According to statistics, 30 percent of burglars enter a house through an unlocked door or through a door that has an easily circumvented cheap lock. Whether you have a home security system or not, good quality deadbolts are essential. Locksmiths are often called on to change the locks on homes that have been burgled, and they regularly recommend deadbolt locks as a safer option than a single latch lock. Many U.S. Standard doors are equipped with a deadbolt lock above the single latch lock.
How Deadbolt Locks Add Home Security
A deadbolt is different from other door locks because it provides extra home security. It is stronger than a single latch and engages the door differently. The deadbolt extends past the doorjamb and into the stud that frames the door. Some deadbolt locks go deeper into the frame, but the deeper it goes, the more secure the lock. To make sure it is performing according to specifications, it is recommended to have a certified locksmith install the deadbolt. When choosing a deadbolt lock, there are some important considerations.
- The lock should be made of heavy-gauge metal, so it is very difficult to break.
- The lock should have a Grade 1 from the National Standards Institute.
- The part that attaches to the door is called the strike plate. This should be made of steel and have four at least three-inch screws for the attachment.
- The lock guards should be made of heavy-duty metal, to make it more difficult to twist the lock out of the door.
- A saw-resistant deadbolt will have pins inside that are not susceptible to saws. When a saw reaches the bolt, the pins spin and don’t allow the saw to make progress.
- The portion of the bolt that extends into the doorjamb should be at least one inch long and preferably longer.
A lot of homeowners are choosing to go with a keyless deadbolt these days to add even more home security. This type of deadbolt could be very convenient. You can simply open the door with your fingerprint scan and lock the deadbolt with a turn knob or by pushing a button. Many of these locks also offer the ability to use a pin code or even a remote control to unlock the device.
We encourage you to check out our website regularly for more home security tips. Our team of locksmith specialists, at Eastway Lock & Key, can help you decide which type of deadbolt lock is best for your doors and your wallet. Give us a call at 704-347-1088, or complete our Contact Form and we’ll get back to you right away. Don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter!