A deadbolt lock is a lock that you can use in addition to your spring lock, or instead of one. It is defined by its locking mechanism, which cannot be moved to the open position except by rotating the key or knob. This makes it more resistant to a range of security threats as there is no spring action that can help to open the lock and because the deadbolt will often be flat rather than slightly sloped.
The result of these differences is that you can’t ‘jimmy’ open the door by sliding a knife inside. Likewise, you can’t push the door open with force unless you are able to break the entire door and/or door frame. Usually a deadbolt lock will be accessed from one side only and can be used to provide an additional level of security once the homeowner is inside.
But as with any type of lock, you will occasionally find that you need to replace your deadbolt. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the things you need to check before you go ahead and do that.
1 Why Does it Need Replacing?
The first question is why the lock needs replacing – and there are a few reasons that this might be the case.
Firstly, the lock may have broken. In which case, how has it broken? Has it snapped? Is the issue with the door or with the key? If it’s the latter, you might not need to replace the whole thing.
Alternatively, you might be interesting in upgrading your security by getting an upgraded deadbolt. IN which case, ask how much force the deadbolt can withstand and find out how resistant it is to lockpicking.
2 What Is Your Type of Door?
Depending on the kind of door you have, you will need different types of deadbolt locks. The locks on glass doors for instance need to be double cylinder deadbolts. Make sure the lock you invest in is compatible!
3 Is it Being Added?
Are you getting a new door with a deadbolt, or are you going to be installing a deadbolt onto an existing door? This is important as you’ll need to find out whether the door has a pre-drilled bore hole etc. to know how easy the job will be
4 Are You Doing the Adding?
If the deadbolt lock is being added to an existing door, then ask if you will be doing it, or if you are going to hire the services of a professional. Depending on the materials involved, the type of lock, and the type of door, the level of complexity may vary greatly.
5 What Are the Measurements?
This is really important. Unless you are replacing like-for-like, you need to ensure that the lock will fit your door. Take measurements and if you’re unsure, consult with someone to ensure it will fit!
6 Is This the Only Upgrade?
If you’re gong to be adding a new deadbolt lock, then why not go one step further and look into other areas where you can improve the security? It might be that you can upgrade the primary lock too, or reinforce the material of the door. You can even look elsewhere – for instance do you have an alarm fitted? How strong are the windows?
This is a good time to think about this, as if you do not, you might find that you’ve upgraded one aspect of your security that simply invites trespassers to circumvent it and take another route!
7 Will it Be Electronic?
Will the new bolt be electronic? An electronic deadbolt has a number of unique features, allowing you to use smart home features for instance in order to lock and unlock your home, and use more modern forms of access control. Want to open your door with your smartphone and face unlock? It’s now possible!
8 Where Will it Be Coming From?
Finally, it’s important to do your research when considering the deadbolt lock. Choose the best brand and manufacturer and read reviews to ensure it’s a name you can trust. As with any product, the quality varies from vendor to vendor – only this is one area where quality really matters.