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Types Of Locks For Residential Use

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The type of lock to use in your home or office is not easy, given the many types of locks manufactured. With 66% of burglaries being residential ones, security at home cannot be overemphasized. You can use one or a few of the locks discussed below to bolster security in your home.


You can get a variety of padlock sizes and shapes. The portability and ease of maintenance make padlocks the most convenient lock. Most padlocks are keyed, where the type of key suggests the tamperproof nature of the padlock. 

Keyed padlocks can either be rekeyable or otherwise. Non-rekeyable padlocks have locks that cannot be opened using other keys. Key retaining padlocks are such that the key cannot be retained while the padlock is open. 

Padlocks can also be opened through the use of a combination. Combination padlocks require that the holder of the padlock know the secret access code. While combination padlocks appear to be sophisticated, they can sometimes be easy to decode. 


Deadbolts can either be single, double, or hybrid. The single deadbolt has a key cylinder placed outside, while a thumb turn works from inside to facilitate the opening or closing of the door. 

Access to the door from inside makes it easy to open it; hence, compromising its efficiency. To address this weakness, the double cylinder uses a key both from inside and outside. The downside is that you need to have a key if the door locks, even from the inside. Emergencies like fire or burglary can limit easy escape with this type of lock.

The lockable thumb turn is the hybrid that combines the single and double deadbolt features. It's easy to leave the thumb turn unlocked so that people can move in and out with ease. When the time comes for people to be away from the house for a lengthy period, the thumb turn is locked, making entry and exit impossible without a key. Consider hiring a residential locksmith service to help with the best fit.

Lever Handle

Lever handles are preferred for they handle easily as compared to knob locks. The lever handle accommodates both right-handed and left-handed people. Lever handles are also advisable since they accommodate disabled individuals.

Levers are compromised when people apply excessive force while trying to open. You need to measure the backset carefully before going for a new lever handle. To avoid changing the lock frequently due to damage, use clutch levers, as these don't spoil quickly due to pressure.

In Conclusion

More than a third of burglaries are referred to as insecure since the culprit accesses the house through doors not well secured. Residential locksmith services offer tailor-made solutions for your security challenges. Take security seriously and avoid being a victim of break-ins by investing in the right locks for your home and office.