Types of Window Locks

Types of Window LocksWindows play a key role in your home’s aesthetic and its energy efficiency. Because they open and close to the outside, they are also a big part of your home’s security system. With this in mind, it is important to have the right locks on your windows. There are many different types of locks available for windows. Most window locks will be there when the window is installed but some can be added post installation. Read on to find out about the types you can choose from.

Window Latches

Latches are the most common type of window lock. They are featured on most double and single hung windows and they are found on the top of the window sash to secure the sashes together when they are closed. Latches are not the most effective type of lock and should be accompanied by a sturdier type of locking system.

Keyed Locks

Keyed locks are a good accompaniment for latches and are often included on single and double hung and sliding windows. They are installed on the side of the window and secure it to the frame. As the name suggests, a key is needed to lock and unlock the window.

Child Safety Latches

Child safety latches are necessary in homes with small children. When added to double and single hung windows, they don’t allow the window to open more than 3 to 5 inches. This helps keep children from falling out.

Swivel Action Locks

Swivel action locks have a snib that prevents the window from opening once it is closed. No key or lock is necessary. Just turn the snib from left to right to release the lock.

Lag Screws

To install lag screws, drill a couple of holes on the window. Insert the screws and tighten to washers on each side to prevent the window from opening. Lag screws are a great and cost-effective way to add security to your window but may not be powerful enough to be used on their own.

Sliding Window Locks

Sliding window locks can only be used with sliding windows and patio doors. They are long solid locking mechanisms that are placed in the track to prevent the window from opening. If you want the window to open fully, just remove the lock.

Hinged Wedge Locks

Hinged wedge locks are also great for families with small children because they limit the amount the windows open. The locks are pushed inward towards the window to allow it to open completely. If the lock is pulled away from the window, it will not open as widely.

Folding Latches

Folding latches are often used in casement and awning windows. They are installed on the frame of the window and they fold down to lock into place once the window is closed. When you want the window to open, just unfold and pull up.

Now that you are familiar with the various types of locking mechanisms you can use on your windows; you can choose the one that is right for you. Which of these will you be adding to keep your home secure?  Call today to schedule your appointment!