How do you secure your windows from break-ins? This is an important question for all San Francisco Bay Area homeowners. Windows are essential to a home, as they provide natural light and ventilation. Most of us don’t want to live in a house without windows. However, the fact is that windows can be a vulnerable point of entry for intruders. Windows can be an easy entry point, especially if not adequately secured or maintained.
In this post, we will discuss some practical tips for securing windows. This includes some key window maintenance tips and the importance of using locks. We will also discuss the benefits of 3M Security Window Film, Crimsafe security screens, and Riot Glass.
Making sure that your windows are in the best condition is a must. Proper maintenance may not be top-of-mind for most homeowners, but it is essential to keep if you want them to be secure. Over time, windows can become loose, damaged, or corroded, making them easier to break into. Homeowners should inspect windows regularly for any signs of damage. Adding it to your calendar to check your windows seasonally might be a good idea. Here are some tips for maintaining your windows:
Keep the window frames clean and debris-free. Dirty, scratched, or cracked windows weaken the glass, making it easier for intruders to break in.
Check for cracks or gaps in the glass. Damaged or rotting frames are easier to break.
Make sure the hinges and locks are in good working condition. Replace any that are damaged or broken.
Lubricate moving parts regularly with a silicone-based spray
Trim trees and shrubs around the windows regularly. Overgrown vegetation can provide cover for intruders and make it harder for you to see them.
Use of Locks
We often quickly check the locks on our doors, but what about your windows? Many windows come with a simple thumb-turn locking mechanism, but upgrading to better locks is a good way to make your windows more secure. Since window locks come in various types and sizes, choosing the right one for your window type is essential. Here are some tips for selecting and using locks:
- Choose locks that meet industry standards for security
- Install locks on all accessible windows.
- Use keyed locks instead of thumb-turn locks for added security
- Remember to lock all windows, even those on the upper floors, when leaving the house.
- Consider installing window alarms or sensors that can alert you if a window is opened or broken
3M Security Window Film
3M Security Window Film is a highly effective way to strengthen your windows against break-ins. This film may look like a single layer, but thanks to 3M nanotechnology, the film is actually made up of several strong layers. In fact, 3M Ultra Safety Film is made up of 42 micro-layers.
What benefits can you expect by having 3M Security Window Film installed on your windows? Here are some key benefits:
- Provides an invisible layer of protection for your windows
- Holds shattered glass in place, reducing the risk of injury from glass fragments
- Resistant to tearing, puncturing, and abrasion
- Can be installed on new or existing windows without the need for a replacement
- Helps to reduce the risk of burglary and vandalism
3M Safety Film can only be installed by a professional window film installation company. Thankfully, you’ve already found the San Francisco Bay Area’s best window film installers!
Here are some of the homes where we've installed 3M Safety Window Film:
- Safety Window Film for San Francisco Homes
- Secure Your Bay Area Home with Safety Window Film
- Add Safety Window Film to Your Berkeley Home
- 3M Safety Window Film for San Francisco Homes
Crimsafe Security Screens
Crimsafe security screens are a very effective way to secure windows and doors. These screens are made from high-tensile stainless steel mesh resistant to impact, cutting, and corrosion. They come in 3 stock colors, white, bronze, and tan, which look great on most homes.
Here are some benefits of using Crimsafe security screens:
- Provides an effective barrier against intruders and insects
- Allows for natural ventilation while maintaining security
- Resistant to corrosion, rust, and fading
- Can be customized to fit any window size or shape
- Can be used in conjunction with other security measures like locks and alarms
Crimsafe features patented Screw-Clamp technology designed to securely hold the screens in place. Screwed into the frame and held in place like a vise grip, these clamps make Crimsafe much stronger than many screens that use plastic.
Crimsafe can resist enormous impacts due to its ability to spread the load around the frame and back into the building structure. Crimsafe tough, corrosion-resistant mesh is made out of 0.9mm diameter 304 structural grade wire strands that are tightly woven. This gives them incredible strength. You can learn more about the top features of Crimsafe here. We are the Bay Area's top Crimsafe installation company, and you can get a free estimate here.
Another great option for securing your windows is Riot Glass. Riot Glass is a specialized security solution that is designed to withstand extreme force and impact. Instead of being added directly to the glass like window film, Riot Glass sits on ‘top’ or right in front of the glass. It looks great and offers a level of security that is hard to beat.
Here are some benefits of using Riot Glass:
- Provides unparalleled protection against forced entry and impact events
- Abrasion and UV ray resistant
- Reduces noise and improves energy efficiency
- Easy to clean and maintain
ClimatePro has been installing Riot Glass throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. To get an idea of what Riot Glass looks like after installation, take a look at these completed projects:
- Riot Glass for Residential Homeowners in San Francisco
- Dental Office in Dublin, CA Protected By Riot Glass
- Riot Glass Safety System Prevents Theft in Martinez, CA
For Riot Glass, Crimsafe, and 3M Safety Window Film, ClimatePro is the premier installer of all 3 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Get started with a consultation here or give us a call at 707.755.7337