When it comes to choosing the right door lock, there are several variables to consider. These variables include price, ease of installation, and security. More expensive locks tend to provide greater security, and security is typically worth the money. Here are a few tips for choosing the right door lock for your home or business.
The slip bolt, or spring latch, is easy to install as well as inexpensive. When you leave your house and you put your key into your doorknob, you are locking a slip bolt lock. This type of lock prevents the doorknob from rotating, which impedes the spring from retrieving the latch from the doorway. This is not the most secure type of lock because of its vulnerabilities; however, it helps to cover the gap between the door and the doorway with a metal plate to help prevent intrusion.
The deadbolt is usually more expensive than a slip bolt, but it is also substantially more secure. This type of lock works by sliding a solid bolt of steel, brass, or bronze into the doorway, and it is not easily compromised. However, it is important that your bolt is made of a solid, unbreakable material. If you use a single deadbolt on a glass door, keep in mind that an intruder may be able to shatter the door and reach in to operate the lock from the inside.
The double deadbolt is similar to the single deadbolt, but it is even more secure. This lock succeeds where the single deadbolt is vulnerable. A key is necessary to operate a double-cylinder deadbolt, regardless of which side of the door you are on. This means that if an intruder does break through your glass door, there will be no lever to pull or switch to rotate in order to unlock the door.
For more tips for choosing the right door lock for your home or business, call Armstrong Lock and Security Inc. at (407) 434-0181. We have been protecting homes and businesses in the Orlando area since 1929. Find out more about our residential and commercial locksmith services by visiting our website or coming to see us.