How to choose the Right Lock for Your Home

Choosing the best home security solution for your family and your specific needs is certainly a top priority, but with so many technical options out there, you might not know where to start. Here’s a simple guide to help unlock the mystery of home security.

Locks, Locks, & More Locks

There are two main types of mechanical locks: deadbolts, and multipoint locks. Multipoint locks can further be broken down into Mortise and RIM. Deadbolts work by turning a key/knob in the locking mechanism to move the bolt out of the way. A multipoint system has several locking points that are all controlled simultaneously with one key. The latter are good locks for highly susceptible break-in points like sliding doors.

Alternatively, one can turn to a more modern solution: digital or biometric locks. These come with benefits such as being keyless, remotely controlled, and highly customizable/programmable. If you’re looking for easy access for the right people, this is a great choice.

Functionality

The part of the home the lock is for will change the locking requirements. For example, bathroom doors require much lower levels of security than front doors. Not only do these interior doors require little-to-no security, but you may even want to seek out locks that are easily manipulated in case someone accidentally locks themselves inside. This is obviously not the case for your front door locks!

Door Material

The material your doors are made of will also play a part in the decision-making process. Metal doors are much harder to work with since you can’t cleanly and quickly drill into them. However, decorative or vintage wooden doors will present a similar problem.

Lock Standards

Regardless of which type of locks you choose, you need to make sure you are getting the best that the market has to offer to ensure maximum safety. Look for deadbolts with a Grade 1 rating that meet UL 438, EN 12209, or A2P France standards. Grade 1 offers the highest level of security, and that’s what your home deserves. Smart locks should have patents, good testimonials, and convenient features. That will tell you that you are buying an industry leader product.

Smart door locks (like Mul-T-Lock’s product lineup) are a good solution for any door since they require no drilling, wiring, or tampering with the door at all.

Ready to buy? Contact a local locksmith who can further guide you to choose the best locks for your home.