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The different kinds of locks

There are different kinds of Front Door locks, but the most common ones we use are as follows. Door knobs and locks are the most common, followed closely by Handles and Hinges.

Knobs
Doorknobs have been used around the world for centuries and were first generated in the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. Though round or ball-shaped door knobs are considered the hardest to turn, this shape is still the most common. Egg-shaped door knobs are the easiest for most of us to use. Doorknobs have been made of many materials, including wood, ceramic, glass, plastic and different types of metal. Brass is one of the most popular materials because of its excellent resistance to rust.

Deadbolt Locks
Deadbolts are one of the most common types of hardware. Single cylinder deadbolts are operated with a key from the outside of a home and a thumb turn from the inside. A double cylinder deadbolt is operated with a key from both outside and inside the door. This offers a more foolproof security option against the burglar who relies on gaining access to our home by breaking through the door glass and turning the thumb turn to open the door. Both types of deadbolts are available separately or as part of a lockset. Deadbolts are relatively inexpensive, depending on the model you choose.

Handles
Handle grips with locks are another often sought option for exterior door hardware. These are located on the exterior portion of the door, while the interior side features a lever or traditional knob with either a thumb turn, deadbolt or even a keyless entry system. These are available separately or as part of a lockset.

 

Hinges

Hinges attach to the sides of the doors to secure your door to the jamb and allow it to open easily. While you may not see these at first glance, they are an important functioning part of your door’s hardware, and they can be seen when the door is open, meaning you’ll most likely want to match their finish to that of the other hardware you use on your door. There are numerous kinds of hinges, from ones that will make it easy to remove your door from its jamb to options that can handle the extra weight. Hinges are generally sold separately from locks and knockers. 

When it comes down to it, door locks come in all shapes and sizes. To see which lock is right for you, check out our locksmith company. We can help you find the lock that best secures your property and keeps you safe when you sleep. So schedule an appointment with us and we can come the same day to look at your lock.

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