Let’s say that your front door has seen better days. Maybe it was damaged by a freak accident or the latest round of storms took its toll. In any case, if you need to replace your front door lock, then there are some factors that will influence the decision to choose a brand new one. Let’s find out what some of those decision points are.
The Bare Necessities
First of all, consider the necessary elements of what lock you need for your front door. Make sure that there is one deadbolt. Even if you are relying on more high-tech solutions, still having at least one single-cylinder lock is still a good idea. The deadbolt is what makes the front door secure, and pairing it with a door handle lock improves the situation, but don’t only depend on the door handle lock since those are much easier to break through when someone is trying to force it open. Finally, make sure that the front door locks are for exterior use – any doorknobs or locks for interior use won’t cut it.
Also, consider the level of security you need your front door locks to provide. Contact the friendly locksmiths at Village Lock and Key for a security assessment, and you can find out how secure you need your front door to be, along with any other exterior doors that facilitate access in and out of your home. Then make sure that your lock can withstand two of the most common break-in methods: picking and bumping.
Once all of that has been determined, the next step is to figure out how often the front door lock will be used on a daily basis. Start by thinking about how many people live in your home. Even in these times of quarantine and social distancing, you or someone in your household will need to leave and lock the door behind them. What happens when they lose their keys or forget them on the kitchen table before leaving the house? Answer that question now and you won’t have regrets later. Mortise locks and smart locks might be a better investment for your front door.
Quality of the Lock
Don’t overlook how well-made the lock is. Remember that you get what you pay for, and settling for low-price locks may also mean that you get low-quality ones. Instead of going to the hardware store, talk to professional locksmiths that can give you advice on which brands to choose and provide you with lock-and-key services that you might need to go along with those suggestions.
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