WHICH LOCK IS BEST FOR MY DOOR?
One mistake many homeowners make is thinking that they can get just any lock from the department store or any store to fix on their door and all their problems will be solved. Unfortunately, this is as far from the truth as it can be. Replacing or fixing a lock is not as easy as everyone thinks.
Apart from the fact that many of these store owners do not have the integrity to stock their store with products that are of good quality, some locks are just not the perfect fit for just any door, the same way you cannot use just any faucet for any sink. You have to consider the endurance and aesthetics of the lock before you select it.
This article aims to help you with that process. The process of selecting the best lock for your door and various features it should possess.
- The first thing you want to look out for is a lock that suits the function you want it to serve
If you want a lock for your bedroom, you know that you shouldn’t select a higher security lock than the one for your front door. The lock for your bathroom door serves as a privacy lock and should be able to hold up stronger. Study the need for the lock and determine if you need the lock for privacy or security. That will help you determine the kind of lock to purchase.
- Then you need to check for quality
You can check to see if the manufacturers of the lock are registered by the appropriate authorities and if they are a well-known brand in the industry. Check for anything that proves that the lock you are about to buy can be trusted.
- Next, check the endurance
There are different grades for locks, each signifying their level of endurance according to the ANSI lock security standard. There are three grades, grade 1 to grade 3, with grade 1 being the highest and offering the best level of security. The level or grade of endurance you choose is once again dependent on the function you wish the lock to serve in your home.
- Also remember to consider aesthetics
If and only if, you find products that match your requirements in the above steps should you go for aesthetics. Do not consider beauty at the expense of your protection and quality of your lock. While checking for beauty, you should check to see that the selected lock matches the style of the door you wish to fix it on. This step of the process depends on you and what you consider beautiful and there should be no guideline to tell you what you should consider aesthetically pleasing in your home. Just be careful to mix the styles right.
If you are still unsure about how to go about selecting a lock for your home, you should consider asking for recommendations from a trusted locksmith around you so that you don’t end up buying what won’t be pleasing to you.