Protecting your home and belongings is a high priority and one you have to be vigilant of every single day. It’s something we see a lot of homeowners worry about, and spend a lot of money trying to get it right. But one of the things that’s often overlooked is locks. Specifically, how different types of locks are better for different types of doors, and how a locksmith can help you figure out which is right for you. In general, there are 5 options you can choose from.
A deadbolt lock is a bit more heavy-duty than your typical lock, and are installed as a separate mechanism to the door knob or handle. When one is installed, it’s positioned so that when the door is latched the bolt will pop out of the door into the wall. When the deadbolt is locked, the door can’t be opened unless you have the key. They are an excellent high-security option, especially for front doors, but you need to make sure that it’s fitted correctly. If the strike plate for the deadbolt isn’t put in properly, then the lock won’t be effective at all.
Some types of doors aren’t suitable for a deadbolt, which is where you may want to consider a keyed lock. These are usually found on glass sliding doors or patio doors as an upgrade to the original locks the doors came with. The basic lock glass or sliding doors come with is flimsy and wears out very quickly, so they don’t provide you with enough protection or security. Keyed locks can be installed on these doors to add a layer of protection. Even more, if you install them at both the top and the bottom of the doors -which is what we recovered!
These are the most ‘modern’ locks on the market (though some might call them ‘newfangled’), and they work on a digital rather than a physical system. Electronic locks use a code via an entry pad, a smartphone or a key fob rather than using a traditional key and lock. It’s definitely a more high-tech option, and it can give your home a more enhanced level of security. They’re becoming more popular by the day, especially on newer properties, and they can be a much more convenient option too.
Door Handle Locks
This is the most common type of lock, and odds are you have one in your home right now. they re used up and down the country inside the home and used on external doors. When combined with deadbolt they can provide a secure locking system. One that’s simple to use and cheap to replace.
Combination locks can either be electronic or mechanical. Mechanical combination locks work through either a push in button or a twist dial system. Digital combination locks will typically need a password or pin, just like a phone would.
Of course, there are many more types of luck, and each has a specialised use. That’s why you should always talk to a locksmith, who can help you work out the best type of lock for your property. To find out more, just get in touch with the team today.