MacArthur Locks & Doors received a call from a tenant in Washington, DC, requesting a lock change. The family recently moved into their unit and asked us to rekey the front door handleset. Unsatisfied with only one lock in place, they also asked us to install a second deadbolt for added security. We recommended installing a double-cylinder deadbolt, and they chose a model in a polished brass finish to match the handleset. We came to their address on the appointed day for the rekeying and deadbolt installation services. Before leaving, our locksmith ensured everything worked perfectly before handing over their new keys.
Among the first things you should do after moving into a new home is rekeying the locks. It is important because you do not know who else has access to the property. However, nothing makes a door more secure than reinforcing it with a deadbolt. A deadbolt will be significantly more difficult to pick than a spring-loaded lock. Installing deadbolt locks is an excellent way to keep your home secure.
A deadbolt is a type of lock often used in addition to a handle or keyed knob. It is usually made of strong steel and extends into the door jamb hole. The cost of installing one will depend on the quality and the type of deadbolt you need.
There are three grades of deadbolt locks, each with distinct strength and security.
Grade 1 is the strongest and is mostly used in commercial applications. However, it can also be used in residences.
Grade 2 locks are mostly used for high-security residences and low-security businesses.
Grade 3 is the basic residential security lock.
You have a wide range of choices when it comes to deadbolts - from the type to the style and metal finish. It is usually best to match your new hardware with the existing hardware already present in your home.
Locks differ in cost, materials, and how difficult they are to break into. High-security keys and quality deadbolts installed by certified locksmiths are worth investing in for long-term security. Deadbolts offer extra security because they can only be opened by rotating the lock cylinder. That makes it much harder for someone to open your door without a key.
There are two other reasons deadbolts are so effective. First, the bolt extends one inch into the strike plate, making it very difficult to break with a kick. Second, the strike plate is attached to the door jamb with three-inch screws, meaning that it is usually the door jamb itself that fails, not the lock. That is why when installing a lock, it is crucial to ensure that the door has a sturdy jamb all the way around it.
Do you need a more secure lock? Or a lock that is better than your old one? Then it would be best if you upgraded to a deadbolt. Deadbolt locks are your best bet for security. They are a little more expensive but worth the extra cash.
At MacArthur Locks & Doors, we are proud to have been the preferred door and locksmith service of the residents of Washington, DC, and the nearby communities. Our expert team is here to help you with your door repair, replacement, and door lock installation needs. We do everything from lock change to deadbolt installation for homes and businesses. We have the deadbolt to match your preferred door hardware, no matter what it may be. So call us today to get free estimates.
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