You already know how important it is to have locks on all the replacement windows on your Houston, TX home. However, do you know what kind of locks your windows need? There are lots of different kinds of locks for replacement windows, each with their own upsides and downsides. Some of the most common locks are:
- 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.
Each of these locks has an ideal use and window placement. If you need more help choosing which locks are best for your home and windows, Custom Windows of Texas can help. We have years of experience in the Houston, TX replacement window industry and can offer sound advice on which locks to choose for your home. Please feel free to pay us a visit at 1291 N Post Oak Rd #100 Houston, TX 77055, or give us a call at (713) 864-2747 for more information.