With so many types of locks to install in your home or business, you have many things to consider. It can be difficult to cut through the mass of available information. Before you schedule an appointment with a locksmith, here’s some advice to help choose the right lock for you.
Know What Types of Locks Are Available
Featuring a keyhole and tumbler mechanism, cylinder locks are a common choice for both residential and commercial use. Exterior residential doors use knob locks with a deadbolt as a secondary lock. An older and still popular choice, mortise locks have a unique modular construction that includes many different parts. Because they embed them in the door, they provide exceptional strength and security. Additional options include:
- Level-handle locks
- Rim cylinder and mortise cylinder locks
- High-security magnet locks
- Cam locks
- Rim latch locks
- Jimmy-resistant deadbolts
- Panic bars
Is your main use for a lock in a particular room going to be privacy, passage, or entry? Defining what a lock’s primary function will be can help you narrow down your selection. For instance, interior doors usually only need basic locks. Security is more likely to be a concern for exterior doors. Durable locks may be preferred in high-traffic areas like front door entrances, bathrooms and main entrances to businesses.
You want a lock that’s going to keep doing its job for a long time. A lock’s grade determines its endurance, which ranges from 1 to 3. Heavy-duty grade 1 locks for commercial doors offer the highest level of security. Cylinder locks and residential knobs and levers are often grade 1 or 2, although some may include enough security features to be grade 1 locks. Locks within the 1-to-2-grade range are usually able to stand up to routine wear and use.
After you consider function and endurance of types of locks, factor aesthetics into the equation. All grades of locks come in various colors and styles, so you should be able to find a design that complements your interior or exterior features no matter what type of lock you choose. Keep in mind that accessories such as doorknobs and lock plates come in different colors and designs that can also add a touch of style to your home or business.
Once you narrow down your preference, a local company like Artie’s Locksmith can provide an estimate and install your new locks quickly. With proper care and maintenance, many of the locks for residential and commercial spaces can last for years. It’s just as important to be mindful of who gets keys to your new locks to maintain your safety and peace of mind.