From our experience – and from research -- we know that homeowners typically purchase windows because they want to be more comfortable in their homes. They also want windows that will make their homes more energy efficient to help manage high heating and cooling costs. Another reason is the desire to improve the appearance of their homes.
One reason for replacing windows that isn’t mentioned often is security. Yet who can deny that security is high on the minds of Americans these days? Whether it’s about intrusions, burglaries, protecting our children or even terrorism, security is a big concern. And where in homes are these concerns focused? Obviously, windows and doors.
Gorell Windows & Doors works with the National Crime Prevention Council to help make homeowners aware of what can be done to improve home security as it pertains to windows and doors. Gorell also has spent years developing products that offer exceptional security benefits, so window professionals at Gorell are in a position to make recommendations for selecting windows and doors for this purpose.
1. Ensure the windows you’re considering have passed ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) structural forced entry tests.
2. Physically inspect the windows you’re considering. They should be very rigid and have a strong feel to them. Look at the locks and hardware. Are they also heavy-duty? How are the locks installed? Locks on Gorell double-hung models, for example, are installed with perpendicularly fastened keepers so that the sashes can’t be pried open easily.
3. Consider additional window security options that are available in the marketplace. Many homeowners aren’t aware that some window manufacturers offer “laminated” security glass in their windows. This type of glass is similar to the glass used in automotive windshields. It’s extremely difficult to penetrate, even with constant whacks of a crow bar or other burglary tool.
Homeowners need to be leery of anyone trying to sell tempered glass as a security solution. It’s absolutely not. Tempered glass was developed for safety. It breaks into small, less-sharp pieces instead of jagged shards that standard annealed glass breaks into. Laminated glass on the other hand cracks, doesn’t break.
The wonderful thing about Gorell’s laminated security glass option, Armor Glass Plus, is that it’s also highly energy efficient and it’s very effective at keeping out exterior noise and harmful UV rays that fade furnishings.