Every window in your home will be either internally or externally beaded. ‘Beading’ refers to a strip of timber, plastic or aluminium (glazing bead) that is applied to the edge of a window pane to hold it in place within the frame. If the glazing bead is fitted internally, this simply means that it is located behind the glass, and so cannot be reached from outside; external beading, on the other hand, is installed outside the glass. Now, in recent years, there has been much discussion between homeowners, manufacturers, glazing experts and police authorities around which option is more secure. With this in mind, here are just some of the benefits of internal beading, and how it can help you keep your home safe and secure.
Internal beading cannot be removed from the outside
One of the biggest advantages of internal beading, from a security point of view, is that there is very little risk of it being removed from the outside. In order to remove the beading, an intruder would have to smash the glass and reach in – inevitably waking you or triggering an alarm in the process. With externally beaded windows, the glazing bead can be removed from the outside, which means that a criminal could then attempt to remove the glass.
It often comes as standard
Home security has become a prominent topic amongst homeowners in recent years, with families looking for simple, easy and reliable ways to protect their homes against intruders. The great thing about internal glazing is that it now comes as standard in a lot of new glazing products, which means that homeowners do not have to go out of their way to find it. Not only is this ideal for homeowners who are perhaps unsure what window technology they need, but it also means that more and more individuals are likely to purchase it for their home – maybe without even realising. If you are purchasing new windows and are not sure whether they are internally or externally beaded, you can simply ask a glazing expert.
What if my windows are externally beaded?
While internally beaded windows are praised for their security benefits, this doesn’t mean that externally beaded units are necessarily unsafe. Modern windows are manufactured using materials and features that are designed to enhance performance and security.