How to Choose Internal Door Locks07/31/2015 Back To Blog
It is common for homeowners not to pay great attention to internal door locks. They come with the property and serve simply for opening and closing doors. However, they are much more important than this. They can provide greater privacy and a much higher level of security as well. That is why you need to select them with care when it comes to installation or replacement. Here is how to do this.
Check how many you will need - Decides which door locksets have to be replaced. From aesthetic point of view, it is best to replace all so that they can have matching style and design.
Determine the type of locking mechanism that you require - The simplest locksets have only basic latches and no door lock cylinder. They cannot provide a higher level of privacy and security. There are also models with no locking mechanism on the outer side and with a turnkey on the inner side. They offer perfect privacy, but do not improve security. They are suitable for the bathroom, for example. The models with single cylinder can be locked with a key from the inside only. They do the same job as the ones with turnkey. The double cylinder devices can be locked from the inside and from the outside and this can help for improving the security of the property immensely.
Consider the internal door design for choosing the lockset design - Most internal doors require mortice locks which can be integrated directly into the panel. However, some older units may need rim devices. If one or more of your internal doors are made from more specific material such as glass, you have to confirm compatibility with it as well.
Decide between a handle and knob - Consider which of the two options will be more convenient for you. You need to take into account your aesthetic preferences as well. No matter which option you select, you have to ensure that the device functions optimally.
Evaluate the make - Our experts in Welling recommend steel and brass locking devices as they are the strongest and most durable. You should pay attention to the gauge of the metal and to the overall construction as well. If you shop online, you should not miss to read reviews.
Check the size, design and make of the latch or bolt - Bigger, longer and thicker latches and bolts are more difficult for thieves to overcome. They have to be fully reliable and move smoothly. Again, reviews can help you evaluate their quality more effectively.
After the lock installation process is completed, you can start using the devices right away. Unless you have small children, you can leave the keys into the keyways for maximum convenience.