3 Reasons Why You Should Use a Deadbolt Lock

3 Reasons Why You Should Use a Deadbolt Lock

What type of lock so you have installed on your doors? Did you know that the type of lock you have installed on your door can boost your home security? Although installing alarm systems, hiring a security agency, and getting guard dogs are some of the ways you can improve home security, locksmiths argue that a deadbolt lock is the first line of defense you should add to your home. It is important to understand that some locks are more secure than others. Therefore, you should thoroughly research when installing or replacing a home or office lock. Here are some reasons why you should use a deadbolt:

3 Reasons Why You Should Use a Deadbolt Lock

1. Superior Protection

According to FBI statistics, about 60% of break-ins in the United States are done by force. Therefore, burglars can break into your home and steal valuables even if you have a lock. The first step to avoid this is to install the right lock (preferably a deadbolt). Unlike a spring lock which is smaller in size and operates through the action of a spring, a deadbolt is larger in size, and it’s moved by turning a knob or key.

These additional features make deadbolt locks more secure and reliable. However, your deadbolt lock should be installed properly to guarantee safety. For instance, the steel bolt should be extended into the socket of the doorjamb. Secondly, you should use a metal strike plate to reinforce the socket or lock hole to ensure the door is burglary free. Finally, you should use 3 inches screws to secure the strike plate into the studs of your door frame. It is advisable to hire an experienced locksmith to either replace or install your lock if you don’t have the skills, experience, and equipment needed for the job.

3 Reasons Why You Should Use a Deadbolt Lock

2. Variety of Options

There are different types of deadbolt locks to choose from. The most common types are single-cylinder and double-cylinder deadbolts. These two types both have their pros and cons which means you need to do some thorough research before you make up your mind.

A single cylinder deadbolt usually has a twist knob on the inside that is used to open and close the door while a key is used on the outside of the door. On the other hand, a double cylinder deadbolt just requires a dedicated key to open or close – both from inside and outside of the door. The two types of deadbolts offer guaranteed security although the double cylinder type is more secure because no one can access your room/home/office without your key. However, in case of an emergency (e.g., a fire), it can be very risky because you will have to use the dedicated key to unlock the door. Double cylinder locks are usually recommended for doors with glass or windows because they can be broken into easily.

Keyless cylinder deadbolt locks are the third type of deadbolt lock. This type of deadlock does not require a key to close or open the door, instead, the lock can be opened using a password or a fingerprint scan. However, you can close using a knob or a button. With three options available, you can choose the most suitable lock to install on your home or office door. In case you don’t know how to go about it, seek professional advice to avoid making a mistake.

3 Reasons Why You Should Use a Deadbolt Lock

3. Deadbolts Are Tested and Approved

Deadbolt locks are tested and approved by ANSI Grade 1 and UL 437 tests. For deadbolt locks to pass ANSI (American National Standard Institute) Grade 1 as a commercial grade product, it has attained the minimum requirements which include:

  • The lock can withstand 10 hammer hits without failure
  • The lock is tested to 250,000 open/close cycles to determine its reliability
  • The bolt projecting of the lock is 1 inch into the doorframe

On the other hand, UL 437 tests involve a series of tests to ensure the lock can withstand a wide range of attacks among them prying, picking, drilling, etc.

If you have recently moved into a new home, you have lost your lock keys, or you need to improve your home security, a deadbolt lock is an ideal choice. Hire a reputable locksmith who is licensed to offer high-quality services rather than DIY. Finally, if you would like to further improve your home security, adding security systems is highly recommended.

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