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Category : Door Hardware
Date : 05/10/2016

Home security starts at your front door with your lock and deadbolt. With option after option on the market how do you cut through the clutter and choose the lock that best suits your needs?

Locks aren’t a purchase you make every day. There are a few main reasons you purchase home door locks: during new home construction or existing home renovation, and after a break-in. While most people consider style before function, it’s important to take the opposite approach.

Your lock is only as good as its quality, and there are a number of sub-standard locks on the market First and foremost, for what room are you looking for a lock? There are two main functional categories: privacy, and entry/exit. Defining the primary function is the first step in choosing a lock.

Function will help determine the level of security and endurance your lock will need to uphold. For example, a hallway or interior door typically doesn’t need locking at a higher level of security than your front door. If it’s a high traffic area (such as a bathroom) you’ll want security, therefore a higher grade of lock is more appropriate than say a passage door.

When selecting a lock for your home it is not a case of simply choosing one that ‘looks right’ off the shelf. You need to take into account a number of variables such as what type of door / window you have, the level of key security you require, the quality of the frame in which you are fitting it, your insurance requirements and your desired security level, meaning that there is never one lock to suit all needs.

For a higher security, it is recommended that installation of a registered or restricted keying system into a home is a way of boosting security; registered key system carries legal protection, preventing copies of keys being made without providing proof of ownership, while restricted keys are unlikely to be copied due to their unusual design and unique mechanical features.

Registered or restricted keys help ensure that extra keys can’t be made without your knowledge and the instillation of such system means that previous owners or tenants should not still have access to your home.

In some instances, if registered keys are stolen or go missing, the existing key can be deleted from a locksmith’s key code database, the lock re-configured and new keys issued, ensuring that a lost or stolen key no longer works on the lock, security levels remain high and the need to install replacement locks is removed.

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