Choosing the next lock you need to install is tricky. After all, you want to be sure that this new lock is more secure than the one before it. But whether you are securing your home, business, or residential property, different locks have different uses. Here is the lowdown on which lock you should consider using.
The doorknob is a humble part of most doors in both homes and businesses. Whether you’re opening a linen closet or going to the bathroom, you’ll probably see a doorknob. Doorknob locks provide a modicum of privacy and are standard locks, but since they don’t offer much protection, they’re best for interior doors.
Lever locks tend to pop up more often in commercial settings such as businesses and even in government buildings and schools. The lock is embedded into the handle, and although this helps hide where the mechanism is, savvy intruders can quickly determine how to bypass the lock using enough leverage or physical force. That’s why deadbolts are often built into entry doors to help protect everything behind the door.
Deadbolts can be placed on both interior doors and exterior doors. They’re often paired with doorknob locks to make the door even more secure. This pairing relies on the single cylinder construction, where each lock has a key that fits it, whether or not that key is unique. In many residential properties, keys are often purchased as mass produced batches, which means that at some point, the blade of the key will work for more than one set of doors.
Certain locations require combination locks. You probably remember padlocks that needed a simple code to unlock and open your locker when you were in school. These types of locks are far more common in places with small storage spaces, such as gyms and storage units. For this type of lock, you won’t have to worry about losing a physical key, as long as you remember the access code that you need.
Integrated Access Systems
Another type of lock that requires a code is an integrated access system. Instead of traditional keys, you will have to swipe an access card or enter a pin number. These help secure safes and high-security vaults in banks, but you can also use them in other businesses. Many apartment complexes and college dormitories also use integrated access systems to prevent intruders from entering, but guests can still get through when they visit by asking an authorized entrant to accompany them.
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