Choosing a Secure Lock For Your Door

There are so many different types of door locks available, it can be confusing trying to choose which type of lock to install in your home. Whether you are building a new home and need to choose a lock style, or looking to replace the existing locks, this article outlines the different types of locks available, and some of their advantages to help you make a more informed choice. 

Digital keyless locks 

Digital keyless locks are becoming more popular because they offer an easy way to lock and unlock doors without manually turning a key. These secure locks work by using a remote control or smartphone app to open the door instead of turning a physical key. Most digital keyless locks use either a pin code system, which requires a 4-digit pin number to be inputted into the lock, or a fingerprint recognition system that uses a person’s unique fingerprints to allow access.

Deadbolt lock

A deadbolt lock is one of the most common types of locks used in homes today. A standard deadbolt lock has a bolt inside the lock cylinder that slides back and forth. This type of lock works well when locked out of a house but not so much if someone wants to break in.

Electronic locks

Electronic locks have become increasingly popular since their introduction around 30 years ago. They can be controlled with a keypad on the outside of the door or even through a wireless connection associated with a smartphone. Because these locks don’t require a key to operate them, they are a safer option and prevent people from locking themselves out of their own homes. However, electronic locks do have their disadvantages. For example, many of these locks can be opened with a credit card or debit card, allowing anyone who knows the correct code to enter the property.

Mortise or rim lock

Mortise or rim locks are other options available to homeowners looking for a high-security lock. These locks are installed into the frame of the door and act as both a lock and a latch. When closed, mortise locks completely cover the hole where the knob would go, while rim locks leave about a 1/8-inch gap between the edge of the door and the frame. Both options provide excellent security for homes.

Furniture lock

Furniture locks are often used to secure large pieces of furniture like bookcases or cabinets. This type of lock allows you to easily move items in and out of storage without worrying about whether the lock will stay engaged.

Chain lock

Chain locks are also commonly used to secure outdoor areas such as terrace doors, hotel doors, and storerooms, among others. Chain locks usually consist of a chain attached to a metal ring that fits over the door handle. Chain locks are very simple to install and remove, making them a good choice for those who want to quickly lock and unlock their doors.

T Handle lock/vending lock

These locks are ideal options for vending machines, mailboxes, and other locations where there is limited space. Vending locks typically include a lever that can be turned to engage the lock. Once unlocked, the lever can then be pulled up to release the door. These locks are also found in pay phones, computers, ATM machines, and expensive bike locks. This is a plus, especially if you’re looking for a versatile lock that can be used in multiple places.

Euro profile cylinders

Euro profile cylinders are becoming increasingly popular due to their sleek design and ease of installation. Many manufacturers now offer euro profile cylinders as standard equipment on their products. Euro profile cylinders are made to fit European-style doors; however, they can be adapted to work with American doors. These locks are the best, especially for doors that need keyed access only from one side.

Wall-mounted locks

Wall-mounted locks are great for securing small spaces like bathrooms, closets, and hallways. Most wall-mounted locks come with an adjustable bracket that makes it easy to mount the lock securely to any surface. Some models even allow you to add additional keys to the lock so you can control which parts of the house are accessible. They are common in large business premises, hotels, and hospitals. Some models come equipped with deadbolts, which allow you to add an extra layer of security by engaging two bolts at once.

Disc locks

These employ the same principle as padlock but use a disc instead of a shackle. Disc locks are more durable than traditional padlocks because they use hardened steel discs rather than soft iron. This option has a curved bar, which is the chief component of the lock. It is also a detachable type of lock, which means you can take off the locking mechanism when needed.


At the end of the day, you just want your house to be secure, but not in such a way that it is too difficult to get in and out easily. Be sure to speak with your local locksmith to get further advice on what locks might be suitable for your particular area as they may have some other advice to add that can help you with your decision.

Brett Sartorial

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