Choosing the Right Home Security Lock Sets

When the time comes to change your security locks, there is such a wide variety out there that it can be hard to know which to choose. The locks that you end up selecting will depend on your own set of circumstances. There are a number of factors you will need to take into account, such as the type of door that you have, the lockset and installation costs, and the level of security that is required. If you live in the Montreal area and are looking for a reliable locksmith to provide and install security locks, know that KGO Locksmith provides outstanding products and services. Besides lock installations, we provide all standard locksmith services (key cutting, rekeying locks, replacing deadbolts, repairing break-in damage), plus services like master key systems, access control, CCTV, and more.

The Various Types of Security Locks Available

The following are some of the most common types of security door locks on the market today. It is important for your home and family that you find one that suits both your practical and home security needs.

1. The Surface-mounted Deadbolt

This type of deadbolt lock is always installed on the back of the door. It usually comes in both single- and double-cylinder models, and is shaped like a capital "D". The single cylinder variety will have a keyhole on the outside of the door, plus a thumb-turn on the inside surface of the door. Due to the thumb-turn mechanism, the single-cylinder surface-mounted deadbolt should not be installed on any door that has a glass windowpane – it is all too easy to break the glass to access the thumb-turn on the inside of the door. The double-cylinder option, on the other hand, requires a key for both inside and outside operation – and is thus safer for installation on doors that may have a glass windowpane insert. The slight downside is that a key must always be readily available in case of an emergency, to ensure a swift exit. Surface-mounted security locks are jimmy-proof, secure, easy to install, and reasonably priced.

2. The Cylinder Deadbolt

locksmith lock sets This second type of deadbolt requires a slightly more complex installation – a hole needs to be drilled in the face of the door for the cylinder, and a smaller hole is also necessary for the locking pin. Again, both single- and double-cylinder models are available. Like the surface deadbolts, the single cylinder model has a keyhole on the outside and a thumb-turn on the inside, while the double cylinder requires a key for both the inside and the outside. Similarly, if you have a double-cylinder deadbolt installed, a key should always be available inside for a quick exit. Quality cylinder security locks are very resistant to break-in techniques like lock picking, drilling, and the like. The duplication of keys is also controlled, making for better security. Cylinder deadbolts are very secure, and are slightly more costly than surface-mounted deadbolts.

3. The Mortise Lock Set

These security locks are fitted into a rectangular cavity (a mortise) on the outside edge of your door. The lock itself is also rectangular, and is generally used for heavy doors. Mortise locks are famous for their advanced pin locking mechanisms – with a single turn of the key, you are able to release both the deadbolt, and the locking latch. Mortise lock sets tend to be very durable, well-made, and secure. They fall into the high-end lock category, and also lend a sophisticated look to your home. Mortise lock sets come in various polished metal finishes. Most would argue they are worth the investment; they are extremely secure, but they do require skilful installation.

4. The Keyless Entry Lock Set

These newer types of security locks do not require the use of a key. Instead, you have to enter a combination code which allows you to enter. Keyless locks may have a push-button keypad, a remote control, or a digital touch screen; some locks may even be controlled by your cell phone. Additionally, there are also keyless biometric locks that scan your fingerprint. These keyless entry locks do away with the risks of losing your keys, and having them fall into the wrong hands. Keyless locks are technologically advanced options that are very secure, and not particularly difficult to install. They tend to be on the expensive side, but may be worth the investment if having the keyless entry option suits your needs.

Call KGO the Montreal Locksmith for All Your Security Needs

KGO Locksmith is located just west of Montreal, and serves the Island of Montreal, Ville St. Laurent, and West Island. We offer a comprehensive warranty on all of our security locks, and on our labour and installation services. Additionally, we can guarantee that all our technicians are highly trained and qualified individuals. We offer both residential and commercial locksmith services, and have an emergency phone line for those times when you need a reliable locksmith at your side immediately.