Door Locks Types
When basking in the euphoria of your almost completed commercial or residential building, one area that deserves keen consideration is the utmost security of your life and properties. Making the right choice of the type of lock to use in your building can be one hell of a task to think through. In most situations, many people end up using the wrong lock type, and where such mistakes happen, regret becomes inevitable – sure you’ll agree with that!
So, to help you in your quest for what is the best and right for every part of your building, we are here to clear your doubt about your choice of locks for your home and commercial buildings. Without further ado, let’s take a deep dive into the must-know locks levers, knob lock, deadbolts, and padlocks which may be just the perfect fit for every part of your building.
Firstly, it should be noted that the knob lock should not be relied upon as the sole source of security lock. The reason is that the lock cylinder is built inside the knob instead of the door. Consequently, the knob locks are more accessible to break in. With a plier, hammers, or another wrenching device, your apartment may be burgled. To avoid such scenarios, knob locks are mostly installed alongside deadbolts to enhance security. You may also need to consider knob setup when considering purchasing a knob lock to ensure proper backset and handedness of the lock. Need more guide about this fact? Contact us as we are always ready to help you out.
Deadbolts are usually fitted on the external surface of doors, and they come in a few more varieties such as lockable thumb-turn, single deadbolts, and double deadbolts.
Single Cylinder Deadbolt Lock:
Being the most common type of deadbolts locks, the single-cylinder deadbolts use a key cylinder on the exterior and a thumb-turn on the inside to either open or close the bolt.
A primary weakness you must know about the single cylinder deadbolts is the fact that any access into the building (either through a window or peephole) is enough to open the door using the thumb-turn inside. See, this is a point you have to note about your choice of where to fix the single-cylinder deadbolts lock.
Double Cylinder Deadbolt Lock:
While there is a need to curb such weakness with the single cylinder deadbolt, the double cylinder deadbolt comes with the answer The double cylinder deadbolts employ two key cylinders each for inside and outside the door to fix the weakness of the single cylinder deadbolts. When choosing the double cylinder deadbolts, be ready to have your keys as your regular companion because the double cylinder deadbolts lock requires its key to open it from the inside when locked.
Although this has been seen as a dominant constraint with the double cylinder deadbolt since it might pose a significant problem in emergencies such as fire outbreaks. So, to handle this effectively, you should make sure that the keys are always inside the lock when you have people inside the house.
Lockable Thumbturn Deadbolt Lock:
This type of deadbolts lock has a thumb turn on the inside, and this function is like the single cylinder deadbolts do except for the fact the thumb turn requires a key to lock or unlock the door.
One applaudable feature about the lockable thumb turn deadbolt lock is its ability to resist the passage of an intruder (possibly through the window) into other parts of the building. Looks twisted? Just put it this way, the lockable thumb-turn deadbolt lock cannot be opened from inside without the key – unlike the single cylinder variant.
Lever Handle Locks
Lever handle locks are best designed for inner doors in the building since they are easier to open due to a massive push-down handle. Also, used when the accessibility of disabled individuals is of concern, level handle locks are the best choice for doors. Again, lever handle locks can easily be changed between right and left-handedness.
However, nothing is perfect – even humans. The lever handle lock on its part has a few weaknesses, particularly on the handle. This comes to play since excessive pressure is enough to make the clutch turn instead of opening the lock.
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