Your home means the world to you and you will always choose the best possible option to secure it. Experts say deadbolt locks rank highly on security, but before you decide to install them in your home, get the facts.
How do Deadbolts Differ from Spring Latch Locks?
Intruders can overpower spring latch locks with a credit card, knife, or a key. However, deadbolt locks are not spring loaded. They can only be opened by turning the bolt in the lock, offering better security.
What Types of Deadbolt Locks Are Available?
Single cylinder deadbolts require a key to open them from the outside, and can be locked and unlocked from the inside with the twist of a knob.
Double cylinder deadbolts require keys to open the door from the inside or outside. A double deadbolt can hinder escape in the event of a fire or other emergency if you cannot find the interior key.
Keyless cylinder deadbolts are the easiest to use. They can open with a fingerprint scan or password and can close with a button or knob.
Which Deadbolt is Most Secure?
Security experts agree that a Grade 1 deadbolt with a 1″ bolt and 3″ reinforcing screws is the best lock for home security. It is recommended that you install deadbolts on all entry doors —the front, rear and side entrances and all walk-in doors leading to your garage.
How Much Does a Deadbolt Cost?
Deadbolt locks provide the best security to your home. You can expect to spend about $30 to $50 for one.
Which Brand of Deadbolt Should I Buy?
You can buy a deadbolt lock from Schlage, Kwikset, or Yale Security. You could consult with your local locksmith to get an expert opinion on which brand would suit your needs and budget best.
What are the Benefits of Deadbolts?
Deadbolts provide excellent security due to their unique locking mechanism. Burglars cannot break into your home by opening them with knives and keys. Also, deadbolts take longer to break and discourage potential thieves. The longer it takes, the less likely would be thieves will linger.
What is the Downfalls of a Deadbolt?
Though highly secure, deadbolts can give in to lock bumping. Double cylinder deadbolts have a severe limitation. If you cannot find the interior key in the case of emergencies like fire, you can risk your life. Keyless deadbolts are not foolproof.
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