How to choose the best door lock? This question is very popular among our customers. Locks on front doors function as “first lines of defense” against intruders. To create the strongest line of defense possible, you should be sure that your home’s front door is equipped with a lock that is first-rate.
With so many choices out there in the marketplace, you may not be sure how to choose the best door lock. There is where we come in.
With your personal safety in mind, we’re here to help you narrow the field…and then make a final decision! Our tips and hard facts are designed to take the guesswork out of choosing an appropriate lock.
The right door locks really deliver in terms of security, performance, durability, convenience and affordability.
Don’t Become a Statistic
According to FBI Uniform Crime Reporting statistics, three hundred and sixty-five thousand homes were broken into in America in 2015. Many of these crimes happened in broad daylight. Total losses from home burglaries added up to 14.3 billion dollars.
Every thirteen seconds during 2015, a home was robbed in the USA.
Our homes are our sanctuaries. However, they are not always as safe as we think they are. Installing high-security door locks will help you to keep criminals out.
Even homeowners who have home alarm systems should make a point of installing premium door locks. Home alarm systems are just not enough.
Basic Facts About Door Locks
The two main categories of door locks are deadbolts and doorknobs/door levers. Both are common choices for back doors and front doors. Deadbolts offer higher security than doorknobs and door levers.
If you want the strongest line of defense, choosing a deadbolt will be a smart and safe option.
There are a couple of types of deadbolts (or handle sets) and they are single-cylinder and double-cylinder.
Single-cylinder deadbolts (or handle sets) operate via keys from the outside. They don’t require keys for locking and unlocking from the interiors of properties. With these home security products, doors are locked or unlocked via levers of the thumb-turn type.
Double-cylinder deadbolts (and handle sets) do need keys for locking and unlocking, from the outside and inside of properties. Locks of the double-cylinder type don’t have “thumb-turn” mechanisms.
Single-cylinder styles are more commonplace than double-cylinder styles. The main reasons why people buy single-cylinder deadbolts is because they are efficient and affordable. They generally work as they should and they are less expensive to buy and install, versus double-cylinder deadbolts.
Why Buy a Double-cylinder Deadbolt or Handle Set?
If enhancing security is your main priority, choosing a double-cylinder deadbolt of handle set will be a wise decision. This is especially true if your home doors feature panels made from glass or have windows which are within arm’s reach. When you choose a double-cylinder deadbolt for your exterior doors, there won’t be thumb-turns.
This means that criminals can’t reach inside of your home and unlock your doors by hand, via windows that they’ve smashed.
What About Lock Grades?
Locks are not a daily purchase. Most people buy them because they’ve purchased new homes or because they have home renovations going on. Locks are also bought after home break-ins. A lot of people think about the appearance of locks, rather than their function. This is a mistake. It’s vital to consider function. A lock must be of excellent quality.
Lock quality is determined by lock grade. After you select your preferred type of lock (and desired lock grade), you’ll probably select the same type of lock for a range of areas of your home. The exterior doors may or may not require different types of locks/lock grades.
Locks are graded from 1 to 3. A typical deadbolt for a residential door will have a grade of 1, 2 or 3. Grade 1 is the best grade in terms of security. Grade 2 is the second best and Grade 3 is the third best. That’s simple to understand, right?
We recommend deadbolts with one-inch “throws”. Door locks should be tough enough to handle an array of daily wear and tear.
Let Us Install Your New Door Locks
At Newgen Locksmith, we’re door lock and deadbolt experts. If you want guidance about which door locks/deadbolts to buy, as well as professional installation after you buy, we’re the right people to talk to.
We provide our customers with a wide assortment of deadbolt, handle set and doorknob options. We offer styles with a variety of finishes and lock grades. Also, we’re pleased to offer smart keypad lock systems which are very secure, while also offering the ultimate in ultra-modern convenience.
To connect with us, call today or request a quote via the convenient online form at our website. We look forward to helping you beef up home security with the most dependable, affordable and secure door locks and deadbolts.