Most people think of door locks when they are considering stopping intruders or keeping small children inside. There are many openings to your home, not just doors. Hinged doors are easier to secure than windows. The many styles of windows need different styles of locks to secure them. Knowing the function of the window will make choosing the right lock simpler.
Keyed locks can be opened only if you have the right key and are usually mounted on the side (or sash) of a double-hung window. It would be easier to have all the locks work with one key. This way there are fewer keys to keep track of.
Sliding window locks can be permanent or non-permanent. Sliding window locks keep the window from sliding and are mounted to the either side of the track. The non-permanent locks, which need no tools for installation, give you the choice of leaving the window slightly open but still have it locked in place.
Swivel action locks do not need a key to unlock. They use a self-locking nib to keep the window from fully opening. These are used on double hung windows.
Folding latches only allow the window to slightly open. These are installed on the top of double-hung windows. This lock provides security and allows air circulation.
The window latch is the most common form of window lock. It is the type on most windows. This lock is installed on one window and securely attaches to the other window when closed. A handle is turned on the latch to lock the two windows in place.
The hinged wedge lock for double-hung windows offers two functions. It allows the window to open only as far as where the lock is placed and, like the folding latch, will provide security and allow air circulation. The hinged wedge lock can push in toward the window to allow the window to open completely.
These are a few of the most common window locks. There are several more available. Window locks can be found in your favorite DYI store, hardware store, and even on Amazon. Consulting a local locksmith would be a big help selecting the right window locks for you home.
Written by Tayna Vy, 941-955-2224