From keeping your children safe to stopping a burglar before he breaks in, a window lock is a big part of your home security. Do you know what kind of lock is best for the replacement windows on your Mission Viejo, CA home? Here are some common kinds of locks you can use as a starting point:
- Latch – Window latches are the most common type. They are often found on the top of a window sash to help secure the two sashes together. You can use a latch in conjunction with other locks for more security.
- Keyed – Keyed locks are most commonly paired with latches, as they are installed on the side of the window to help secure it to the frame.
- Child Safety – These locks do allow windows to be open about 3 or 5 inches to allow for airflow, but not any further than that to help keep kids from falling out. These locks also help keep intruders out/
- Swivel Action – Swivel action locks are self-locking because they have a snib that stops the window from opening once its closed. All you have to do to open it is turn the snib to release the lock.
- Lag Screws – These are cheap and easy to install, as all you have to do is drill a few small holes, insert lag screws, and tighten washers.
- Sliding – Sliding window locks are primitive looking, but are very effective at keeping out intruders. They can only be used with sliding windows, but there is no installation required.
- Hinged Wedge – Hinge wedge locks allow you to control how much or how little your window can open, which is very helpful if you have growing children in the house. They can be pushed inward to open the window all the way, or pulled away to keep the window more closed.
- Window Pin – These locks are made up of two pieces, a chain and a holder. The chain is attached to the window frame, and the holder is on the window. You lock the window by sliding the chain into the holder.
- Folding Latches – Folding latches are the best for awning and casement windows. They fold down to lock the window into place when closed, and unfolded to open the window back up.
- Handle Lock – A handle lock is a simple latch the locks the window when moved into its horizontal position. The window can only be opened when the latch is pulled vertically.
Use this list of window locks to get you started on finding the best locks for home’s windows. If you want more information, or would like an expert opinion, Cunningham Doors & Windows can help. We have years of Mission Viejo, CA replacement window experience to help guide you. Visit us at 1940 E Edinger Ave Santa Ana, CA 92705, or give us a call at (714) 258-2500 to learn more about what we can do for you and your replacement windows.