4 Reasons to Choose a Deadlock When You Need to Replace the Lock on Your Front Door


When most people want to replace the locks on the front door of their home, they don't take too long deciding which type of lock would be best. That's a real shame, since the type of lock you pick is going to significantly alter the degree of security that you enjoy. Of all kinds of lock, a deadlock is one of the most popular, and it's a configuration that you should strongly consider opting for if you find yourself in need of a new set.

Here are just four reasons why.

1. High Security

The purpose of a lock is to keep unwanted people out of your home, so it only makes sense to make security a prime concern when you're picking out the right one for your home. If you want to benefit from high security, a deadlock is a great option. They are called 'dead' because the bolt is not operated by springs. Instead, you'll need to manually operate the bolt using either your key or a thumb-turn mechanism. Since these bolts are not spring activated, it is impossible to jimmy open a door with a knife or other common object. Even using a crowbar can prove ineffective when a door is deadlocked since the bolts are extremely tough.

2. Hard to Subtly Pick

It takes a very long time for a burglar to break into a home that uses a deadlock, which is clearly another plus when it comes to security.  Even better, any deadlock needs to be very aggressively dealt with in order to get anywhere. If someone does try to force your door, you will know about it. That might sound like a disadvantage, but signs of attempted entry mean that you can alert the police; additionally, burglars are less likely to return for another go if they're aware you know someone tried to get in previously.

3. Cost-Effective

There are plenty of ways to upgrade the security of your home, from electronic keypads to wireless systems that connect to your smartphone. The problem is that such high-end systems cost a lot of money. In contrast, a deadlock isn't expensive at all. Adding one to your home will dramatically increase your security, but it won't cost you much to install one.

4. Versatility

There isn't just one type of deadlock. A single-cylinder deadlock is operated from the outside using a key and from the inside with a turn button. Double-cylinder deadlocks use a key on both sides of the door. The former is ideal for solid doors, while the latter type works well if your door contains glass panels that could be smashed and then reached through. It's nice to be able to pick the right type of specific door lock to meet your needs.

For more information and advice, contact a locksmith in your area.


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