It’s the first thing we do upon entering our home, and the last action we take when we leave: lock our windows and doors. It’s become an unconscious action, close to second nature. We feel the most comfortable and at ease when we are secure at home.
We’ve taken the time to compile a list of the different types of windows and doors that will keep you safe and protected.
The Best Windows To Keep You Safe
Polycarbonate & Plexiglas Windows
Polycarbonate & Plexiglas windows are also known as acrylic plastic windows that are the same width as traditional glass, but are at least 10 times stronger and more durable than their counterpart. They are also 250 times more resistant to impact than acrylic windows. With their extra strength, Polycarbonate windows are generally more expensive, but add higher value to your home and additional security.
There are different materials you can use to secure and reinforce your glass. One of the most popular is tempered glass, which is more durable than traditional glass and difficult to break. It is also one of the least expensive options for reinforced glass, although it is still expensive when compared to traditional glass panes.
Another option is laminated glass, also known as safety glass. It is a great choice for any home’s windows. What makes laminated glass different is, it consists of a vinyl layer that is placed in between two sheets of regular glass.This makes it difficult for a potential burglar to break through safety glass, it would require striking the same spot repeatedly, which would create a lot of noise – proving to be an excellent theft deterrent.
Mesh Glass & Bullet-Resistant Glass
Although a rarity to come across, some people value the extra security for their windows by installing wire mesh glass or bullet-resistant glass. This option is the most expensive for families, and would not provide extra security benefits over less expensive reinforced glass options.
A historically traditional way of adding additional security to your home is to use window bars. Window iron bars can be customized in unique designs to fit your home’s style. They are a great way to make your home highly burglar-resistant; even if the window is smashed, the perpetrator will not be able to squeeze through the bars into your home. However, many people are resistant to installing iron bars because it gives the impression and feel of a prison.
The Best Doors To Keep You Safe
Have you ever checked to see the material and make of your entry doors? Do a quick test. Simply, knock on your entry door and look for a hollow feel and sound. If they are hollow, you need to replace your doors immediately. Hollow doors are merely sheets of veneer over a cardboard core and give little security or protection. Tests have proven one good kick to the door at the right angle can penetrate the frame and lead to forced entry. When replacing your home’s doors, all exterior doors should be solid and made from the following materials:
Using fiberglass offers the best value and performance. They are crafted to be energy-efficient, secure and easily attainable. These doors can be designed and customized in many ways, such as a smooth surface or in an embossed grain texture to make them look like real wood. Fiberglass offers resistance to wear, tear and dents; and can be painted and stained more easily. Although not as strong as solid wood or metal doors, they are moderately priced and require little maintenance.
Always imitated, but never duplicated. Solid wood doors provide a more high-end look that other materials try to mimic. They are a little more costly than other options, but solid wood doors offer approved tests and rating for resisting larger wear and tear. Solid wood doors are also least likely to dent and scratches are easy to repair.
Metal or Steel
These are a very popular choice and account for about half the market. Metal or steel doors are relatively inexpensive; they are strong, heavy and very energy-efficient – especially for keeping heat or cooling loss at bay. Although more susceptible to dents and scratches, they offer higher security than fiberglass or solid wood.
Take into consideration the type of windows and doors you want for your home. At Thermo-Bilt, we carry a collection of options suited for your family’s security needs. Be without worry, we can help get the best value and choice designed for your home. Contact one of our representatives to get a free quote today!