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What are the best locks to fit in your home?

19 Jul Posted in Family

Safety is a matter that really concerns you when thinking about your home? Well, there is a solution for that. Choosing the best locks for your doors can grant you that relaxed state of mind when you sleep at night that no one ever will enter your house without you knowing. Yes, it might be tricky to correctly choose the best option for you, but with a few tips and tricks and some pieces of advice you will be safe and sound to the rest of your life. Here’s a list with some features you’ll want to consider before buying locks for your house:

Knobs

Before making any decision you need to measure the bore hole for your door. Knowing that exact measurement for a right fitment of your future doorknob will make it remain fixed and not moving around each time you place the key inside. Choosing the appropriate lockset depends on the category that suits your door the best: either mortise or cylindrical. For residential spaces cylindrical locksets are recommended. Of course, you can try looking for electronic door knobs which can work both with keypads or key openings. Privacy knobs are used in order to prevent any outside access and they are suitable for bathrooms or bedrooms.

Deadbolts

A dead lock is used for a safer entrance to your house. This kind of lock can’t be set back to its open position excepting the variant where you rotate the lock cylinder with a unique key. There is single cylinder or double cylinder deadlock type each with their own characteristics: a single cylinder can be operated with a twist knob on the other side of the door, while double cylinder deadlocks no not have or required any twist knob. Double cylinder can be considered safer due to the fact they cannot be opened without a key neither on the outside or the inside. Most deadbolts have a safety button you can push in order to make it impossible from them to unlock only with the twisting knob.   

Lock grading

There are lock security standards that you might want to check before deciding anything else. These standards are called ANSI and they are separated into 3 main grades:

  • Grade 1 – the highest level, it is usually reserved for commercial security cases because of its characteristics; of course, for a higher level of safety you can opt out for such lock
  • Grade 2 – not as safe as Grade 1, but still safe enough to do their job properly, Grade 2 lock are the most commonly used for houses and apartment buildings; not recommended for business fields due to their cycles and strikes value
  • Grade 3 – lowest grade of lock security, although they are still qualitative enough to ensure your home; not recommended using them on the very entrance of the house but simply between indoors rooms; secondary entry points will surely be protected with Grade 3 locks and they shouldn’t be avoided on this matter