Remodeling with Safety and Security in Mind

Your windows and doors are on guard 24/7

Your windows and doors have important jobs to do. They let in what you want. Like sunlight. And a cool breeze. And they keep out what you don't. Like the weather. And other unwanted elements.

Remodeling is a great time to enhance the safety and security performance you want in your home. So look for windows and doors with these special features.

Multipoint lock

Patio doors and entry doors that lock in two or more places provide enhanced security.

Unison lock

Casement windows feature locks in two places with one easy-to-reach handle.


A popular feature on vinyl single-hung and sliding windows, this locking system automatically locks the window whenever it is shut.


Patio door handles that require a key to be unlocked from the exterior provide an added level of security.

Laminated glass

This glass is created by sandwiching a polymer layer in between two sheets of glass. The interlayer holds the glass together if it's shattered — so it can't easily be penetrated by intruders.

Obscure glass

This textured glass gives you the privacy you want — especially for rooms like bathrooms and bedrooms — while still allowing natural light to enter.

Learn more about features and options for windows and patio doors
Learn more about features and options for entry doors

For home fire safety, check your doors and windows

For safety's sake, it’s critical that windows and doors are in good working order. Don't risk lives – replace poorly functioning or inoperable windows and doors.

EPA lead-safe installation

Beginning in April 2010, new federal regulations require that renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brochure entitled “Renovate Right” identifies some of the potential hazards associated with lead and the requirements imposed on contractors performing work where lead-based paint is present. If your residence was built prior to 1978, tests will need to be conducted to determine whether lead is present in the area where the work is to be performed. If lead is present or likely to be present, work practices mandated by EPA regulations may increase the costs of the project. For more information about this new regulation and how it may affect you, visit epa.gov/lead.

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