What Are the Different Lock Grades?

What Are the Different Lock Grades?

All locks are not created equal. That’s part of why it’s so important to understand what the different lock grades are.

All locks are not created equal. That’s part of why it’s so important to understand what the different lock grades are. This term may be unfamiliar to you unless you are already in the locksmith business in some capacity. Join us as we find out more

Measuring Lock Quality 

Let’s begin with a discussion of lock quality and how it relates to the different lock grades. There are five categories that help determine the quality of the lock in question. These categories are cycle count, functional strength, security, dimension, and finish requirements. You might be wondering what the cycle count is supposed to be. Well, in simplest terms, it is the number of uses that the lock hardware has before it breaks and needs to be replaced


The BHMA is the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association. It’s an organization recognized around the country for its leadership in terms of testing locks to ensure their quality. In short, they make sure that builders’ hardware is both high-quality and performs as expected. They’ve collaborated with ANSI (American National Standards Institute) to come up with a system of lock grading. When you need to find the right lock hardware for your needs, you should consider the different lock grades and what they mean. Grade 1 is heavy-duty commercial, grade 2 is light-duty commercial, and grade 3 is residential. Choosing the correct grade of lock is essential and not something to be ignored or overlooked. Even if you aren’t sure what type of lock you need, you shouldn’t hesitate to ask a locksmith you know you can trust, such as the team here at Village Lock and Key! 

Finding the Right Lock

The different lock grades meet a variety of needs. You always want to be sure you are as secure as possible, but that means something different depending on whether you are a homeowner or run a business. Despite what you may think, the grades are in reverse order with respect to how secure they are. That’s why grade 3 isn’t as secure as grade 1. Grade 3 locks are the ones you can find easily at the hardware store and are relatively cheap to boot. If you want to make sure your home is more secure, then attaching grade 2 locks to all exterior doors is the way to go. Grade 3 locks are going to work just fine for interior doors that don’t need much security, such as doors to closets, bathrooms, laundry rooms, pantries, and mudrooms.  

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