Door locks are just door locks to us. We put the key, open the door, close the door, lock the door. End of story. We have other things to think about and certainly, our thoughts don’t involve door locks. At least, not until we decide to change them. Or have to change them. And then again, door locks aren’t – or shouldn’t be, off-the-shelf products.
What should you do? Pause a minute and check out the things you must consider before you invest in door locks. It’d be a good start.
The application: where will you install the door locks?
Are you planning a home deadbolt installation? Want a lock for the office? Is this a low- or high-risk door?
Such things just about cover the application bit. And they are extremely important. Having a lock installed at the bedroom door is completely different from having a lock installed at the front door. Indoors most people care about their privacy and so, a simple latch often suffices, unless you need to keep the children away from a certain room. Unless this is an office area and want to keep a room out of reach.
And there’s further distinction between locks. Take high security door locks, for example. These are used at high-risk entry points – front, back, and side doors, all main entrances. But there’s more than one style. There are standard and digital deadbolts. Electric doors with a keypad or touchscreen. Locks that work with cards. Smart locks. You name it. And so, there’s never one size fits all with door locks.
The door lock ratings
While you might not care much about a handleset at the bedroom, the grade of a high-risk door lock is of the utmost importance. When it comes to choosing high-security locks, you need to be sure it is tested and approved by ANSI/BHMA. And then again, not all ratings are the same. Grade 1 door locks are far more resistant than grade 3 locks and so, it depends on how high-risk the entry point is.
The door lock features
There are differences even between keypads, locksets, smart locks…You need to be sure you get a lock with the right features for your needs. Although all certified locks are tested for their resistance to all force entry methods, you may particularly want a lock with anti-drill or anti-bump features. And then not all locks have the same size. But if you opting for a lock replacement, you want a product that will cover the hole on the door, or there’ll be a gap.
When it come to internal doors particularly (since they are used more often), you need to be sure the lock has the right handle for you. This depends on the people they use such doors (elderly, children, disabled). And so, some find levers more convenient than knob locks and vice versa.
The door – its quality, dimension, direction
When security is the objective, the quality of the door is nearly as important as the quality of the lock. And so, before you spend money on a new deadbolt, consider the quality of the door. Is it solid or hollow? Is it old or new? Is it old but in good shape or rather broken? And if you need to replace the door too, make sure you get the right dimension, the door is hinged on the right- or the left-hand side, and the lock is installed accordingly.
Some people prefer to use one single key to operate all door locks. Some prefer the traditional method of having one key for each door. Whether this is an office or home, it’s also a thing to think about before you invest in your new door locks.