If you want to increase the protection of your home, then one way to do so is by installing lock systems and catches on any entrances. Having knowledge about what types of locks and catches are best for sash windows will shorten the time needed for shopping, as the sashes are the most commonly found ones. The conventional way to break-in is by breaking the glass and undoing the catch.
Locking the frame would mean the only way is to break the glass, which would cause enough noise to wake you. To decide the kind of lock you require will be based upon the window styles find in your home. Some of the new double glazed windows have locks previously installed.
One problem persists with a conventional lock. If you use the window often, then you might forget to lock it at night. To prevent this problem you can choose the one that can lock automatically on closure. This kind is irritating as well, but it is your choice, so you can choose your easiness and compromise on security.
The size of the window will help you decide the number of lock systems needed. You can install two small locking mechanisms on each end or a larger lock in the middle of it, if they have enough strength. A bolted lock would be a better choice than a frame fitted one, as the efficiency will then be dependant on the frame.
If you have a metal window, then you should prefer a cock-spur or frame or even an integral lock. A cock-spur will secure the frame by sliding up, while a frame lock is mounted on the frame and secures with the edge of the frame by a catch. The best would be the integral lock that fits the frame and the case.
Catches can also be used to secure the window. The problem is that they offer only limited protection. They stop the window from opening for more than a few inches, which may be a problem.
This is enough for someone to slide in his or her hand and undo the catch. Catchers are simple holders and unlike lock systems, do not need any authentication. Too many catchers spoil the looks while a single catcher might not be enough for the job.
Catchers are preferred for fitting the window in the frame. It provides the walls with the smooth looks that are needed by many. Latches would hold the opening tightly shut and therefore give extra security.
It is not very hard to install or replace these locks and catchers. Just a set of screws need to be undone and presto you have accomplished the task. These screws are quiet visible as well, so you won’t need to search for them. Although the bolt locks do require you to drill a hole in the frame for the bolt. Deciding on what types of locks and catches are best for sash windows would be easy if you know your window well.
Author: Chris CaldwellThis author has published 8 articles so far.