The main purpose for which locks are made is to provide security to you, your loved ones and valuables. Each lock is different from one another; it may be in terms of its design, mechanism or size. It is always recommended to rekey locks if you are shifting to new place or have faced attempt of robbery.
There are many types of locks that can serve you the best security. Out of the wide range of locks some are enlisted below.
Entry – lockset
This type of lockset can be locked from both inside and outside. Some of the locks need to be locked from both side. These types of locks can be installed on medium security entrance door lock. These type of locks lock from the inside by turning or depressing a small button, while a key must unlock the outside knob. Quality feature in these locks is the dead latch.
Majority of homes have deadbolts lock. It provides maximum door security. Deadbolt doesn´t have spring in it, it just opens and closes with the keys and thumb pressure. The bolt locks the door to the frame and helps prevent someone from prying the door open. There are two types of deadbolt locks: single-cylinder and double-cylinder deadbolt locks.
These locks are usually used on the door of commercial buildings or apartments. Mortise locks are screwed into mortise hardware in the middle of the door. You must ensure that your door is strong enough to support such types of locks. You should hire a professional locksmith who can give you the complete estimation about it.
Padlocks are portable locks that are not permanently attached with anything. Padlocks are available in many sizes and in different shapes that defend against theft. There are rekeyable and non-rekeyable padlocks. They offer average amount of security and are used in everyday situation.
These type of locks are usually used in residential setting for exterior doors as an addition with deadbolts. The problems with these type of locks is that lock cylinders are installed in the knob instead of the door which is not secure. If you currently have knob locks, consider replacing them with simple passage knobs as it provides almost as much security as long as you are using deadbolts on the same doors.
Before replacing or having new locks, ensure that you have doors of high quality material which are strong enough to handle these locks.