What’s The Best Way To Improve Home Security?
Having the peace of mind that comes from a safe, secure, warm home cannot be overstated, especially as we enter the darker, colder months of autumn and winter. Naturally it’s the time when we think more about our homes as we tend to be in them for longer periods, it can also be an ideal time for regular maintenance jobs as well as planning larger home improvement projects.
We understand how vitally important it is that your home is as safe as possible, reducing the risk of loss and trauma caused by break-ins or malicious damage.
Considering the added pressures of home insurance costs rising rapidly over recent years, it’s an ideal time to consider whether you have done everything you can to optimise your home security.
The importance and value of expertly fitted doors and windows in preventing potential intrusions and maintaining a high level of home security is something we are asked about regularly at Majestic Designs.
It’s why all of our products are designed and manufactured with superior security and safety in mind. Whether you are considering a new composite door, upgrading your uPVC windows or switching from older timber sash windows to something warmer and more secure – we can help you choose the right options for your home.
Below we’ve outlined some of the key steps you can take and some products to consider to make sure your home is safe and sound.
Assess and plan
First of all it is essential for you to undertake a thorough inventory of your doors and windows and any other access points into your home. Including any garage and/or basement doors and windows.
Look at the condition of the locks and check the opening, closing and locking functions to see whether you need to update, repair or replace any door or window units or mechanisms. It’s better to spot and replace a potentially faulty item now rather than wait until it breaks or won’t open, close or lock before taking action.
Check whether your street or area has a registered Neighbourhood Watch group. You can find out more and sign up here https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/
Talk to your friends and neighbours about the security systems and plans they have in place and ask for recommendations.
Explore the options for installing a video doorbell system that is connected to your wifi and phone. You could also look at the costs for a monitored system although these tend to come with a larger yearly fee and are more suitable to larger properties with lots of access points or homes where there are greater numbers of expensive goods or artworks that need a higher degree of security for insurance purposes.
Once you have your inventory and checks completed, you can plan for any essential repair and replacement projects. For guidance on choosing secure windows and doors, give our team a call. We’re very happy to help and advise.
Windows with a secure locking function are an essential must-have for all property types.
Things to consider when choosing new windows or upgrading what you currently have are how they can be opened and accessed, whether they have tilted or full-opening capabilities, what kind of room they are being fitted in and whether you need clear or opaque/frosted security glass.
At Majestic Designs our uPVC and aluminium windows are internally beaded as standard. This adds an additional layer of security because the fittings cannot be accessed from the outside.
Multi-point Yale locks also feature on all our window products and this multi-point locking system can positively impact your home insurance quote and give you greater peace of mind. We know that there are thousands of window lock options on the market but we only use devices from a reliable and proven supplier.
When you need to ventilate your home in the day or at night but have concerns about security, locking your windows in the night vent position is an excellent compromise. It allows you to leave the window slightly open whilst it remains locked with a gap of around 1 inch to allow air to circulate. Particularly useful in children’s bedrooms – it enables a cool flow of air in hotter months whilst maintaining a safe and secure space.
You can see our range of window options here https://www.majesticdesigns.co.uk/windows/
At Majestic Design we create and fit a wide range of doors, all built with security in mind.
We are a registered installer of the highly regarded Endurance composite door range. They feature a robust timber core and all have multi-point locking mechanisms. Strong and very secure, an Endurance composite door will keep your home safe from unwelcome intruders.
Endurance doors are so resilient they have been proven to withstand repeated attacks with a sledgehammer! Most composite doors, including the Endurance range, are accredited by Secured by Design. This means they have a seal of approval issued by the UK Police Service for durability, strength and security.
We also manufacture and fit aluminium doors for all types of entrance points including bi-fold patio doors and front doors.
Lightweight but incredibly strong, aluminium is one of the most durable materials used for door frames. Unlike a timber frame, it can’t be sawn, burnt or split and high quality aluminium won’t split or crack if struck.
You can explore our full range of doors here https://www.majesticdesigns.co.uk/doors/
Forewarned is forearmed
Planning ahead and knowing the function and condition of your doors, windows and access points as well as any additional security methods is essential. Take time to make sure everyone in the home knows how to secure and lock doors and windows correctly and safely and keep your regular maintenance up to date to feel confident that everything is working to an optimal standard.
At Majestic Designs we have been helping our customers to create safe, warm, secure and comfortable homes for over 20 years.
If you would like to discuss a home improvement project to renew or improve the security of the doors, windows and conservatories in your home, give one of our expert and friendly team members a call today.
Call us on 01934 741 294 or send us a message online.