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How Your Windows Can Help Burglar-Proof Your Home

exterior of home with Zen Windows signWindows and doors are entry points to your home. And that’s where burglars look first when they’re deciding whether to break into your home. Secure latches and frames, sturdy glass, and plenty of lighting will discourage even the nerviest criminal.

If you’ve been thinking about beefing up your home’s security, consider replacement windows from Zen Windows. Our high-quality windows add both beauty and security to your home ― and their energy-efficient features mean they keep burglars out and conditioned air in.

Why choose Zen Windows Cleveland? Our standards are a revolution in customer care: hassle-free quotes, no bait-and-switch tactics, and no payment until your project is complete. Call 216-430-0587 or contact us to plan your project.

Burglar-Proof Your Home

In addition to replacing the windows themselves, here are some things you can do to keep your Cuyahoga County home secure:

  • Add extra window locks – Ask your Zen Windows professionals about the types of lock additions that will best enhance your Cleveland replacement windows.
  • Landscape lighting – Floodlights, pathway lighting, illuminated trees or birdbaths, twinkle lights — anything you can think of to brighten dark areas of your property at night will enhance home security.
  • Motion-detection lights – These literally stop thieves in their tracks. Surprise illumination is a burglar’s biggest threat.
  • Security window film – Adding security window film to double- or triple-pane window glass can make your home a fortress.
  • Surveillance cameras – Thanks to Wi-Fi technology, security cameras are easy and affordable. In fact, doorbell cameras have almost eliminated front-door entry burglaries. Position them on the perimeter of your property so they can view windows, especially ground-level ones. And keep cameras visible, so intruders know they’re being watched.
  • Window-break sensors – These devices immediately alert you to an intruder.
  • Trim shrubs and hedges – Burglars don’t like to work with an audience, so they look for entry points hidden behind tall plants or architectural features. You can still have the landscaping you love, but keep height in mind ― both for security and so you can enjoy the view.

Zen windows come with a lifetime guarantee. Call 216-430-0587 or contact us for information about enhanced security with replacement windows from Zen Windows Cleveland.

Burglar-Proofing Windows: The Zen Windows Take

Double-hung windows are most often found in older Cleveland homes; while they’re classic and versatile, they’re also the most vulnerable to break-ins. Double-hung windows have two panes of vertically mounted glass. They’re usually secured with a crescent latch. If your double-hung windows have warped over time or your latches have been painted over, your double-hung windows aren’t very secure. Drilling and pinning is a good solution, but it means you won’t be able to open your windows. Always leave one ground-floor window available as a “fire escape.”

Zen Windows says: Replacement double-hung windows can increase your safety.

Casement windows are hinged on the side or at the top and swing outward. Burglars tend to reach in and try to crank the window open enough to gain entry. If your window hardware is strong, it should prevent easy entry.

Zen Windows says: If your casement windows are aluminum, you should consider upgrading to fiberglass or vinyl replacement casement windows, which can stand up to intruders.

Burglars avoid breaking glass when possible because the noise can alert the entire neighborhood. Security bars, grates, or wire mesh will add security to any window but can be visually unappealing in residential areas.

Zen Windows says: The best way to make your windows burglar-proof while allowing light and ventilation is to install strong, safe glass.

Don’t let money prevent you from the replacement window you need. Ask us about customized financing options that work with your budget. Call 216-777-7687 or contact Zen Windows Cleveland to learn more.

Glass Options at Zen Windows Cleveland

Zen Windows Cleveland offers glass options for every window type. Our goal is to provide superior energy efficiency, security, and affordability. Because glass is historically a poor insulator, here’s how you can boost your windows’ energy protection and home security while still letting light in and enjoying your views:

  • Argon or krypton gas in-fills are denser than ordinary air, so heat transfer occurs more slowly.
  • Double-pane windows feature two panes of glass with an air pocket in between.
  • Double-strength glass is 3.2 mm thick versus the standard 2.5 mm. The thicker glass has a higher-end appearance and improved durability against hailstones, stray baseballs, or anything else you (or a would-be burglar) might throw at it.
  • Low-E glass coatings reflect heat rather than letting it pass through the glass.
  • Triple-pane windows are three panes thick with two air pockets to slow heat transfer. This glass option is especially valuable in Ohio, where we have extreme winter weather.
  • Warm-edge spacers are metal-free to reduce heat transfer around windows.

You can expect most windows to last about 20 years. Zen Windows Cleveland’s vinyl and fiberglass window replacements can last 40 years! Call 216-430-0587 or contact us online for more information.


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