Security of uPVC Windows and Doors
One of the best options for securing your home is thought to be uPVC windows and doors, this is why they are so widely used across the UK. Although this may be the case it is important to check the type of lock that has been supplied with your windows and doors as the wrong type of lock could reduce the security they provide. Read on below to find out what locks are best to improve your home security.
Cylinder Lock Snapping
Often the locks and handles fitted by as standard on uPVC windows and doors are not always the most secure and could potentially leave your property vulnerable to a break in.
Lock snapping or cylinder snapping is a technique commonly used by burglars to quite easily gain entry to your property in a matter of minutes, this method is used in the majority of break ins.
Unfortunately, lock snapping is a very easy method to use, and once the cylinder of a lock has been broken then the security of the lock is compromised allowing burglars to access your property with no resistance.
Preventing Lock Snapping
The best way to reduce the risk af falling victim to lock snapping is to upgrade the locks on your uPVC doors and windows to more secure anti snap cylinders. These locks are specifically designed to ensure you will not become a victim of lock snapping. If the lock snapping method was used on an anti-snap cylinder then only the front barrel of the lock would snap and the locking mechanism will remain secure. If this did happen, you would still be able to use your key in the lock and your property would remain secure however, it is recommended that you get the lock replaced as soon as possible.
Most uPVC windows are fitted with window locks when they are manufactured, and in most cases it’s not possible to change the locks on the windows. This is down to the frame not being strong enough to support a separate lock that has not been built in. Usually the locks fitted in uPVC windows are of good quality. They tend to be espagnolette locks or deadlock shoot bolts. Both these types of locks work well but they can be reinforced by using hardened aluminium or galvanised steel which can be added to the hollow body. This however needs to be done at the point of manufacture as it can be added once the window has been made. Internal beading is another security feature that can be found on most uPVC windows, this prevents the glass from being lifted out of the frame from outside of the property. All new windows should be built to the British Standard 7950 kit mark. This is the minimum level of security all newly manufactured windows should meet.