Lock Change Fort Washington, MD

Lock Change Fort Washington

Project Description

A homeowner in Fort Washington, MD, called MacArthur Locks & Doors for a lock change. They recently moved into a new residence and wanted to replace the locks on the front door. Our locksmith replaced the old knob and deadbolt with new, stronger ones. The process took around an hour, and the homeowner was pleased with the result. They were relieved to have a more secure front door and peace of mind. 

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, households experienced 16.9 million property crimes in 2020, about 121 per 1,000 homes. While front door locks offer protection, they are not as effective as a deadbolt, which is harder to manipulate. A deadbolt lock can help prevent your home from becoming part of the statistic.

What Is a Deadbolt Lock?

A deadbolt is a lock that can be opened without a spring's help by turning a key or using an access control system. Deadbolts, often composed of steel or brass, are heavier and thicker than typical spring latches. Also, they usually have a flat end instead of being rounded or angled. Deadbolts are a low-cost technique to boost home security.

How Do Deadbolt Locks Function?

Deadbolt locks do not require a spring; all it takes is twisting a key to retract or extend the bolt into the door frame's striking plate. Since they are not spring-operated, prying them open with a crowbar or other tool is much more difficult. In addition, deadbolts provide more resistance and strength than other locking devices because of the robust locking mechanism.

Types of Deadbolt Locks

Single Cylinder Deadbolt

A thumb turn piece and a key are used to operate a single cylinder deadbolt. Install this lock in a location without breakable glass within 40 inches of the thumbturn piece. Otherwise, a thief could smash the glass, reach inside, and turn the thumbpiece.

Two Cylinder Deadbolt

On the other hand, a double cylinder deadbolt requires a key on both sides of the door to be unlocked. If you have glass panes close to your doorknob, a keyless entry door lock provides an extra layer of security. Even if someone is inside your home, they would not be able to open the door without a key.

While double cylinder locks may provide an extra layer of security, it is important to remember that they can also present a fire hazard. Therefore, ensure that the key is always available to exit the door in an emergency. 

Combination Deadbolt

A lockable thumbturn is a type of lock that can work as a single-cylinder and a double cylinder. It has a thumbturn on the inner side of the door, as well as a lock. You can use the thumbturn for convenience daily, with the deadbolt working as a single cylinder.

However, if you want to ensure that your home is especially secure while you are away for an extended period, such as when you go on vacation, you also have the choice of locking your door with the key inside and outside.

Vertical Deadbolt

This type of lock is also known as a jimmy-proof deadbolt lock because it cannot be forced or attacked openly due to the robust securing mechanism. These bolts are especially effective in deterring would-be burglars because they are difficult to pick. Because it is surface mounted, this type of lock is popular as an additional level of security on external doors since it takes very little alteration to fit in. 

Another benefit of this type of lock is that it cannot be picked easily and is highly tamper-resistant. In addition, the bolt and the jamb bracket are intertwined, making them much harder to bypass than a regular door lock. You can find these types of bolts on both commercial and residential doors.


There are plenty of things to consider when it comes to home security, from home security systems to locks and doors. However, the locks on your doors are the most important part of your home security. They need to be strong and secure, but even still, they are one of the easiest entry points into your home. That is why it is important to know that the locks on your doors are secure and up to standard and consider a lock change if necessary. The right locks will prevent unwanted visitors and intruders from gaining access to your home.

Locksmith Near Me

In search of the ideal locks for your residence? Allow us to help you in choosing the perfect locks for your door. With a large selection of residential and commercial locks, including all types of deadbolts and cylindrical locks, MacArthur Locks & Doors can meet all your lock needs. We also offer emergency locksmith services, as well as professional locksmith services for installing and repairing locks. Call us now, and we will be pleased to assist you in determining the type of locks you require.

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