Window protection comes in all forms, from ornate burglar bars to shutters and screens. They offer various degrees of protection and your choice will depend on many different factors such as where the windows are located in your home; what the crime risk is in the area where you live; and they architectural style of your home.
If you need serious protection on your windows, then no matter what it’s style, one of the best burglar bar designs you can look at is Trellidor Cottage Guard. It is at the top of the list in terms of strength and has a number of other distinctive features that make it a popular choice.
Here are some of the leading Cottage Guard features you should know about before making your burglar bar purchase:
- Trellidor Cottage Guard is extremely strong
This is one of the main Trellidor Cottage Guard benefits and the reason why people choose it for their windows. It is made from square aluminium tubing reinforced with a steel threaded rod through the centre of each tube and a joining cruciform for added strength.
This type of construction makes these Trellidor burglar bars very robust under attack. Anyone trying to break through them would have to make an incredible noise in the attempt, attracting attention from the occupants of the home, people passing by and security services. This is the last thing that any burglar or home invader wants.
Even in the right conditions for thieves, i.e. a hidden window with no neighbours nearby, an empty house to break into and plenty of time to try, they are highly unlikely to be able to damage these burglar bars, never mind actually get inside the house.
So if you live in a high crime risk area or have windows at the ground floor level, these are the burglar bars that will provide you with the best protection possible.
- Custom-made burglar proofing
Another important Trellidor Cottage Guard feature is that it is custom-made. This is not an off-the-shelf product. A Trellidor consultant has to visit your home or office, measure the opening that needs to be secured and then order the burglar bar unit in the correct size for the window from the factory.
Once the burglar bar has been manufactured, it is installed by a trained technician that knows how to ensure it is secure, with no vulnerable points for home invaders to exploit.
The advantage of this is, once again, strength under attack. A custom-made product is always going to be stronger than a DIY one as it is made to fit. It is not merely the nearest size that sort of fits into the space, with gaps for a crowbar to get some leverage and pull it out. This is a properly fitting, safe and secure burglar guard.
- Made to match cottage pane windows
There are many homes with cottage pane windows, both older style and more modern ones. They can look far too cluttered if fitted with conventional burglar bars. But because Cottage Guard is custom-made, the gap sizes can be designed to match those of the windowpanes.
This means that the burglar bars are hardly noticeable once installed. It also means that windows can be safely opened to allow in fresh air without losing any protection.
It is important to note, however, that the gaps sizes should never exceed what is allowed by your insurance company. Large gaps will not keep home invaders out as they will find someone that can squeeze through.
Cottage Guard is a good choice for large panes of glass too. Once fitted, they create a cottage pane effect, protecting the glazed windows.
This is the perfect solution for windows in complexes where the designated window style is cottage pane, but homeowners prefer large, easy to clean windows. The burglar bars ensure the windows match those in the rest of the homes on the estate.
4. Cottage Guard burglar bars are low maintenance
Cottage Guard burglar proofing is a low maintenance addition to your home for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is manufactured from aluminium and therefore suitable for coastal as well as inland homes.
Secondly, the Cottage Guard units are installed without welding, so there are no weak points for corrosion to set in. This is possible because each unit is fully framed and fitted into the substrate around the window or inside the reveal, not fixed to the window frame.
Thirdly, the Trellidor manufacturing process includes pre-treatment for enhanced corrosion and UV resistance, which makes these burglar bars suitable for both coastal and inland conditions.
Lastly, these burglar bars are very easy to clean. Use a premium quality (salt free) car wash liquid, mixed with water as per manufacturer’s directions and a soft cotton cloth to clean the entire unit.
Hard to reach areas may require the use of a soft nylon bristle brush such as a dishwashing brush. Dry the unit with a soft cotton cloth or chamois and you’re done!
5. Trendy range of colors
Burglar bars are most often ordered in white or bronze to match window frames such as wood windows. But there is often a much wider range of colours from which to choose.
Cottage Guard can be made in an interesting selection of trendy colours to blend in with your décor colour scheme, or to emphasise statement colours within your home.
Apart from white and bronze, Trellidor Cottage Guards are also powder coated in sand, light brown, aluminium, charcoal and black. Special colours are available on request, allowing you to choose a colour to best suit your decor or your corporate colours.
Like all Trellidor security barriers, Trellidor Cottage Guard is custom-made to fit the opening and its specific requirements, so there is no standard price. Trellidor security barriers are available through authorised Trellidor franchises countrywide and they will gladly measure the opening and give you a quotation.
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