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    External Window Beads

    Window Specialists

    I am currently looking at looking to purchase a property and in the survey report it was spotted that the window Beads are on the outside of the property. Does this mean that someone can remove the windows to gain access to the property?
    Would such a defect void a contents insurance policy?
    Are there any means of securing the windows even if they are they other way round?

    Asked by Sorin on 17th May 2021
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    Ultimate Home Improvements

    "External glazing is a bit dated but very rarely used as a means of breaking in. Most of them either have a wedge system, security tape or clips. It would certainly not void the insurance policy.

    Regards
    Simon Parr"

    Answered on 11th Jun 2021 - Member since Apr 2020 - report
    MSD WIndows LTd

    "Hi several options available including removing units and using security tape, fitting security clips but if the budget allows, replace with new internally beaded windows."

    Answered on 19th May 2021 - Member since Jun 2020 - report
    Just glass midlands

    "No, the gasket compressed them so it’s mega hard to break-in"

    Answered on 19th May 2021 - Member since Sep 2016 - report
    T/A All glass and building services

    "External beading is normally these days the sign of an older window as most but not all newer uPVC windows are internally beaded however that does not mean that someone can just come along and pop the beads off.
    If the current glass units have been glazed on a double-sided adhesive tape then they would normally need someone on the inside to prize them out from the tape. If they have a pressure gasket internally then in theory they can be taken out but it will make a lot of noise to get into the bead using a beading knife and highly likely to crack the glass. Most intruders want an easy quick way into a property so are more likely (and from experience on carrying emergency board-ups following break-ins) they would normally target a large pane of glass eg in a patio door and either smash glass or pop the lock to allow quick easy access to allow them to be in and out as quick as possible.
    Hope this helps in some way.
    Best wishes
    Mark"

    Answered on 19th May 2021 - Member since Jun 2020 - report

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