The type of lock that you choose to put on your security door is ultimately what seals the deal for your sense of safety. Burglaries occur in the United States every 26 seconds according to the FBI, so an adequate lock that secures your iron door is essential. There are several different options available to consumers today that will help reinforce feeling safe in your home and that your house is protected while you're away.
Door knob locks
The most common type of lock used on doors and most easily broken into is a knob lock. The locking cylinder is inside the knob itself, making it the least effective means in which to secure what's on the other side of the door. All it takes is the smash of a hammer onto the knob and it's rendered useless. Most times these types of locks are used on doors inside the house for privacy purposes more than for security.
Deadbolt locks get their name because they are considered “immovable” without a key and offer the best protection against break-ins. They do not contain springs and cannot be opened with a tool such as a hammer or knife. Deadbolt locks come in either single or double cylinder. Single cylinder deadbolts are keyed on one side and have a lever, or thumb turn on the opposite side. This is the type of lock most frequently used on your home's main door. Double cylinder deadbolts are keyed on both sides without the thumb turn lever.
Keypad Deadbolts utilize the same internal locking mechanism of the single or double cylinder
deadbolts, but they have a numerical code that can be entered that unlocks them. These locks can have a lever beneath them that twists to open the door once the lock is disengaged or a regular doorknob as well.
Digital locks are fancy, expensive and look attractive, however it's important to note that any digital keyless lock has the capability to be manipulated, making a breech of security a greater risk. If your digital lock works via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or unlocks with a fingerprint sensor, you will need your back up key to unlock your door in the event of a power outage. Ultimately, personal preference determines the type of lock that goes on your security door. We offer
a single cylinder deadbolt and knob, free of charge with every security door purchased from our