Home security may not be something you think about on a normal basis, but if someone breaks into your home, or there’s a big storm on the radar, your mind goes into overdrive. Rather than panic later, it is a good idea to think about safety issues that revolve around your windows. Shore up your windows in advance and take deep breaths if anything comes up later. Here are some safety items that pertain to your windows.
All windows have locks on them, but do yours work? Are they old and rusted? Do they stick when you try to use them? Locks prevent windows from opening from the inside and outside. There are huge safety measures. You don’t want anyone to gain access to your house because the lock is broken and you don’t want a child to be able to open a window on the second story alone. Locks are important to the safety of your home so check them every year or so to make sure they work well.
What type of glass do you have on your windows? Is it a single pane or a double or even triple pane? If you have old windows, single pane glass is about the worst you can have in your home. In Florida, that just doesn’t cut it. You probably have a storm shutter, which can help, but the reality is, single pane glass is easy to break. Intruders can break through the glass at any time and get in. So can a stray ball or a nasty storm. In order to maintain safety, upgrade to stronger glass that is double or triple pane.
How old are your windows? The older they get, the less strength they hold. If you have old wood windows that haven’t been maintained well, they are probably leaking a lot of air into your home. Not only that, but they are not very secure. Intruders watch for old windows that are easy to breach and if you have another storm, you’ll be lucky if the old windows hold out at all.
Your Pinellas County hurricane windows are about the best you can do in terms of safety, and not just during a hurricane. They are designed to keep out hurricane-force winds in order to protect the overall integrity and safety of your home. But they can also protect you from a number of other things. Intruders have a hard time breaking them, for example. If a hurricane can’t do it, neither can an intruder! Hurricane windows are also highly energy efficient and save you money on your energy bills. They keep out pests that you don’t’ want in your home and lock with ease so you are safe on every level.
If you want to bolster the security on your home during storms and every day in between, look into hurricane windows from Clearwater Window & Door Inc. Give us a call today for a free in-home consultation at 727-559-7007 or stop by and see us at 2025 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33765.