What’s the first thing you do after you enter your home and close the door? It’s something you might give the least amount of attention to. But as a safety measure, it’s important.
The act of engaging door locks is so innate you can do it without looking. But do you know if your bathroom, office, or front door locks are the right ones for the job? It may be time to update every door lock around your house.
Before doing so, know what locks are on the market and the intended purpose of each. Let’s take a look at 5 different types of door locks to consider.
Deadbolt locks offer you extra security and peace of mind. You can install a deadbolt along with any of the types of door knob locks. And you can choose to buy single or double cylinder deadbolt locks.
Single-cylinder deadbolts have a keyed exterior face with a knob on the interior. But double-cylinder requires a key to unlock from the outside and inside. Choosing one over the other depends on the level of security you need.
Both door knobs and lever locks work on entry and interior doors. You can choose either style with spring bolt locks, which engage upon closing the door. Doorknob locks provide adequate security with or without a deadbolt lock.
You can buy doorknob locks at a reasonable price. But lever door locks may cost a little more. Their design makes them easier to maneuver and they’re ADA approved.
Electronic locks have a keypad face for you to enter a code to unlock the door. So no worries should you forget your key as long as you remember the code. Electronic locks have a keyless entry, but you can buy one with a keyhole.
With electronic locks, you can unlock doors using remote or coded access. This way, you can give a secondary code to someone without key access. If you need to later revoke access, disable their unique code.
Smart lock designs offer convenient features. You can opt for either of these control paths:
- Bluetooth – connect with your phone for remote access but only if you’re within range
- Wi-Fi – connect to your home locks via the internet so you can access them from anywhere
- Z-Wave – connect your mobile device to your door locks through a hub but you must be within range of the hub
You can access Wi-Fi-enabled smart locks from any connected device. This way, you can give the babysitter access to your house while you’re at work.
Most sliding doors have what’s called a Mortise Style lock. They have a thumb latch lock mechanism attached to the door handle. But there are other security options for a sliding door lock.
You can choose a lock that’s keyed on both sides of the door. Or you may prefer the loop lock or lock pin. For added protection, you can install the loop or pin locks along with your existing door lock.
Now you’re able to make an informed decision when comparing different types of door locks. Your selections may vary depending on whether the lock’s for an interior or exterior door. Also, consider how often you may need to give different persons access to your home.
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