Importance of Lock Installation
Our homes are our most treasured assets and investments and, as such, we make sure that we protect it and make it secure as possible, safe from harm from fires and break-ins. Because one’s home is a huge investment and a homeowner’s responsibility is to keep his home in good condition, safe and secure, part of his investment for his home must include for a lock installation procedure to all doors in his home.
Choosing for the right lock for one’s house door is the first big step in ensuring for security in one’s home and, therefore, the homeowner must conduct his own research, consult with professional locksmiths to find out which locks are suitable for all his house doors. For exterior doors, the most common standard locks are the deadbolt locks, called technically as Grade 1 Locks by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) which have stronger resistance from strikes of intruders, by as much as 10 strikes against the door, and when it comes to its lifespan, they can exist longer than other commercial locks. There are two main types of bolts that locksmiths would usually recommend and these are the deadbolts and latch bolts.
Aside from a drill tool, a hole saw for boring holes into the door will be required to install a deadbolt lock for exterior doors, such that the size of the hole saw which will be used must be according to the size of the bolt lock that will be installed. Basically, deadbolts are not spring-loaded nor are they bevelled, therefore, to use them the homeowner must operate manually to make a thumb-turn to lock the door, while latch bolts are spring-loaded, as well as bevelled, which keep the bolts extended. The deadbolt is the more preferred lock when compared to latch bolt as the deadbolt can extend its bolt up to 1 inch within the stike plate, while the latch bolt can only extend to 1/2 inch, and the advantage of being able to extend the bolt longer is useful to instances when brute force is used against the door, to which the deadbolt is more resistant due to its longer extension span.
Since a deadbolt or latch bolt has a strike plate with it, secure a good, high grade type of plate with longer screws so that the bolt is deeply embedded into the door. Added features in locks, to help withstand from great force, are locks that are anti-drill or with saw resistance. Saw resistant bolts are deadbolts that are installed with anti-saw pins, which can spin back and forth through the entire length of the saw blade, thus making it hard to saw the deadbolt, while anti-drill locks are those where hardened steel chips are placed within the casing of the lock preventing any drilling to take place with the purpose of damaging the lock.