Getting to grips with home security
With ratings, certificates and special features to consider, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to home security. So we’ve put together some useful tips, to help you understand the tools and terms of the trade, and what they mean for your home.
Double glazing, twice the benefits
It doesn’t just keep the heat in. It has real security benefits that are sometimes overlooked. Simply put, it’s tougher stuff. The two layers of glass can prevent someone from smashing your windows. Double-glazing with uPVC frames is even safer, as the material’s integrity makes it nearly impossible to force entry. The frames just stay put, and intruders stay out.
What about the types of windows?
Casement windows are great at doing their job. With multi-point locking, toughened glass and internal beading, you can’t go wrong. Plus, push-button lockable handles complete the ultra-secure system. Traditional sash windows are a little different, but our modern uPVC versions with tilt restrictors, specialised sash locks and aluminium anti-jemmy bars mean you can get the look with no need to compromise on safety.
Don’t leave yourself open to risk
Folding doors can become a weak spot for security, but with the right locking features and toughened glass it means you don’t have to worry.
You can opt for composite doors which are Secured by Design, meaning the police have approved its security credentials. We think that’s pretty cool. With a spectrum of security features including Yale TS007 3-star security and hurricane-tested weather resistence, they’ll keep your home safe, whatever’s thrown at them.
The right questions to ask when buying your uPVC windows and doors
Is it weather guaranteed?
Not all uPVC products are guaranteed. Make sure yours are, or you’ll feel it during the winter.
Do you have any references?
A good installer will be happy to show you references from previous customers. It can be a warning sign if they don’t.
Are your installers FENSA registered?
Always look for FENSA registered fitters, this accreditation will help if you ever sell your home.
Top hung or bottom rolling?
These funny-sounding terms apply to bi-folding doors, and they’re as straightforward as they sound. Top hung doors roll from the door's header like a curtain and bottom rolling are attached at the base. We’d always recommend bottom rolling doors, as they are the more secure option, they don’t place a heavy load on the structure of the building and need little adjustment over their lifetime.
Is my product CE marked?
This is a big one. If your product isn’t CE marked, it doesn’t meet European quality standards, and should probably be avoided.
What happens after installation?
In addition to your rights under the Sale of Goods act and the Supply of Goods and Services acts, some manufacturers and installers offer aftercare, support or a guarantee. It’s good for peace of mind to know that help is available if something goes wrong.
Other helpful info
Here are some other things to bear in mind when it comes to keeping your home nice and secure.
- Mount security lighting high enough to stay beyond the reach of vandalism. Protect with mesh or other shielding methods.
- Always use restricted keys if possible. This means that copies can only be made by authorised parties. Even with good intentions, lots of duplicates can cause problems.
- Don’t publicise that your home is open by posting the details of your travels on social media.
- Ask your neighbours to use your bins when you're on holiday so your absence won’t be obvious, or ask them to park their car on your drive if possible.
- Retrofit your locking cylinder with a more secure device. This is a popular option that doesn’t involve replacing the whole lock.
- Don’t help your burglar by leaving ladders or leverage tools within reach. Lock up those tool sheds.