Sliding Window / July 14, 2018 / Tearlach DuLin
Many new sliding windows have key locking latches already installed. Some allow the window to be locked slightly open for ventilation. If your home has these window locks they are usually secure enough to keep your insurance company happy. If your home has only a simple nonlocking latch you should secure them with a keylocking sliding window lock or a window grill. Installing window locks yourself will cost AUD$15$20 per window. Having these locks supplied and installed by a locksmith will cost $40$50 per window.
Sliding window locks are often called vent locks as they allow the window to be locked slightly open for ventilation. The recommended gap is 100mm but never have more than 150mm. The theory is that if a head can get through a window a person can squeeze through. The venting position is not as secure as when the window is shut and locked. Therefore you should only leave your windows locked open you are at home.
These windows offer beauty convenience and a virtually unobstructed view of the outdoors. They are also extremely strong and almost completely weather and damage resistant. Although any material exposed to weather requires upkeep vinyl sliding windows are virtually maintenance free. In some cases a heavy rain fall will do the job. If you do need to give them extra attention all that is needed is a soft cloth or soft bristle brush with a product recommended by the window manufacturer.