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Types of Locks We Service

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Wondering what type of lock to get for your home or office. This lock guide can help you make a more informed decision about what lock best meets your needs.

When choosing a lock for your home or business, it is difficult to know what type of lock to choose. Our locksmiths have lots of experience in installing all different types of locks. Here is a guide to some of the more popular lock styles that can help you make a decision about which lock to choose.

Deadbolt locks

Deadbolt locks have a lot of advantages, one major advantage being that it works regardless of whether or not the electricity is working. Most people would probably agree that is a huge plus. Compared to newer high-tech locks, deadlocks are relatively cheap. There are some disadvantages to deadlocks, such as possibly losing your key, but as long as you have a spare available, you are good to go.

Scan Locks

Scan locks as a whole tend to be more expensive. This is because not only do the parts used to make it cost more but also you are buying the extra security that they tout. However, looks can be deceiving. Due to “bump keys” which are easily found on the online market for cheap, these locks can still be compromised by someone who is not even skilled at picking locks. The reality is that a majority of scan locks found at homes and businesses today are no more secure than a good quality deadlock, yet they cost a lot more.

Mortise Locks

These locks, otherwise known as rim cylinder locks are very durable locks which is why they are most commonly uses on commercial doors and other doors that are used frequently. Many houses and apartments use these locks as well, especially in rougher neighborhoods where residents want that extra layer of protection. These locks attach at the side of doors and onto the wall at its side. They come in various lengths and sizes to match the precise measurements of your door.

Rim Latch Locks

If you are looking for a lock that will lock your door automatically as it closes, these latch style locks are great. A rim latch lock can be paired with any other type of lock to make for a dually secured front door. These locks are popular in apartment buildings as well as on company doors.

Door Knob Cylinders (KIK)

We’ve all seen these types of locks. These are the types of doorknobs that are unlocked simply but inserting a key in it. With this lock, the actual lock mechanism is hidden inside the doorknob. This style lock comes in so many different styles and strengths to match the security needs of each individual. There are simpler models of this lock that are used on sheds and more durable, less pick-able lock options that are used on front doors in homes and offices.

Euro Profile Cylinders

These locks are commonly used on glass doors and doors that divide rooms. They come with just one cylinder or with double cylinders, as well as with a thumb turn on one side. They come in various lengths to best match the doors they are installed on. These locks must be installed carefully so as to ensure that they don’t snap off and that they secure the door adequately.

The consensus is that it is ultimately up to you to decide which lock is best for your home or business. If you live in a safe area, the high cost for the small amount of extra security you get may not be worth it; and even if the area is not so safe, many expensive scan locks are easily broken into with an easily obtainable bump key, so be sure to do your research thoroughly when it comes to paying extra money for a scan lock.

To have these, or any other type of lock installed, contact locksmiths locator today!