With every passing year, the overall security of your home gets more important, and one of the weakest parts of your home security is the windows. If your windows do not meet any of the below requirements, it’s time to replace them.
In Case of Emergency
Your windows are your secondary escape route in case of emergency. In fact, most Minnesota building codes indicate that a room cannot be considered a bedroom unless it has a window big enough to be considered a means of escape. If you or your loved ones are unable to reach the door in case of fire or similar problem, it’s essential that the windows are able to be opened easily.
In addition to being opened easily, windows must also stay open. As painful as it is for a window to come crashing down on your hand, it is worse for a child. Little fingers can be crushed easily under the weight of a falling sash. If you don’t have kids, but have pets, it can also be dangerous for cats who like sitting in the windows. The last thing any pet owners want is to see their dog or cat suffer.
Windows also have a job to do while they’re closed. Although they must be easy to open from the inside, they must be extremely difficult open from the outside. Since our first line of defense against intruders, the lock and frame must be secure enough to make it more difficult than it’s worth for someone to try getting in.
Although older windows often have these problems, they also tend to be less energy efficient and may allow more noise to come in than many newer options available today. So, in addition to being safer, installing new windows will provide savings on energy bills and a more peaceful home environment. If you have questions about the safety of your existing windows, please call us.