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Different Types of Window Locks

perth window lock installationWindows are an integral part of every home–they let the natural light in, and can serve as beautiful additions to every room, especially when decorated with stylish curtains. Unfortunately, windows can provide easy access for a burglar. It’s extremely important to carefully lock and secure each window in your home. Burglars are constantly on the lookout for an easy target—after all, it’s their job, and every burglary begins with an unlocked window. Burglars will likely not take the risk of entering your home if your windows are securely shut.

Just like there are many different types of windows, there are many different types of window locks to choose from as well, depending on each person’s individual needs. Many home security alarm systems and motion sensors can also be installed to help you keep your home of business safe. Modern motion sensors are very sensitive, and can be triggered easily. Additionally, they are typically inexpensive, and help with your peace of mind when you’re not home. You can contact a professional locksmith to help install them for you if you would like to feel even more secure in your home.

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If you’d like to stick to locks, however, here is a list of the various window locks you can choose from:

Window Latch Locks

The window latch lock is the most common installed in windows. This type of window lock attaches to one window and then securely connects to another window when closed. It works really simply, by turning the handle on the latch, which then locks the windows into place. Window latch locks are really quite popular and  inexpensive, and so they can be purchased at any local hardware store.

Hinged Wedge Locks

window locks perthThe hinged wedge lock offers two functions to double-hung windows. When firmly located in place, the hinged lock prevents the window from fully opening. The window opens only to the point where the lock has been installed. The hinged lock can be pushed inward towards the window to allow the window to completely slide open. This can be quite troublesome for a would-be burglar and will likely deter him or her, as the hassle or time to pry the window open will make the risk of breaking in too great.

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Sliding Window Locks

Sliding window locks are easy to install, and mount onto either side of the track by twisting a wing nut in place to mount it securely to the window. The sliding window locks that are not permanent require no tools for assembly and give you the choice of leaving the windows slightly open but still securely locked into place. You will need to remove the lock with a key before opening the window.

Folding Locks

Folding locks are mounted on top of a double-hung window and permit the window to open slightly. Folding locks are also useful because they can provide air circulation without impacting your safety. This means that with folding locks securely in place, you can still benefit from the fresh breeze, while still keeping the windows fully secured.

Keyed Sash Locks

Keyed sash locks work most efficiently with double-hung windows. They are mounted on the side of the window or window sash, and a key is needed to both open and close them. Once the keyed sash is in place, you must remove the lock with the key to open the window.

As you can see, there are plenty of different window locks to choose from, depending on your needs and budget.

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