When burglars enter a home, most often it will be by breaking through a window or door. In most cases, windows are the easiest place by which unwanted intruders can gain entry to homes. Lifestyle windows have a wide range of security products that can significantly increase the security and safety of your windows and doors for peace of mind.
Within our security range there are 4 security levels options ranging from good to best.
Toughened glass – Through a heat treatment process called tempering, toughened glass is superior to ordinary glass because it is 4-5 times harder to break. This means that the amount of force required to break the glass is much higher when toughened glass is used. Consideration: Toughened glass is much harder to break but when broken will break into very small pieces and leave most of the window area open.
Laminated Glass – Laminated glass has the same strength of ordinary glass but has the added advantage of a transparent thin film (interlayer) that is bonded in between two sheets of glass. All car windscreens use this glass technology so that if the glass is broken the broken pieces of glass will hold together. This means that if someone breaks a window to gain entry into your home that the interlayer will hold the broken glass pieces together making entry much more difficult and time consuming.Consideration: Laminated glass has the same strength as ordinary glass but is very difficult to cut through when broken.
Security screens – Security screens help restrict access to windows and glass. This increases the time taken to gain entry and will sometimes mean that thieves will look for an easier place to enter. Consideration: It is important to remember that unless security screens cover every pane of glass in each window, thieves will often break the fixed glass not covered by screens to gain entry.
Toughened Laminated Glass – Just as the name implies, toughened laminated glass combines the benefit of being 4-5 times stronger than ordinary glass and also will hold together even when broken. Toughened laminated glass also uses a thicker transparent film than standard laminate for added security making it even more difficult to cut through after the glass is broken.Consideration: Toughened laminated glass will fit in most windows and is the most secure glass available. The additional processing involved increases the cost of this product.
Lifestyle windows also have a range of innovative window products that can improve the overall security of your windows. Within some of our residential series we have dual locking windows that allow you to have the window open slightly to allow a breeze but still have the window securely key locked.