With regards to locks like anything else, you only get what you pay for.
That’s not to say that the locks available today are of a lesser quality, than the ones built years ago. In fact many locks today, offer conveniences and benefits that were unheard of just a few, short years ago. But many manufacturers have sacrificed quality, in order to meet certain price points. When you buy a home for 200K – 400K, is your best choice to lock it, with a $10 cheap lock? Would you be surprised if that $10 cheap lock didn’t hold up against a physical attack by a burglar? Locks are more affordable than ever, but what have they cut back on, in order to make the cost so low. The answer is quality, and if you are sacrificing quality on cheap locks, your basically throwing your money away.
As locksmiths, we open a large amount of locked doors, on a daily basis. The easiest ones to open, are the ones someone bought from the hardware store. The tolerances and mechanics are loose, making it easy for us to manipulate them. Most of these locks are opened in less than a minute, without leaving a scratch. It makes you wonder, what’s the point? Most people will often ask for some kind of upgrade, after seeing how simple these locks are to open. The same goes for the hardware store deadbolts. Instead of being a solid piece of brass, with a large bolt and “throw”, their components are made from plastic and Die-Cast. Materials like that, are not enough to stop someone from kicking in a door (which is the main function of the deadbolt).
So where is the middle ground? The locks sold at locksmith shops can be expensive, because most locksmiths won’t sell and warranty the cheap hardware store locks. And the cheap ones at the hardware store won’t hold up and provide enough physical protection.
The following is a solution for the use of both types of locks.
Install high quality locksmith grade deadbolts on necessary external doors and then place low quality knobs beneath them, in order to cut down on cost and match them to the same key as the deadbolts.
The reason for doing it this way, was because the main security is coming from the deadbolt, not the doorknob. By installing a really good quality deadbolt and making sure to lock it each day, the door is secure. The doorknob is only used as a secondary locking device and the main protection against physical attacks, falls on the deadbolt.
We consider this a great compromise on price, without having to sacrificing home security.
If you are interested in upgrading deadbolts, contact Craigmore Locksmiths for professional service.
Craigmore Locksmiths firm belief is in the importance of proficiency, efficiency, and dedication has helped us and our associates become one of the leading locksmith service providers in the Adelaide Northern Suburbs. We are hard working and committed, and seek to help you in a timely manner.