Over time and with regular use, UPVC window handles and locks can become impaired and show signs of wear and tear – rendering them less effective and less secure.

After the front door, your windows are the second most vulnerable point when it comes to break-ins. So, although you might not pay them much attention and they might not make your dream renovation list, it’s important to repair or replace them as soon as possible.

Here we look at some of the most obvious tell-tale signs you need to upgrade your window locks.

When to replace window locks

  1. Your locks are old

When was the last time you upgraded your windows?

New windows, frames, and handles can enhance the aesthetics whilst new locks add an extra layer of security to your home.

Even if they look perfectly fine and are working as normal, if you’ve never had the locks on your windows changed in all the years you’ve lived at your house, it’s worth opting for new ones.

  • Your locks are faulty

The locks on your windows are used in conjunction with various other elements, and this causes them to deteriorate. When locks are old and worn, they become rusty which makes it much harder for you to unlock and turn the handle.

If your window locks aren’t working like they used to, then it’s a good idea to contact your local locksmith and ask them to come and fit new locks at your property.

  • Your locks are well worn

Unfortunately, window and door locks don’t last forever and there will come a time that they need replacing.

The longer you leave it to replace worn locks, the worse they will get. That means it will be a chore to open and close them and you could potentially compromise your security – making it easier for opportunists to access your home.

  • Your house has been broken into

Whether you’ve recently been the victim of a break-in or you suspect your window locks have been tampered with, you need to take action as soon as possible.

Any damages need to be repaired and new locks need to be fitted to prevent intruders from being able to gain access to your home by climbing through the window. 

  • You’ve lost the key

Though it’s easily done, if you’ve lost a key for your windows then you should look at getting the locks changed by a locksmith.

You might have simply misplaced it and it’ll be in the house somewhere, but it’s not worth taking the risk. After all, what if you haven’t mislaid it and someone has stolen it?

Invest in new window locks today

If you’re looking for high-quality window locks for your home, be sure to visit LockShop Direct. They offer a comprehensive range of handles, espags, gearboxes, trickle vents, tilt and turn mechanisms, and more – all for competitive prices.

And if you’re not sure which locks are best for your windows, their experts will be more than happy to assist. Just give them a call on 0330 174 0851.