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You already know how important it is to have locks on all the replacement windows in your San Jose, CA home. But not all locks are created equal. In fact, some are much better than others.
Do you know what kind of locks you should have? There are many different types of window locks, all with their own ideal uses. Some of the most common locks are:
- Swivel Action – Swivel action locks are self-locking because they have a snib that stops the window from opening once it’s closed. All you have to do to open it is turn the snib to release the lock.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
These are just a few of the many different kinds of locks you can get for your replacement windows. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, your window contractor can help you choose the best ones for your home. California Custom Creations offers expert San Jose, CA replacement window services, and we would be happy to help you choose the right locks. Please give us a call to learn more about replacement windows and what we can do for you, or pay us a visit today.