Our client in Silver Spring, MD, wanted more security for their front door since there had recently been attempted break-ins in their neighborhood. They called MacArthur Locks & Doors for an affordable yet secure option. We recommended reinforcing their mortise lockset with a deadbolt because it was an inexpensive option that offered top-notch security. We visited their home on the scheduled day and fitted their front door with a Kwikset single-cylinder deadbolt in under 30 minutes. The client could now have peace of mind knowing that this deadbolt lock would protect them from a potential house break-in.
Deadbolts on your doors are essential, especially if you live in a neighborhood with a high crime rate. These door hardware add a layer of security to your home or building. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to a deadbolt lock installation. So, always consult an experienced locksmith to find the best door lock installation options.
Deadbolts have a bolt that must be activated by a key or thumb turn, as opposed to being spring-activated. That makes it much harder for someone to break in using a knife blade or credit card. For this reason, it is generally recommended that deadbolt locks be installed on solid wood, steel, or fiberglass doors. Furthermore, a deadbolt lock cannot be pried away from the frame as you can with a spring latch on a knob or lever. It means getting in without a key is impossible without completely damaging the frame beyond usability.
Several types of deadbolts can be used to secure different doors. Deadbolts are usually longer than latches, extending at least one inch into the jamb. That contrasts latches, which rely on a spring for operation. As a result, deadbolts provide much better security overall.
The most common type of deadbolt is the single-cylinder. Probably it is what comes to mind when people think of a deadbolt. It has a thumb-turn inside and a lock cylinder on the door's exterior. That way, it is easy to open from the inside using the thumb-turn, but you need a key on the outside.
Two-cylinder deadbolt locks are created to give more safety to doors close to windows or with glass inserts. They have two lock cylinders on both the inside and outside of the door. You need a key for both sides of the door with a two-cylinder deadbolt lock. That keeps thieves and burglars from turning the thumb-turn of a one-cylinder deadbolt even if they could break a nearby window or the glass in the door.
Electronic deadbolts have gained mainstream popularity only in the last decade or so. These deadbolts typically have a keyhole outside to give access, even if the batteries run out. At this point, they function as a standard single-cylinder deadbolt until batteries are reinstalled. Then, they are activated by PIN or button to cause a battery-powered electric motor to drive the bolt open or closed.
Deadbolts are made with solid construction reinforced by the doorframe. They are a great way to protect your home from forced entries, lock picking, and key bumping. To get the most out of a deadbolt, however, ensure that the door, hinges, and doorframe are strong enough to withstand force. Otherwise, you could end up with a broken door or frame while the deadbolt does its job.
MacArthur Locks & Doors is a trusted name in residential security products. We offer a full line of locksmith DC services, including key replacement and installation, deadbolt installation, and more. With our years of experience, we can help you protect your home from break-ins. In addition, our lock products come with a lifetime warranty. So whether you need a new lock or a lock change, call on MacArthur Locks & Doors for all your security needs!
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