Low maintenance and ease of operation characteristics lends the MAG-Lock system well to universal design applications.
"With the MAG-Lock, you can literally use just one finger or the side of your hand to operate and lock your windows," says Brian Hedlund, product marketing manager for Jeld-Wen. "In addition to its stylish design, the MAG-Lock is a fully concealed mechanism that is streamlined into the window profile. Security is a key benefit given it's concealed from the outside of the house," says Hedlund.
Low maintenance and ease of operation characteristics lends the MAG-Lock system well to universal design applications, according to Hedlund. As homeowners plan for the future and look for ways to live comfortably at home as they age, MAG-Lock provides maximum safety and convenience, he says.
In addition, MAG-Lock has passed the industry's rigorous forced-entry resistance test, in addition to tests for water and air infiltration. The high-quality rare earth magnets used will maintain their strength for up to 10,000 years, according to Jeld-Wen. Tests show that the magnets will continue to maintain their force even after the lock has been engaged and disengaged for 36,000 cycles – more than most windows would ever be opened and closed in a lifetime. The magnets also can withstand extreme temperatures, including above 300 degrees and below 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Tests also show that there is no way to disengage the lock using other magnets, and it won't interfere with pacemakers or computer equipment.
Another MAG-Lock advantage includes a clean design that provides added security and style. The handle of the lock serves as a latch indicator, emitting an audible "click" when locked. When not secured, the handle is positioned slightly away from the housing to make it easy to tell from a distance whether the window is locked.
The lock is hidden from view from the outside of the window, which enhances security since would-be intruders cannot identify the lock from the home's exterior. This also provides an architecturally desirable look, since the lock doesn't interfere with the straight, clean lines of the windows.