We don’t live in a Mayberry world anymore. The novelty of leaving your doors unlocked has been replaced with the need for safety and peace of mind. Since your doors are the place your home is most vulnerable, selecting the right locks for each one is vital. But knowing the best way to secure your home can be confusing unless you understand all your options.
The most basic of all the locks is the doorknob lock. These locks have knobs on both sides of the door, one side has a lock, the other has a keyhole. These are common on all household doors, but ideally should be limited to indoor privacy uses.
Doorknob locks are easily damaged with external force. Once the knob is compromised, the locking mechanism is easily accessible, leaving your home vulnerable. Doorknob locks alone are not secure enough on exterior doors unless used in conjunction with a secondary lock.
Deadbolts are the most popular, widely-used security lock for homes. They are referred to by the term “dead” because they are not spring-loaded like other locks.
Deadbolts use a metal bolt that slides into the door jam. The single-cylinder style is keyed on only one side, making it easier to exit in the case of an emergency. Single-cylinder deadbolts are also preferred because of their high level of security.
Cylindrical Lever Lock
Similar to deadbolts and doorknob locks, cylindrical lever locks have lever-style handles. These levers make entering and exiting much simpler and are ideal for handicap access. They are also more attractive and more secure than standard doorknob locks. Since cylindrical lever locks don’t use keys, they are recommended for interior doors and not as your first line of defense on the exterior.
Mortise Lock Set
Mortise locks look very much like cylindrical lever locks but have more detailed hardware mounted inside the door. Mortise locks are often found on older doors and have continued to be widely used because of their reliability and strength.
Electronic Keypad Locks
Electronic locks are quickly gaining popularity among homeowners. Keypad locks can be smart locks and work with your devices. These require wireless communication for the lock to be engaged. Keypad locks can also be simply electronic, which just means they need an electrical current to operate.
Electronic keypad locks are basically deadbolts that use a number combination code instead of a key. While they are more expensive than other locks, you never have to worry about getting locked out, and the level of security is very high.
Contact us to discuss lock options for your home.
Regardless of the style of security lock you decide on for your home, experienced installation is the key (pun intended!) Our professional locksmiths will make sure the lock is seated correctly, works effortlessly, and provides you with the utmost security. We also recommend reading how burglars gain access to your home through door locks. If you're in the Tampa Bay area, give us call at (813) 545-5462 and we'll advise you on how to properly secure your doors and home.