7 Door Lock Types You Can Use For Your Home

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Different door locks and door lock types serve various purposes in a home. Before you buy a lock, it is a good idea to know what you are likely to need, and where you should put the security. The experts at Locksmith Pros USA want Los Angeles residents to know a bit more about door lock types before they make an investment.

1. Keyed Door Handles/Knobs

Almost all residential doors will have a door handle or door knob so that people can move the door more easily. With a keyed cylinder installed on one side of the handle/knob, you can unlock a door from both sides. One side can be unlocked with a key, and the other will have a keyless actuator such as a button or rotating dial.

This type of lock provides some semblance of security, but because they rely on spring-loaded latch bolts, these door lock types can be opened with a credit card and other simple bypass methods. You will need different door locks if you want the door you are using to actually stand up to a serious thief.

2. Deadbolts 

Among the various door lock types that you are likely to use for your home, there is perhaps none more important than a deadbolt. A deadbolt is the bare minimum security that you should have on your front door. 

This type of lock uses a bolt that is not spring-loaded, so it will not move unless the key or thumbturn are manipulated. This is an important distinction from the keyed door handle that uses a spring-loaded latch bolt. These locks will vary in security based on their construction.

A deadbolt can have a single cylinder or a double cylinder. A single cylinder deadbolt is keyed on the exterior of the door, with a thumbturn on the interior side of the door. A double cylinder deadbolt is keyed on both sides of the door, which means you will need your key to lock and unlock the door, no matter what side you are on.

3. Privacy Locks

A privacy lock is almost identical to a keyed door handle/knob, except it can only be locked from one side. These door lock types are also often made of flimsier materials because they are not intended to provide any security. The lock is designed to signify that a person does not want to be disturbed.

These are most often bedroom locks and bathroom locks, as well as any other door in the interior of a home where someone may want another person to knock before entering. If these locks break it is often the door latch getting stuck in the locked or unlocked position.

In most cases, a privacy lock is going to have a specific hole or built-in override so that during an emergency, the lock can quickly be opened from the outside.

4. Interior Bolts

Sliding bolts, chain locks, and U swing locks, are all examples of interior bolts. Essentially, these are different door locks that can only be opened and locked when you are on the secure side of the door.

Depending on the exact product you use, you will get varying degrees of security. Be sure to talk to a security professional to find out which specific interior bolts will work best for your needs.

Within the subcategory of interior bolts, there are door lock types, but they all have the same function. If you are not on the inside of the door, you cannot use them. That means a door is not going to be secure when you walk away from the room.

These types of locks are ideal for people who are most concerned with robbery, assault, and other instances where you will be victimized during a break-in.

5. Mortise Locks

Several door lock types on this list can be used with a mortise lock body. Keyed door handles and deadbolts are used with mortise locks, but these devices are technically different door locks due to the function and mechanics of a mortise lock.

First of all, a mortise lock is a rectangular shape (similar to a VHS tape) that slides into a pocket (or mortise) on a door. On a standard door lock, the lock hardware is more contained, so the parts are smaller, more fragile, and difficult to service. 

The mortise lock is larger and makes the internal components larger, more sturdy, and simpler to service. It is important to know if you need a mortise lock or different door locks because doors have to be cut in a way that will accept a mortise lock body. If a door is designed for a mortise lock, then you will need a mortise lock or to change your door.

6. Electronic Locks

As far as door lock types go, electronic door locks overlap with more categories than even mortise locks. This is due to the fact that an electronic lock just uses an additional element of control but ultimately relies on a pre-existing lock concept. 

Electronic control protocols include digital combination dials, Bluetooth, WiFi, RFID, etc. This only begins to scrape the surface of the door lock types that are a part of the larger category of electronic locks.

In the modern era, electronic locks have become very popular for residential use. No longer are these locks exclusive to commercial buildings. It even goes farther, to the point where there are electronic locks made solely for home use. 

With the explosion of the smart lock market, these different door locks have become inescapable when you make your choice as to the door lock types you will use for your house, apartment, condominium, etc. More complex electronic locks are found in commercial settings.

7. Padlocks

Many people do not consider padlocks to be among the door lock types you would use for your home, but there are all kinds of ways to make use of a padlock in this setting. For example, padlocks can be ideal for gates, cabinets, chests, sheds, and even within a home. 

A padlock is simply a lock that you can remove and take with you whenever it is open. Because a padlock is not secured to any openings, it makes it easier to change the level of security you are using depending on a perceived need. 

Most often, the uses of a padlock will be informed by the existence of a hasp or some pre-existing space for a padlock to be used on. The most important thing to focus on with padlocks is their resistance to cutting, as a person who wants to remove a padlock is likely to use bolt cutters or a sawing tool.

Closing Thoughts

There is no need to be overwhelmed by all the different door lock types. If you have any questions, Locksmith Pros USA is here to help you with lock selection, lock installation, and even lock maintenance. No matter how many different door locks you are using or need, Locksmith Pros has what it takes to provide you with the best locksmith service in Los Angeles.

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