Professional locksmiths offer you invaluable residential security tips and services. The majority of the locksmith companies provide their clients 24/7 services. Their services can benefit someone in various ways in any circumstances. You can expect to get a variety of services that are provided by these professionals.
One of these services is in dealing with a deadbolt locks. These are types of locks that provide your doors with higher protection when compared to typical door locks. The lock is different or is installed separate from the regular door knob. There are two types of deadbolt locks; one is the single bolt and the other is the double bolt. Single bolt locks are the ones that require a key to be opened from the outside while the double bolt locks require keys to open it both from outside and inside.
Installing such locks require a locksmith since it requires expertise in making sure that the bolt can properly be aligned and properly fit the strike plate. A strike plate is part of the set of the deadbolt lock that’s installed on the door jamb.
Deadbolt locks provide layer of safety
According to the FBI’s 2012 burglary statistics — the most recent available — about 2.1 million burglaries were reported in the United States, a 4 percent drop from the year before. About 60 percent of those burglaries were the result of forced entry, while 6 percent were attempted forced entry, according to the statistics.
Hollman says deadbolts are effective against forced entry because they make it harder for burglars to kick in doors. Locksmiths use 3-inch screws to secure the metal strike plate into the door frame. For maximum security, the deadbolt extends into the strike plate.
Deadbolts are worth the costs
Locksmiths say deadbolts are relatively cheap considering the level of protection they provide.
Depending on the type and class you buy, a deadbolt and installation typically cost $100 to $250. The majority of Angie’s List members, though, reported paying less than $200. Read more…
You can also find a video that shows you how to install deadbolt locks. Take note that hiring a locksmith is more encouraged than doing it on your own. However, for you to have an overview, watch this video below.
Make sure to identify the material used for your door. Deadbolt locks installed on hollow metal doors for example, requires a door support. Why?
The problem with installing deadbolt locks so high on a metal door is that most of the door is filled with Styrofoam. Most door manufacturers build solid wood cores where the locks are to be located, but it is very rare to find wood to support a lock installation the full height of the door. Many metal doors provide only enough wood inside the door to support a doorknob. I have installed many deadbolt locks 6 inches above the doorknob only to find the door filled with foam or cardboard. And I have removed many deadbolts to re-key a house for the new owner only to find the locksmith or carpenter never tightened the locks mounting screws because the door was filled with foam. Tightening the mounting screws would have crushed the door and caused the lock to bind. Read more…
As deadbolt locks do offer higher security for your entry doors, installing it also requires more attention to detail with regards to the requirements and procedure. That is why we mention above that you should hire a locksmith rather than just trying to do it on your own. We are talking about home security here when it comes to entry doors and locks, that is why there’s no way you must take the risk with wrong installations.
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