Deadbolts On Your Windows? Yes, There Are Locks And Installation Steps For That

Posted on: 22 May 2016

Most modern windows already come with their own locking latches. However, if you wanted added security, or if your windows are so old they do not have latches at all, you may want to install deadbolts on your windows. The following information will provide more details on what window deadbolts look like, how they work and how to install them.

What Window Deadbolts Look Like

There are a couple of different styles to fit different types of windows, but the concept behind these window deadbolts is the same. They are all equipped with a locking mechanism and a solitary key that opens the lock. You have to insert the key into the lock to unlock and re-lock the windows. Nobody from outside can lift the sash of your window and crawl through, and nobody can use the typical files or "jimmies" to undo the locks (like you can with the traditional window latches). An intruder would actually have to break your window completely and take out the glass to get in. Even after he or she breaks the glass, he/she still cannot turn or open these window locks without your set of keys.

How They Work

Once installed, you insert the individual keys into their corresponding locks and and turn. This releases a catch that either springs back and catches on the back component of the lock or springs forward to open the lock and release your sash so you can open the window. Not only are intruders kept out, but everyone else in the house (including sneaky teenagers!) are kept in. The keys to these locks are the only ways out or in.

How to Install Them

Depending on the type of window you have (traditional two-sash, sliding, etc.), the installation instructions are slightly different. For all intents and purposes, let's imagine you are installing the two-sash version of this lock.

  1. The back component that catches and holds the swing arm of the lock needs to be screwed on into position on the frame of the top sash of your window. You can either install this next to the preexisting latches or you can install it dead center on windows that have no latches at all.
  2. Next, align the locking front portion of the lock with the back component. The front portion of the lock needs to be screwed into place on the lower sash, the part of the window you lift open most often.
  3. Make sure the key in the lock can turn and engage the lock properly before securing both parts permanently to the window frames.
  4. Now repeat for all the rest of your windows on which you want these deadbolt locks.

Lock all of your windows and then hide the keys somewhere where only you know where to find the keys. Click here to learn more about deadbolt installation.