Bottom line, all exterior doors should be protected by a deadbolt. Deadbolts are the staple of modern home security. They are your front line defense. As a locksmith, I deal with deadbolts every day. I can say that deadbolts are a significant challenge compared to handles. Although it is true that if someone wants to break in, they will, deadbolts limit the methods of non-destructive entry. When a burglary happens, signs of forced entry will significantly help with your insurance. Some insurance policies require forcible entry to pay the claim. It is best to check your policy to determine the requirements.
Our company services nearly any issue that may arise with deadbolts and their installation. We can install a new deadbolt, update an old standard installation, and service deadbolts.
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Styles of Deadbolts
Deadbolts come in two main styles:
- single cylinder
- double cylinder
Single cylinder deadbolts have a thumb turn on the inside and a lock cylinder on the outside. These deadbolts are perfect for doors without glass around them.
The second style cylinder is a double cylinder deadbolt. These deadbolts have cylinders on both sides. This forces use of a key on either side of the door to lock and unlock the door. These cylinders are best used on doors with glass nearby. This prevents an individual from breaking the glass and turning the thumb turn.
More on Double Sided Deadbolts
As stated earlier, double-sided deadbolts are great for securing doors with glass around them; however, there are some concerns related to double-sided deadbolts. In an emergency situation, the key is required to exit the building if the door is locked. This can effectively trap someone inside the house. If a double-sided deadbolt is used, make sure that everyone in the house knows how to get out. This is the most significant downside, and should be considered before going with a double-sided deadbolt.
Deadbolt vs Handle Security
Deadbolts have many benefits compared to handle style locks. First,the dead latch system on deadbolts is much more secure than handles. Handles must be installed nearly perfectly to engage the dead latch system. The dead latch prevents the door from being slipped with a flat plastic sheet. Deadbolts are much more difficult to bypass in this mannar.
Second, when kicking in deadbolt protected doors, the frame is typically the part that breaks. This ensures that there is solid evidence of a break-in.
Last, deadbolts are more secure against bypass type attacks. To ensure your deadbolts are fully secured to your door, make sure the bolt extends all the way out when the door is shut. This can be tested by throwing the bolt when the door is closed and then again with the door open. The thumb turn should rotate the same distance. If the thumb turns stops short when the door is closed, drill the hole deeper. This will ensure the dead-latch is engaged and your door secure.
FAQ – Deadbolt Installation
- My exterior door has no deadbolt, should I get one installed?
Absolutely, all exterior doors should have a deadbolt. The purpose of deadbolts is to limit non-destructive forms of entry. Although there is typically a non-damaging way though a lock, most criminals will only use the easiest ways in. Deadbolts increase the amount of time it takes to gain entrance and all exterior doors should have one.
- How much does a deadbolt installation cost?
This depends on a couple of factors. First, is there already a deadbolt on the door already? Second, is it a fresh installation or an adjustment? Third, is the door wood or metal? Last, are you supplying the deadbolt? The price range for a deadbolt installation is $70.00 and up. It is difficult to give a high end because some deadbolts are a couple hundred all by themselves.
- Are electronic deadbolts more secure than standard ones?
Can you use a key to open the door? If the answer is yes, the lock is no more secure. We attack every deadbolt through its key hole. Therefore, if the electronic deadbolt accepts a key, it is no more secure than standard deadbolts.
- I bought a deadbolt for my door, but it does not fit. What can be done?
First, read the instructions and make sure that no step was missed. If the latch is not centering in your mounting hole, follow the steps to adjust your latch. Other times the installation holes may need to be re-drilled to fit modern deadbolts.
- How long does an installation or adjustment take?
An average installation takes between 30 minutes and an hour to complete.