Are you wondering which Long Island replacement windows you should buy if you want to take advantage of safety features in modern, high-quality replacement windows? If you have been doing some online research for brands, you may still have questions. So, here are a few suggestions from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island about ways your new windows can boost safety and security in your home.
Although every replacement window should seal tightly and lock securely, there are some styles that are safer than others in different settings. For example, double-hung windows have two movable sash. This means you can lower the upper sash a few inches to increase ventilation in a nursery or toddler’s bedroom without worrying about your child climbing out the window.
Here are two things to keep in mind when comparing replacement window styles for a small child’s play areas and sleeping quarters:
#1. It is always a good idea to arrange furniture so children cannot climb onto dressers, tables, beds and movable furnishings like chairs to reach a window opening.
#2. A window screen is not built to keep a child from falling through an open window. Even Renewal by Andersen’s superior performance TruScene insect screens which block even the tiniest of insects from crawling through, aren’t designed to prevent falls.
While window screens cannot prevent falls, some replacement window styles make it less likely you may injure yourself when using them. Casement windows, which have a crank or lever-type handle, are perfect for places where you have to reach to operate a window, for example, over a kitchen or bathroom counter. If windows are high on the wall near the ceiling, installing casement, awning or hopper windows with operating mechanisms mounted on the bottom of the window unit means you don’t have to use a step stool or ladder to open and shut your windows.
Did you know . . .
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (IACHI), every year in the United States around 300 people die from ladder falls, and more than 160,000 people go to the emergency room for ladder-related injuries. Not all of these accidents are related to using home windows, but prevention is always a wise choice. To increase safety, select appropriate window styles to fit the activity and occupant(s) in every room of your home.
While choosing the proper style can help you make your home safer for family and friends, there are also some choices that will increase privacy and security, too. For example, recessed locks and multiple-locking options make it harder for uninvited guests to gain access to your home. Other design features, such as patterned glass, obscure the view so others on the outside cannot see into your home. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s patterned glass comes in four distinct options, including fern, obscure, reed and cascade designs, and is available in both fixed and operable window styles. Patterned glass improves privacy in bathrooms and bedrooms, and keeps passersby from seeing expensive artwork or electronics that may “tempt” criminals to attempt a break in.
Of course, if your existing windows have badly damaged frames or broken panes, updating with any style window will deter criminals because poorly maintained windows signal a home that may be an easy target.
Did you know that about one-third of all home burglaries start with an unlocked door or window? By locking your windows when not in use, you lower your risk of being a victim. Remember you can add safety features to patio doors like optional foot locks and exterior keyed locks. And, hinged patio door styles offer a five-point locking system that ensures a tight, secure seal every time, which improves security and energy-efficiency.
Renewal by Andersen of Long Island has a long history of helping families in our area compare different window styles and the accessories that mean the most to them. Every window style has built-in safety features, but every room has a unique set of challenges. If you want to make sure your home improvement project covers all the must-have safety and security features on your list, we’re here to help. Just fill in the short form on this page to request more information. Or, give us a call at (866) 609-5033 to schedule a private, in-home consultation.