As the holidays approached, a homeowner in Chevy Chase, MD, called MacArthur Locks & Doors to ask about increasing their front door security. They wanted to find the strongest lock available to safeguard their home while they were away. We explained that mortise locks are currently one of the most secure types of home hardware and suggested them. The homeowner decided to follow our recommendation. After we completed the mortise lockset installation, we showed the client how secure it was. They were impressed with the lock's performance and thanked us for our prompt response and excellent advice.
There are some things to consider before buying or replacing the hardware for your door. Among the first things to think about are the types of locking mechanisms; cylinder locks and mortise locks. One is more secure but more expensive, while the other is less expensive and, therefore, more popular. Let us explore the differences between the two.
Locks come in all shapes and sizes, but the most popular type is the cylinder lock. These locks have a cylindrical design, unlike the more traditional latch style. A deadbolt is also not spring-loaded, unlike a latch, a component of the knob and lever assemblies. As a result, the door will not open or close until it is fully retracted. When installed properly, a deadbolt extends farther into the doorjamb than a regular latch. Therefore, it will make it more difficult for someone to force the door open.
Cylinder locks are the most common type of door lock and are easily identified by their two distinct strike plates. Additionally, most have standard-size holes drilled into the door, making them easy to replace.
The same outside plate frequently covers the deadbolt and latch. However, some people employ two plates instead of one exterior plate. This type of hardware is known as sectional. It is a better option to replace hardware when your holes are not drilled properly.
What makes mortise locks more secure than other types of locks? The pocket cut into the short edge of the door allows for a longer and thicker mortise box to slide into the door, providing superior protection. Unfortunately, these locks usually require special door preparation, making them more expensive than other types. But when you purchase your hardware from MacArthur Locks & Doors, we will drill all of the holes necessary so that it will slide into place when it is time to install it.
You must consider a few things when replacing your handle set with a mortise box. First, not all mortise boxes have the same dimensions, so measure carefully. Second, mortise hardware can take the place of cylinder-type hardware. However, only some mortise boxes completely enclose the tubular holes in your drilled door. Our hardware expert will be more than willing to help find a solution that fits your needs.
Multi-point locks are one type that offers more security than others. With this type of lock, the door is secured at multiple points rather than just one. As a result, it can make it more difficult for someone to break in. Multi-point locks are typically found on single doors near the top and bottom or double doors at the top and bottom. There are even options that offer more than three points of locking.
Because it provides a tighter seal, the multi-point locking system has become increasingly popular in many coastal areas. In addition, it provides superior defense against wind and rain during hurricanes and other storms. As a result, many major door manufacturers have begun using these locks more frequently.
One downside of the multi-point lock is that because of how it works, you must use levers on both sides of the hardware. In addition, you cannot use decorative thumb grips, and the style options for multi-point locks are somewhat limited.
A vacation is a great time to relax and enjoy spending time with loved ones. But it is also important to make sure your home is safe and secure while you are away. That is where MacArthur Locks & Doors comes in. Our experienced residential locksmith can help you choose the best security solution for your home so that you can have peace of mind while on vacation. Call us today for free estimates.
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