A client from Los Angeles, CA, called Kardo Locksmith for a door lock installation. They were moving into a new house and wanted something more durable and secure than the standard lock on their front door. After recommending several options, they opted for a high-quality lever handle set with a mortise lock. Now, even if someone tries to get in without knocking, their attempts will be thwarted. The door lock installation was scheduled a few days before they moved in, and the customer felt more secure having such a firm lock on their front door.
There are a variety of solutions to protect your family and your possessions at home. The most critical choice, though, would be locking your door. Locks can prevent theft or vandalism and helps bring peace of mind to your household. The right door lock configuration can keep a home secure and access convenient for its residents. Door locks can have features like keyless access, Wi-Fi connectivity, touchscreen control pads, and mechanisms for doorknobs and deadbolts.
Many types of locks are available, and choosing the best one for your specific needs can be tricky. To help you make an informed decision, we have outlined various popular door locks below. Each has unique features and advantages, so it is essential to understand them before selecting one.
Knob locks are the most common type of door lock available, but they have one major downside- thieves can easily break in with essential tools. That is one reason you should not use knob locks on doors that lead outside, as someone with a bit of ingenuity can easily bypass them.
Deadbolts offer more protection against burglary or break-in. Their lock bolts move with the turning of a knob or key without any need for a spring. This unique locking mechanism is better equipped to resist physical attacks, battering, and drilling- meaning they are less susceptible to being taken down with a knife or hand tool.
There are three main varieties of deadbolt locks: single, double, and vertical. The simplest deadbolts have a single cylinder and may be opened from one side using a key. Deadbolts with two cylinders can be opened using a key from either side. Similar to single and double deadbolts, vertical deadbolts operate by moving the lock vertically instead of horizontally. This position is less vulnerable to being forced in by using a tool like a crowbar to pry open the door.
Mortise locks are metal containers that house the Lock‘s working components and are carved with a mortise in the shape of a door shutter. Only the keyhole of this concealed lock is visible from the outside. These come in two varieties, single cylinder lock and double cylinder lock.
These locksets can house knobs or levers and provide more security than cylindrical locks alone. They are threaded with a mortise component added within the door edge and secured using a set screw and cam, creating the locking mechanism. The cylinder component comes in different heights and lengths to suit different types of doors.
To fix a mortise lock in the door shutter frame is a skilled job that requires a professional residential locksmith. Otherwise, there is a chance of breaking the style of the door shutter. One method locksmiths use is to miter the corners of the window jamb and make recesses in the frame with a mortising bit and router. The other option is to drill into the door frame with a significant drill bit and straighten the slot or recess.
Kardo Locksmith takes great pride in being among the top automotive, commercial and residential locksmith service providers in Los Angeles and the neighboring areas. We provide professional locksmith services for both residential and commercial properties. Whether you need a new key made, your locks changed, or you are locked out of your home or office, our team of experienced locksmiths will be there to help. We are always available 24/7, so do not hesitate to give us a call!
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