admin. Interior Design. March 27th , 2018.
Installing window security bars is one of the recommended ways to increase the security in your home. The simplicity is one reason why window security bars exterior are popular among homeowners. Apart from that, they are also relatively inexpensive while being highly effective to improve the home’s security. Aside from proper window security bars installation, there are some important factors to consider when choosing and utilizing them.
Basically, window security bars are stout metal grids that are either bolted or screwed through window frames to structural framing. The simplest versions, which are DIY-able, usually have 3 to 4 steel bars that are set in a metal frame and can be bought from home improvement stores. The more elaborate models are detailed with elaborate ornaments, motifs, and scrollwork. Obviously, the bars can prevent easy intrusion into your home. Burglars tend to work quietly and quickly, and the sight of security bars usually will suffice to discourage most invaders.
For constant and long-term use, install permanent security bars. If you are about to secure the egress, consider swing-away bars instead which can be secured with a quick-release mechanism or padlock operable only from the inside. On the other hand, there are removable window security bars that are specially designed to use when bars may detract from sight. They are typically installed for small residences or stores. Consider installing security bars not only for better security. Many insurance companies typically reduce rates to homeowners who install security measures, including bars.
When installing window security bars, you need to consider starting from the windows that are easiest to reach and least visible, such as basement windows. It is because of how they tend to be hidden in shadows, obscured by shrubs, trees, or foliage. The same also applies for basement egress windows, which are larger than typical basement windows and are used as safety mean in case of emergency, such as fire.
The cost to install window security bars will vary, depending on the size of windows and whether you wish to do the whole process yourself or leave the work to the professionals. For smaller windows, including typical basement windows, the DIY security bar kit can cost you from $100 to $200 and installation can take only an hour per window. For larger windows, you may spend $300 to $500, or even more. For professional installation, expect to add about $150 for each opening, plus materials.
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