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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.

It is vitally important that the right kind of door locks must be chosen and decided on by a homeowner and, while this may be a tricky process, the homeowner has no choice but make research on which door locks are appropriate for his house doors and conduct consultations, as well, with reputable locksmiths who can help him provide the right information on door locks. The general standard door locks are those prescribed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as Grade 1 Locks for exterior doors, which are specifically deadbolt locks, as they can withstand more resistance to intruders by as much as 10 strikes against the door and has been proven to have a more lifespan than other locks available in the market. There are two main types of bolts that locksmiths would usually recommend and these are the deadbolts and latch bolts.

There are specific tools that will be required to be able to install a deadbolt lock into the door and one important tool is the hole saw which functions as a tool to bore holes into the door, its size is dependent on 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. In its design, deadbolts can extend the bolts up to 1 inch within the so-called strike plate, while latch bolts can extend to just about 1/2 inch, this is why deadbolts have more resistance to force because of the longer distance of extension.

It is important to also consider the strike plate which comes together with the bolt, whether it be deadbolt or latch bolt that will be used, as a good high-grade type with longer screws can help secure the bolt well into the door. It is also important to choose additional features in your chosen locks, one that is either anti-drill locks or with saw resistant bolts. In specifically designed deadbolts that are saw resistant, they have anti-saw pins installed in it, to make it difficult to saw the deadbolt and for anti-drill locks, hardened steel chips are installed within the lock casing to prevent any form of drilling to take place to put damage to the lock.

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