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Quick hits – Five things to consider when purchasing window gates

In urban locations like New York City, attractive, but functional window gates are essential to protecting your home without having to deal with the ugliness and inflexibility of basic bars. A good window gate will not only be attractive, it will also allow people on the inside of the house to easily get out in an emergency while still protecting you, your family and your possessions from criminals. However, choosing the right window gate for your needs is not always as simple as looking at an online catalog and deciding which one you like the most. Instead, there are a number of security and functionality considerations to keep in mind, making help from a professional security company essential.

There’s plenty to consider when considering window gates, but some of the most important things to think about include:

Installation locations
Putting window gates on is not just a simple matter of attaching a gate to all of your first-floor windows. Instead, you have to think about any window that could realistically be broken and climbed into by a burglar. A small picture window near a door may not need to be gated if there is no way that a burglar, after breaking it, can reach the door and unlock it from the inside. At the same time, a second- or third-floor window may have to be gated if it is easily accessible from a fire escape or can be climbed to with relative ease. Analyzing your home to identify possible entry points can require expert assistance, making a good partnership with a security provider a key element of choosing the right window gates.

Regional standards
Different cities and counties may have distinct standards for window gates to ensure they are properly resistant to different forces, but also not going to get in the way of firefighters or law enforcement officials if they need to come to your home. Having certified window gates is key to complying with these regulations and avoiding trouble later down the line.

Deployment services
Even if you are handy, there are a few nuances to window gate installation that could make the project difficult. You will likely be depending on these gates to protect your family, so you don’t want to take the risk that comes with a poor installation. Instead, it is often helpful to work with a security company that can help you choose the right gate for your needs, measure it properly for your windows and install it successfully.

Appearance
How the gates look may not be a priority, but lets face it, you probably don’t want an ugly metal monstrosity blocking your windows, and any natural light you may be getting. You probably want to have a gate that is visually pleasing, will look nice next to your home’s wall treatment and will complement the aesthetic of your property. Some providers offer custom gates, allowing you to get exactly what you need from a solution.

Supplementary solutions
You probably don’t want to end up in a situation where you put on window gates, make burglars think you have something valuable to protect, and end up having something stolen because of other vulnerabilities. Working with a security provider that offers window gates can help you get insight into other areas of risk in your home, ensuring that you will be fully protected and better positioned to prevent someone from breaking into your home.

Getting window gates and installing them may seem easy, but there’s a lot to think about and decide on when choosing a solution. An effective partnership with a security solution provider can make it much easier for you to get the solution you need.

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