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Why window maintenance should be a key part of your security plan

January 11, 2019 Steve Sherbourne

When it comes to keeping your property secure, ensuring your windows are serviced regularly will keep them looking and functioning in top condition. Although this can seem like an unnecessary expense at the time – it will save you money and keep your home or business protected in the long-run. Window maintenance is especially important considering the more extreme weather conditions such as we’ve experienced in the UK this past year (extreme for us brits, anyway!) – a frozen winter with snow, and a scorching hot summer heatwave. Burglars look for a fast, easy entry and escape route – so make sure your home isn’t an easy target.

Well maintained windows will deter burglars

When observing the property from the outside, potential thieves will judge how secure it is. If it’s obvious that your windows are robust and in good condition, they will likely be put-off from forcing entry – as it would be more difficult for them and take longer, increasing their chances of being seen.

Making the break in process more difficult

Even if burglars aren’t deterred by the excellent condition of your windows, they will have real trouble entering your premises through secure windows. It’s been shown that 95% of break ins require some amount of force – so cheaper doors and windows or old/broken looking ones are mostly likely to be targeted, and their weak locks are more easily broken. It’s also been shown that thieves typically spend less than one minute attempting to gain entry – so if your windows withstand force for this long, then the burglar is likely to give it up and leave.

Issues that can weaken your windows – making you vulnerable

The fact is that all hardware used to protect your home is subject to wear and tear over time. Your windows can be damaged through a variety of causes: dirt and debris can clog them up and prevent them from closing properly, sealant can become worn or loose, and wood can become cracked or splintered, damaging its integrity.

Ensuring your windows are serviced regularly prevents these small issues becoming a big problem, as well as providing you with peace of mind that your home or business is as safe as possible. Find out more about the window maintenance and servicing we offer, or get in contact with us to discuss your needs.

This June Windrush installed 39 Pvcu windows to our student accommodation block at Rewley Abbey Court. The work required them to install the windows while residents were in occupation, some with young children. Windrush carried out a full risk and method statement and appraisal to carry out the works in a safe manner with multi-occupation to consider. Full scaffolding and access booms were used with everything being alarmed and fenced off with appropriate signage in place. The Windrush team involved had all the necessary accreditation holding CSCS cards, asbestos awareness trained, CRB checked etc. The windows were as per our requested specification with Windrush being the most competitive out of the competition. The College are very pleased with all aspects of the work carried out and will be using Windrush on our future projects.

Steve Williams, Buildings and Estates

Green Templeton College, Oxford

Windrush have installed new pvcu patio doors in the residents homes on site. The window installers being friendly and polite and having a nice demeanour and getting on well with the residents. The work was carried out in a professional manor with their work being clean and tidy all with an insurance baked guarantee. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others.

Alex Jordan, Site Manager

Swinbrook Court, Langdale Gate, retirement and sheltered housing, Witney, Oxon

I would just like to say that I was very impressed by the two young men who came to do the windows yesterday, they were very efficient, had impeccable manners and they cleared up after themselves which was a joy.

Windrush serviced two Velux windows and re-glazed with new sealed units, re-glazed a bedroom window with three sealed units, and re-glazed a conservatory upgrading sealed units to “Low E Argon” gas and thermal bar

Emma Sadler

Yew Tree Farm, Abingdon Road

During the School holidays the Windrush team carried out window adaption works for the School. Windrush installed remote window winding equipment to our high level windows that have been a health and safety issue with pupils and staff standing on chairs to open. I can recommend Windrush for their professional approach, competitive pricing and ability to accommodate our requirements during a busy time with many other trades on site. They were willing to change their work schedule to accommodate changing circumstances on site.

Neil Baker, Estates Manager

St Helen & St Katherine School, Abingdon, Oxon

Windrush recently attended our Academy and replaced damaged window hinges and handles with great success. The Windrush Team who carried the work out were very professional with the work being carried out during normal School hours. The Health and Safety aspect being covered with the adoption of measures from their risk assessment and method statement being carried out.

Steve Bryan, Estates Team

The Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane, Oxford

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Steve Sherbourne, Managing Director

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