With a wide range of locks available in the market, it is easy for the average homeowner to be confused with which kind and brand will provide the best protection for his family. Unfortunately, this question cannot be immediately answered simply because the level of protection each security device gives wholly depends on which doors of your home you plan to install them.
This is probably where half of your security is concentrated. Front doors can be protected in a number of different ways. Depending on your preference and budget, you can either choose a mechanical or an electronic lock to ensure your home’s safety.
Most residential homeowners are satisfied with the use of either an entry lockset or a deadbolt lock on the entryway. An entry lockset is mainly composed of two doorknobs, which can both be locked from either side of the house. This security device gives your front door a medium-level of security.
Deadbolt locks, on the other hand, provide a higher form of security since the bolts prevent a door from being pried open by burglars. A deadbolt lock can either be a single cylinder (for wooden and metal doors) or a double cylinder (for glass doors).
For the tech savvy, smart locks are preferred since this eliminates the need for physical keys plus reduces the chance of being helplessly and accidentally locked out of your house.
Passage locksets are the most commonly installed locks within homes, though these are designed to be installed on rooms where privacy is not that important. This means it is ideal for hallways and closets, but not for the master bedroom.
The sleeping quarters of a home can make use of privacy locksets instead, since the locking mechanism for this can only be found inside with no keyhole entry on the outside knob. However, this lock is never made for security and can easily be opened by inserting a narrow object through the small gap and activating its depressing mechanism.
Bedroom and Office doors
If you like to have both privacy and security within the confines of your own home, then a mortise lock might just do the trick. It is a flat, rectangular box-like lock that operates via pin tumbler mechanism which activates both latch and deadbolt. Only a key from the outside can activate the locking mechanisms so you have to be very careful not to get accidentally locked in.
If you need more help choosing appropriate door locks for your home, don’t hesitate to consult a professional locksmith.
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