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Basic Locks Overview

Security is one of the most important topics we face today. Whether you are a business owner, a home owner, or both it is important to take the time to find out how you can best protect your assets with door locks. Reviewing the types of door locks below will help you come one step closer to making the right decision for you and your situation. Below you will find information and tips on some of the most common locks currently available.

First, it is important to understand that much of the decision regarding the level of security in a lock will depend on the construction in which it is being placed. Of course, it should be recognized that, as with anything else, more is always better.

The most basic type of lock offered on the market today is the type that contains only a key for the handle or knob. This type of lockset provides the minimal amount of security. As such, this type of lock can be easily breached by a burglar. If you are in the market for more security, it will be necessary to install a deadbolt. At a minimum, the deadbolt should extend at least 1” beyond the edge of the door. Ideally, the deadbolt should be constructed of case-hardened steel.

Exterior entry locksets contain a body that is large and rectangular. This body slides into a cavity that is carved into the edge of the door.

With a mortise lockset, all of the workings for the knob, latch and deadbolt are contained in one unit.

A cylinder lockset features a rounded body that is designed to fit inside holes that are drilled into the door. The deadbolt bar, provides the most security, sliding into an opening in the doorjamb.

A basic padlock; which is commonly used on gates, contains a lock that is operated by key and built around a steel loop. The loop then clicks onto the body of the lock.

Rim locks, which are also known as surface deadbolts, are separate from the doorknob. It is installed inside the door and then fits inside a sleeve that is attached on the inside of the door frame.

A deadbolt with a double-cylinder requires the use of a key from both the inside and the outside of the door. For doors that feature windows, this is the safest option. If one wishes to provide even more security, a lever grip handle or knob should be used with the deadbolt.

Be aware that any home or building will shift and settle with time and with changes in temperature. Unfortunately, this can have a major impact on the performance deadbolt locks and latches. Specifically, problems arise when the deadbolt or latch is unable to line up with the hole on the door frame. If you have noticed problems with this, it may be necessary to have a locksmith come out and re-fit the lock.

It is also important to understand that locks manufactured prior to the 1960’s may have unique qualities which require the expertise of an experienced locksmith to reset. If you are not sure which type of lock would be best for your home or office, contact a local locksmith for a consultation regarding which locks would be most effective in your particular environment and situation.

Taking the time to educate yourself about the many different types of locks on the market is a great way to find out the best way to protect your home and office. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Take the necessary steps to protect your family and your assets today.

 
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