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Your front door is not only a trademark of your home, but a first line defense against burglary, and ensuring that it can provide you and your family with sufficient security is vital. In order to maximize such security and the safety of your home, you should often ask yourself: What type of lock would work best with my door and how do I determine which lock can best fulfill my needs? Keeping in mind the aforementioned questions, we will continue on to discuss the numerous variations of door locks available and how their proper implementations can assist you in keeping your home secure.

Types Of Locks To Secure Your Home

Privacy Locks

Privacy locks are most frequently produced for interior implementation to be used in bathrooms and the like. They are composed of a central button on the interior-facing side that can be used to lock the door, as well as a small slot, or opening, on the opposite side that can be used to unlock the door in emergency situations. The advantage of utilizing privacy locks is that their installation is extremely simple, their capacity to restrict entry in privacy-related situations, and their cost-efficiency. However, given that they are designed for interior applications, they can be picked or opened with force. For this reason, privacy locks should not be installed on exterior property such as the door between the garage and the house, as doing so can abate the safety of your home.

Exterior Lock-sets

Exterior lock-sets are a standard example of locks capable of securing exterior doors, and can be found in most residential buildings and houses. Typical exterior lock-sets consist of either two keyholes, both on the outside or inside, or a keyhole on the outside and a button that can be rotated or pressed to easily lock the door from the inside. Exterior lock-sets are known to provide more security than privacy locks, given their solid interior scaffold and requirement of a key for exterior entry. The advantage of using such locks is that they are fairly priced, provide more security than a privacy lock, and work well when coupled with a deadbolt. However, many models of exterior lock-sets can nonetheless be picked with a simple piece of plastic such as a credit card, and are capable of being forcibly opened as well. In order to elucidate the exterior lock-set and deadbolt pairing described previously, we will depict the purpose of a deadbolt below.

Deadbolts

A deadbolt is a lock primarily installed above an exterior lock-set, and functions to provide added security in synchronization with the exterior lock-set. Deadbolts are composed of two key holes on both the interior and exterior, an interior turning knob for easy locking, and a long bolt that protrudes into the door frame when locked. Therefore, deadbolts can tremendously augment the security of the household when coupled with exterior lock-sets. The advantage of installing a deadbolt is that not only does it cost as little as $25, but it provides a tremendous increase in residential security when coupling with a standard home lock. This minor investment is undoubtedly worth preventing the potential damage and stolen property that can result after a break-in. If you are in the market for higher quality deadbolts, however, they can cost as much as $200.

Auxiliary Locks

The sole purpose of auxiliary locks is added security, and they are most often installed in combination with one of the aforementioned lock types. Auxiliary locks are placed on the interior-face of the door/door frame, and most frequently entail sliding locks and chain locks. In this case, a chain attached to the interior-face of the door can be secured by inserting the end into a metal bracket on the adjacent door frame or wall. Auxiliary locks are generally inexpensive and therefore easy on your wallet, extremely simple to install, and can be used in conjunction with most primary locks for additional security. Despite their versatility, auxiliary locks can be easily undermined and therefore are best used in addition to a more stable locking mechanism.

All in all, both the door and lock securing your home must be of quality and properly installed in order for you and your family to truly be safe, given that one can always be compromised and undermine the other. In order to maximize residential security, ensure that both your lock and the door it is mounted on are high-quality and undergo maintenance when necessary. If you have any questions concerning the type of lock and/or door you would like to install, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call our office—our experienced professionals will help you every step of the way.