Replacing door hardware is an essential task that many homeowners tend to overlook. But adding deadbolts or getting more than one can be more helpful than you might expect. At the same time, you will need to get help from a certified locksmith to put on the new locks. That way, you can avoid making mistakes that could leave your home more vulnerable than it was before. Here is a look at the benefits of using deadbolts to protect your home.
What You Need to Know
The standard type of doorknob is easy to break, and that means the security they offer isn’t sufficient. Deadbolts contain cylinders, which are much more difficult to bypass. The cylinder relies on keys and knobs, but the cylinder makes it almost impossible for a burglar to force their way in with a lockpicking tool. The cylinder is also the component that accepts the key. The bolt component slides in and out of the door jamb that the lock is attached to, and then there’s the knob twist. This is part of the hardware setup that allows you to open, close, lock, and unlock the door while you are behind it.
How to Know You Have Good Deadbolts
Like many other types of locking mechanisms, not all deadbolts are created equal. So you shouldn’t feel silly for wondering if the deadbolts you are already have installed are worth it. All locks should be of the highest quality and meet the regulations set forth by the American National Standards Institute, or ANSI.
Metal deadbolts are the hardest to break through, so look for ones that are fabricated from brass, steel, and bronze. Next, verify the thickness of the bolt. It needs to have a standard diameter. Take a closer look at the collar or cylinder ring. It can be hard to tell which is which, so instead of trusting everyday items from the hardware store, it might be worth your while to have a conversation with a locksmith you can trust. They can identify which locks suit your needs the best. The collar is a circular ring of metal around the lock that helps guard against wrenching and other intrusion techniques. Finally, take a closer look at the fasteners. The fasteners should not compromise the integrity of the deadbolts.
Finally, let’s examine the different types of deadbolts. There are single-cylinder, double-cylinder, and keyless deadbolts. The keyless systems require a passcode, and then you won’t have to worry about losing a physical key. Plus the code can be changed whenever you want.
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