Which Lock Is Best for YOU

There are some good locks on the market. And there’s a grading system that helps us understand the ratings and so, what would be best for our particular case. Speaking of which, this is exactly what shapes our decision on which lock to choose – our particular case.

Let’s start from scratch by saying that there are locks for nearly all things – from our doors to our bikes. In order to start considering your options, you need to consider your personal needs. Calling up a locksmith or walking up to a salesman to say that you are looking for a lock for the front door of your house is a good start but not enough. So, let us all pause for a minute and organize our thoughts.

Things to consider before you consider lock options

  1. Are you looking for a front door lock? A cabinet lock?
    It makes sense to start with the obvious. You need to state what you are looking to find in order to find it. Not all locks are the same. And not all locks are equally rated. It’s one thing to choose commercial locks, a lock for an interior office, and a home front door lock and it’s another thing to choose for a bedroom or cabinet. One broad category is knowing if you need a high-security lock or not.
  2. How much are you willing to spend?
    Most locks don’t come cheap, especially high-security door locks designed by popular brands. Once more, how much you’ll spend should be guided on whether or not you need a lock for a high-risk entry point. The higher the risk, the higher you should pay. That’s the best thing to do if you want a lock reliable enough to offer the best protection possible. While interior door locks mostly play a role in privacy and decoration, exterior door locks are installed to secure. Pay less for the former and more for the latter.
  3. What type of lock are you thinking of getting?
    Depending on what lock you are looking to find – high-security or not – and for what application – commercial/home/cabinets/et cetera – and how much you are willing to pay, there are options.
  • Interior privacy locks – for bedrooms, bathrooms, offices, et cetera
  • Pocket door/French door/glass door/et cetera – locks for all types of doors and materials
  • Locks for pantries and closets
  • Garage door locks
  • Main entrance commercial locks
  • Front door locks
  •  Patio door locks

When it comes to the main entry points, there are conventional and sophisticated lock options, and you decide on which one you want based on your habits, security requirements and expectations, budget, and application. Let us show you their main features.

  • Conventional locks work with a key, are usually single-cylinder, and can be rekeyed. Even if you go for an average deadbolt installation, it’d be better than relying on a key-in-knob lock. But of course, the better the deadbolt the higher the security. To be sure of that, get high-rated locks with a long bolt.
  • Electronic locks have the advantage of operating without a key. Considered the ancestors of smart locks, they are a good choice if you want to test their convenience but they are not smart locks.
  • Smart locks secure well and do so remotely. They often support voice control and allow you to check the access logs. They actually have various features, based on the model, but they often need extra hardware, are more expensive than conventional or electronic locks, may be hacked, and can still be prone to drilling and other break-in methods. You can give out temporary pin codes, which can be erased when no longer needed.
  • Biometrics are excellent choices if you literally want to throw away the key and don’t bother with PINs and passwords. One of your features, usually a finger or an eye, becomes your key and you can still provide temporary access.

4. Is the door or window in a good condition?
When we talk about locks, we often forget to consider the surface where the lock will be installed onto. And while it is important to consider the material of the surface when you want to buy a lock, it’s equally vital to consider the condition of the window or the door before you buy a lock, especially if we are talking about the main entrance. What’s the point of even talking, let alone installing, new locks when the door is broken and hollow?