be more secure. When attempting to smash double glazing often what happens is that the first pane of glass and the second will remain intact. This is due to the argon gas working as a shock absorber. This will mean the smash is very loud but unsuccessful on the first attempt.
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.