Looking for the best door lock can be a bit overwhelming these days. The range of door locks is so extensive and diverse that it can be challenging to pick the best door lock. That is why our recognized locksmith has several tips for you to choose the very best lock for your door!
Types of locks
First of all, it is helpful to look at which types of locks exist. Of course, we don’t cover them all, because, of course, you are only here to find the best door lock! That is why we have listed the most common and solid door locks for today’s exterior doors for you.
Also known as a mortise lock. We still see these ditches the most nowadays. They are available in many versions, making them suitable for flush wooden doors and plastic and metal doors. They can be used for both interior and exterior doors. They are also available as electric locks, where a motor or a coil can drive the lock. When it comes to a lock for an outer door, it is wise to choose an anti-core pulling cylinder or a cylinder with anti-core pulling hardware. Otherwise, burglars can quickly force the lock by using the so-called core pulling method, in which the cylinder is pulled out of the lock, and the door can open.
It is, as it were, an improved version of the cylinder lock. Not only is it safer, but it is also more practical and aesthetically pleasing. The lock is operated from a central position so that your door no longer has to be secured with multiple side locks and the central lock. Of course, you also only need one key. A multi-point lock has a minimum of three and a maximum of five locking points spread over the entire length of the door. It means that you have at least one extra locking point compared to a standard cylinder lock. Unfortunately, with this lock, only one cylinder has to be removed to force the door, so additional security fittings are not an excessive luxury here either.
Lay-on locks and keypad locks
Furthermore, we sometimes come across rim locks and keypad locks, often in somewhat older homes and buildings. Since these locks’ SKG value is a lot lower than that of the cylinder and multi-point locks, it is therefore recommended not to choose these locks.
If you want to go for even more security, it is wise to strengthen the locks with an electronic security system. It means that you do not have to walk around with extra keys, and it is often also possible to operate the lock from a central location, for example, with your smartphone or intercom.
Tips for buying and replacing the door lock
Above we see that there are currently two locks for exterior doors that we can consider as good and solid. And that there are also several options to strengthen these locks further. Then it is now time to buy and install the locks! However, installing a door lock yourself can be a difficult job. Therefore, some tips from your recognized local locksmith!
1. Choose a door lock of the same brand.
When you are going to install the lock, you do not have to adjust anything or anything.
2. Always choose an SKG-approved version of a door lock.
It makes it more difficult for burglars to force your lock. Preferably choose a door lock with an SKG value of at least two stars. This value is now used consistently in new-build homes.
3. Remember the direction of rotation.
It, of course, matters for the implementation and installation of the lock. Note whether the lock is on the door’s left or right side and whether the door swings in or out.
4. Measure, measure, and measure again.
Door locks consist of many different components, which of course, all have to be precisely tailored. It can be a tough and challenging job, especially when it comes to a multi-point lock. The best thing to do is to bring the lock to the hardware store or shop where you want to buy your new door lock. They can probably measure the lock more precisely, and they also know what requirements for a new lock they have to take into account.
Replacing a door lock is an impossible job?
Not sure where to start, and would you like help to choose and installing a new suitable door lock? Then call in your professional ADP Locksmiths. He will be happy to measure, order, and install the locks for you!