At Ideal Window Solutions, we understand better than most that feeling safe and secure in your own home is worth its weight in gold. Around a quarter of burglars use first-floor windows to gain access, with burglaries taking place every 106 seconds, which works out as 34 burglaries an hour or 816 per day! The fact is, windows play an integral part in your home security, so it’s essential that your front, back, conservatory, and side windows are as secure and burglar resistant as possible.

This window security guide will help you grasp why our exceptional window products stand out to safety-conscious households in Hampshire and West Sussex, whilst making intruders think twice about gaining entry.

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Modern multi-point window locks

With a simple turn of a key, multiple locks positioned around the edge of the window securely bolt it into its frame. Most commonly found in modern uPVC windows, aluminium windows and timber alternative windows, multi-point locks must feature at least 3 locking points but often have 5 or more. Even better, our uPVC windows feature 8 locking points (9 on larger sizes). Combined with robust window handles and hardware, all our windows feature the latest multi-point locking hardware. Installing some of the most secure wooden windows currently available, our beautiful timber window frames also feature home insurance-approved multipoint espagnolette locking for complete peace of mind.

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Lockable window handles & window restrictors

Since October 2015, all new homes must have double glazing that achieves PAS 24:2012 to be compliant with Document Q of UK Building Regulations. Meeting these requirements shows the windows can resist physical attack by casual or opportunist burglars by being both sufficiently robust and fitted with appropriate hardware. It's likely your home insurance will require all accessible windows to be fitted with an appropriate locking device too. Therefore, lockable window handles are advisable throughout the house, particularly on ground floor level. All our windows come with lockable window handles and are internally beaded as standard.

Window restrictors do exactly what they say on the tin, preventing the window from opening too far. Side hung and top hung windows can be designed to serve as an emergency exit window by meeting the minimum width and height required to comply with British Building Regulations.

Lockable night vents can also be incorporated when secure ventilation is essential. In very vulnerable locations, window security brackets should also be considered to prevent intruders from levering the window from the hinge side.

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High security window glazing

Single glazed windows are easy to spot and even easier to breakthrough. All our window products incorporate modern double glazing as standard, with a range of strengthened, obscured and decorative glass upgrades available. Our uPVC and aluminium windows can also accommodate triple glazed units, should your project require them.

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Window security accreditations to look out for

The most prominent window security test standards in Britain are PAS 24 and Secured by Design. PAS 24 (Publicly Available Specification) is a minimum standard used to assess the security performance of windows, with PAS 24:2016 being the most recent version*. Secured by Design is the official police security initiative, working to improve the security of buildings. Amongst the many security features our windows can offer, these include:

  • Our aluminium windows are installed with Yale's highly renowned and dependable Encloser Lock, tested to PAS 24: 2012.
  • Our wooden windows are fully compliant with the latest building regulations and certified to the latest PAS 24:2012 standards.
  • Our uPVC windows meet and exceed all current building standards including PAS24:2016.
  • Many of our windows can be upgraded to a level endorsed by Secured by Design.

*correct at time of publishing; September 2021.

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It’s the ideal time to begin your dream property renovation. However big or small your renovation plans are, we’re here to help you achieve the home you’ve been dreaming of for so many years. Whether you’re looking to transform a curious cottage, an impressive Victorian Villa or a modern apartment in the city, you’ll have no regrets with an Ideal Windows installation.

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With a showroom in Fareham and a showroom in Chichester, we're ideally placed to provide homeowners with valuable inspiration. Open 6 days a week, 10am-5pm, an array of beautiful products, a welcoming atmosphere and a professional, friendly and knowledgeable team await your arrival! Areas we serve include Basingstoke, Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth & Hampshire.

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