Everything You Need To Know About Window Locks

  • Justin Woo
  • August 17, 2020
  • Window Guide
  • Window Tips

Everyone knows that windows are what spice up your home. They make the entire place look a certain way, and are super influential with respect to how others view your home. But one thing a lot of people brush past are the high-quality window locking mechanisms that all windows need! If the window locks or mechanisms aren’t up to par with everything else on the market, chances are you’re missing out on security benefits, efficiency benefits, and so much more. In this article, we’re going to dive into all the different things you need to know about window locking mechanisms. All of the different types, their components, and so much more.

Why do you need high-quality window locks?

Windows provide a pretty decent look into the interior of your house, meaning virtually anyone can see what’s inside. You wouldn’t want people simply opening these windows and grabbing your personal possessions, would you? Sure, a basic lock may deter the average person, but what about people who are prepared? Break-ins are a common thing across North America, and the various locking mechanisms we’ll be discussing have been designed to counteract even the most prepared criminal. A lot of people tend to look down upon locking mechanisms on their window, simply because they don’t see the point. If a criminal can simply smash your window, what’s the point in locking it? Well, nowadays most people have moderately complex security systems. Most security systems have smash sensors, meaning if a window is smashed, your security company is alerted and the police are called. Protect yourself, your family, and all of your personal possessions with the best window locks money can buy!

Heavy Duty Hinges

When it comes to using the best window locks out there, you’re going to want to have a decent foundation. And what we mean by that are the pieces that hold everything together. The first being heavy-duty hinges. Hinges are what swing the window open and closed. A lot of locking mechanisms simply stop this mechanism from moving, meaning if it’s low quality, the lock won’t even need to be bypassed for the system to fail. Not only do heavy-duty hinges increase security, but they actually make your windows open and close more efficiently. They also reduce what most people identify as window clatter (or in other words, rattling windows).

Encore Operator

An encore operator is another mechanism that works hand in hand with the previously mentioned heavy-duty hinges in order to provide a secure and efficient system. For those that aren’t aware of what encore operators actually are, they’re basically what you use to activate the hinge. Each encore operator has a handle of some kind, which when turned, moves a variety of dials that will then activate the hinges. Generally, you’re going to want to choose a high-quality encore operator, for criminals have been known to target this area specifically. You don’t want them to corrode or rust, so be sure to get one that’s been coated for effective corrosion relief.

Different Available Locks

When it comes to the actual locks themselves, you have two options. Locking handles are the first option. Locking handles take control of the entire system and are known to be effective in all scenarios. The second available lock option is a lock bar. Lock bars are the most popular option, and stop the entire system from moving. To put all of this into perspective, a locking handle would be the equivalent to downshifting an engine, whereas a lock bar is equivalent to the brakes of a car. When choosing from the two types of locks, it’s important to consider the benefits of each. A locking handle is generally cheaper than a lock bar because it doesn’t have to go up against so much strain. However, lock bars are known to seal in your window far more efficiently and last longer. Each type of lock can be altered to meet your specific criteria. For example, a lock bar comes with all sorts of different assembly options, which make it an excellent option for most windows.

For More Information…

For more information on the various window locks out there, their various components, and the benefits of each, feel free to visit our website and/or contact one of our highly trained employees. Do be sure to take the various specifications of your window into account before giving us a call. This way it’ll be a lot easier to help you out with your exact scenario. We hope this article helped you get started with window locks and mechanisms!

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# Casement window

With old man winter just around the corner, you’ll want to ensure that your home is prepared by being well insulated. One area to check into is your windows and doors. And while it is a practical approach to make sure your home is well insulated and saving you money, if you’re in need of a window or door replacement, this can be achieved in a modern, unique and fresh way to add value to your home.

It doesn’t matter if your home is relatively new or well over 100 years old, practically every house that has been built will have a draft. A draft happens when there are gaps in the window or door construction and the opening is left unsealed to the outside weather environment. Where you should look for drafts in your home are windows, doors, attic hatches, pipes leading outside, and ceiling-to-wall joints. When these spaces are uninsulated, cold air can enter and will, as a result, raise your heating bill which allows not just cold air in, but moisture and in some cases little pesky critters as well.

# Single slider window

One of our ever-popular designs, the single slider window combines effortless functionality with subtly honed style. A great choice when you want to maximize natural light indoors while maintaining the energy efficiency of casement windows, our single slider style is practical and unfussy with a quiet elegance.

The mobile half screen allows optimum airflow when you need a refreshing breeze on warm days, while our innovative locking system and Energy Star rated triple glazing mean that you won’t have to compromise on insulation when it gets chilly out.


# Double slider window

Double slider windows maintain the ease and simplicity of our single sash style with a little added extra that makes all the difference when it comes to functionality. The screen here is a full-length one that creates better airflow on stifling summer days.

However, you can never compromise on energy efficiency when it comes to windows in Edmonton and other Climate Zone C areas, and neither have we. The innovative locking system that we use for single slider windows is in operation in our double slider windows as well, so that you are snug as a bug during winter’s harshest freeze.

# Hopper windows

Hopper windows are built on the same engineering principles as awning windows, with the difference that they open from the top. They are suitable for basements, attics, and other spaces that might not have enough wall area for larger windows, yet require ventilation.

Hopper windows also double up as egress windows in basements, attics, and other rooms that require them according to Canadian building codes. Featuring our Energy Star rated triple glazing and low-E argon-filled glass chambers, our hopper windows will assure your peace of mind when it comes to insulation, energy-saving, and safety.


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