When you move into your new house, how often do you think about the type of key that you use on your front door? The chances are you’ve probably never thought about it in great detail.
It is easy to assume that all house keys are virtually the same, and that they all offer the same level of protection against tampering and break ins. This is not the case and it is important for you to know there are different types of locks out there for your home. There are distinctive features of each type of lock, and each one works slightly differently. By reading this guide, you may find that your door lock isn’t as secure as you first thought.
Pin Tumbler Lock Key
This type of key and lock is usually found in residential properties. It has a series of grooves on one side of the key blade, and as the key slides into the lock, the grooves of the blade align with the wards which gives or denies access to the cylinder. The pointed teeth of the blade then move pins up and down until they have aligned with the shear line of the cylinder. The key is then free to rotate and unlocks the door.
Double or Four-sided Key
These types of key can also be used in homes and give a much better layer of security than standard one sided keys. By having two or four sets of teeth on them, they give the key an extra dimension and this results in a much more durable key. The extra sets of teeth make this type of lock much harder to pick. Choosing this type of key for your front door will increase security and give you more peace of mind against break ins.
Abloy keys are cut from a metal half-cylinder and are used on disc tumbler locks. Their cuts are made at different angles. This means when the key is turned in the lock, it rotates each disc a different number of times. Abloy locks are considered to be incredibly secure and almost impossible to pick.
A dimple key has a rectangular blade, but instead of having teeth on the edge of the blade, it has various cone shaped dimples drilled into the face at various depths. This type of key and lock typically has 2 rows of pins that match up with 2 rows of dimples. They also usually have the same dimple pattern on the back of the blade, making it symmetrical so it works no matter which way it is inserted.
This is a far less common type of key and this means that a burglar will likely become confused when trying to pick it as most doors have a tumbler system. This is another high security lock to use in homes and on business premises.
Instead of involving a keycard, a magnetic keyed lock is one where the key utilizes magnets as part of the locking and unlocking mechanism. Instead of using teeth and grooves on the blade of the key, a magnetic key will have a various number of small magnets oriented so that the North / South Poles would equate to a combination. Then the magnets would push or pull the lock’s internal tumblers releasing the lock.
This type of door lock is a totally passive system requiring no electricity or electronics to activate or deactivate the mechanism. Using several magnets at differing polarity and orientation, and different strengths, can allow thousands of different combinations per key. This uniqueness makes magnet locks extremely secure and likely to deter any potential burglar.
As you can see, there are many different types of lock you can use for your house or business: you don’t just have to settle for what everyone else has. When you consider that a burglary occurs in America every 13 seconds, you will quickly realize that anything you can do to increase your home’s security is desirable. To get the best possible locks for your house, contact a Myrtle Beach locksmith to discuss all available options.
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