Securing Your Home With Quality Door Locks – Checklist and Guide

There are many different locks on the market today. We are getting blasted with foreign junk locks and locking systems. Beware, these can lead you to more trouble than it is worth. I suggest either a Medeco or a Mul T Lock deadbolt on all exterrior doors. There are many different locking types. some good and some will malfunction and lock you out. Many people do not realize that the locks on their home or business is more important than they think. If you think about it, your life depends on it.

Camera systems are all good, just like alarm systems. But please listen to this. “Your first line of defense is your deadbolt lock”. You do not need a alarm to tell you that you have been robbed. And a video of it happening is good if it shows the face of who. Other than that they are just reminders of you should have gotten a better door lock. People will invest more money on a pair of tennis shoes rather than a High security deadbolt lock. They always say” I do not have nothing to steal”. Well if they think about it, What about their life, is it important?

Checklist for your front door locks

  • The first thing on any property, either residential or commercial must be checked.
  • All exterior doors must have a deadbolt lock. If you do not have a deadbolt with a bolt that is 1″ long, get one.
  • Check the frame that the bolt goes into. The frame should be solid and withstand a sharp kick. If it looks weak, you need to have it reinforced. Any door that has glass in it or next to it should have a double cylinder deadbolt. This is a lock with a key on both sides.
  • This way if someone breaks the glass, they can not reach in and unlock the door. Keep in mind fire safety when having double cylinder locks on all of your exit doors. Have a plan!!
  • Any sliding glass door must have a secondary lock installed. The standard lock is weak and can be manipulated easily.
  • Check window locks. Make sure all window locks are tight and can not be preyed open. If it looks weak, have a secondary window lock installed.
  • A peephole is a great tool, please use them. Do not open the door to strangers. Do not trust chain locks and fold over secondary door locks. When your deadbolt is unlocked, they can just kick the door open, these locks will not hold up.

Types of door locks

There are many types of door locks available in the market today. They are designed for different purpose and should be used accordingly. If you are looking for the best deadbolt locks for front doors, then you should go Medeco or Baldwin as they manufacture the best locks that are quiet difficult to pick.

Padlocks
Padlocks are the only type of lock that is typically not permanently attached to anything else. Padlocks come in a range of sizes, are free standing and portable, and are one of the most easily recognizable types of lock. A portable or detachable lock with a pivoted or sliding shackle that can be passed through a link, ring, staple, or the like. Padlocks come in two main varieties: combination and keyed. Combination locks have one or more number dials that open the lock when the correct combination is entered.

Mortise locks
This is the standard deadlock, which offers moderate protection to the main doors in your home. It’s lockable from either side and is sometimes used with a nightlatch for added security. Mortice deadlocks are one of the most common type of locks referred to in a policy. A mortice lock requires a key to both lock and open it.

Keyless locks
For convenience, remote-control locks can’t be beat. They work in a way similar to a remote lock on your car, with the code changing automatically after each entry. This ensures your safety and gives you the peace of mind that other controls will not be used to enter your home.

Knob locks
One of the most common type of door locks, knob locks are used on all kinds of doors; front door, bedroom door, garage doors or rear patio doors. These locks have knobs on both sides One side has a lock and the other side has a key hole to unlock the door.

Deadbolt locks
The deadbolt lock has a bolt that must be activated by a key or thumb turn. Quality deadbolt locks are an important safety feature on your home to prevent break-ins and keep your home secure. Schlage mechanical deadbolts are made with durability in mind. Deadbolts are thicker and heavier than spring latches, and they are not rounded or angled at the end. It offers good security because it is not spring activated and cannot be “jimmied” opened with a knife blade or credit card.

There are many different styles and models of deadbolt locks, but most are either single or double cylinder locks. Combine our wide range of unique finish and style options with our easy one-tool installation and you can give your door a stylish makeover in minutes. They are normally comprised of steel, bronze or brass, and they extend deeper into the door frame–typically about one inch–than spring latches. For this reason it is best to install deadbolt locks on solid wood, steel or fiberglass doors. You can engage a deadbolt using a key or a turn knob, or by way of an automated motor such as with a keyless device.

Bio-metric locks
Using one-of-a-kind data collected from physical or behavioral characteristics, a biometric lock allows only very particular users through any given point of entry. A biometric lock uses an optical or thermal scanner to read and memorize your fingerprint (and the fingerprints of other authorized users who you decide should have access to your home).

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