Steel Window Association

Keep the burglars out with the Steel Window Association

  • 9 May 2018

The inherent strength of their frames means steel windows are loathed by burglars; a good deterrent is the traditional ‘cottage’ style steel window, divided into small frames, with interlocked steel glazing bars – Steel Window Association members also offer W40 steel windows which comply with Secured by Design requirements.

Steel Window Association member, Steel Window Fittings Ltd (SWF), manufacture most steel window hardware.

SWF has had both a nationwide and global presence since 2011, manufacturing all manner of architectural ironmongery, as well as safety locks/restrictors and concealed multipoint hardware for metal framed doors and windows, to the commercial and domestic sectors.

The strength and all important security of steel windows and doors is enhanced, through the use of sufficient hardware.

When manufacturing new windows, Steel Window Association members offer locking devices, locking handles, concealed bolts and mortice deadlocks.

Locking handles are also supplied for existing installations to provide the highest levels of security. To achieve the greatest protection against forced entry, hardware is attached using steel screws threaded into the steel frame.

A concealed multi-point cremone bolt locking system, operated through the frame by a geared handle, offers enhanced resistance to intrusion on new windows in the W40 range. When specified, glazed steel framed doors can be fitted with security mortice deadlocks.

Glass is not easily removed from modern steel windows. Modern adhesive sealants and metal beads firmly secure the panes and, in vulnerable areas, small pane ‘T’ glazing bars and laminated glass can be employed, making breaking and entering difficult. Even if the pane is broken, locked handles and stays will maintain security.

Effective air movement need not be compromised by good security. A two point locking handle will allow the option of leaving the window cracked open or trickle ventilation can be provided through the head of the window.

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