Choosing a proper lock is the first step towards securing your home. Manufacturers offer a broad range of locks with varying features. With so many options available, how do you know which one is the right one for your home?
Below is a checklist for selecting the best lock for your home.
Know the Types of Locks – Locks come in two main categories
Both types are installed on your front and back doors. According to Michael Winardi, Senior Engineering Manager at Kwikset, “knobs and levers are secondary security, while deadbolts are your primary security feature and the preferred lock when it comes to securing your home.”
- Right Locks in the Right Places – Not all parts of your home need the same level of security. The front and back doors are the most sensitive points as burglars often try to enter your home through these access points. Therefore, they need the highest level of security. On the other hand, if it is a passage or interior door, it does not require a high a level of security. Frequently used doors such as the bathroom, need to durable, so they can withstand the constant pressure of being opened and closed repeatedly. A qualified locksmith can recommend what type of lock is suitable for a door.
- Grades of Locks – A lock grade is the level of endurance a lock has. There are three grades – Grade one, two and three. Residential deadbolts are Grade one, offering the greatest level of security followed by grade two and three. According to Chris Taylor – a licensed locksmith who has been with Kwikset for 30 years, “when you are securing your home, make sure you are using a grade one deadbolt with a one-inch throw to maximize security. A throw is a bolt that slides into the door jamb and locks the door.”
- Style and Finish – Lock companies offer various styles and finishes in all classes of bolts to match the decor of your home. Style and finish are an important factor while choosing locks but it should not be a priority. Only after you check the level of security and endurance can you consider the aesthetics.
- The Cost of Locksmith Services – Price is another deciding factor when buying locks. The cost of locks differs, ranging from just a few dollars per door. However, price depends on the security level needed, the number of locks changed, the need for additional security measures such as alarms, grills, fences and CCTV, and labor. A reliable locksmith will be able to give you an approximate price before they begin work.
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