About Deadbolt Door Locks
A deadbolt is a secure lock that provides an extra layer of protection for any door. They are commonly applied to front and side doors and typically installed just above the door handle. Deadbolts traditionally use a key to engage the bolt for locking and unlocking. They also come in many different styles, finishes, and functions, and HandleSets.com carries them all.
Many deadbolts come in an array of various styles and finishes such as: bronze, brass, copper, nickel, stainless steel, and more. Upgrading or replacing your existing deadbolt is a simple project that can rejuvenate old or damaged door hardware as well as provide added security. Kwikset deadbolts with a UL rating and SmartKey cylinder provide the highest level of residential security. With these added benefits your home can become more secure and design savvy.
A single cylinder deadbolt is the most popular choice for standard residential applications, like homes and apartments. Specific benefits of single cylinder deadbolts include ease of use and added security over a locking lever set or knob set. A single cylinder deadbolt can be locked or unlocked via key on the exterior or a thumb-turn on the interior.
Double cylinder deadbolts are ideal for placing on a door with glass or an entrance that has glass windows within reaching distance of the door. A double cylinder deadbolt includes key slots on both sides so a would-be intruder can't just break a window to unlock the door. A double cylinder deadbolt is becoming increasingly against code, though, since it wouldn't be easy to open a door in case of an emergency, like a fire.
Electronic deadbolts are the future of door hardware. This innovative deadbolt eliminates the need to carry a house key and grants access with a code of your choice. All electronic deadbolts have a low battery indicator to prevent you from being without your key if the battery dies. Also, most electronic deadbolts allow for multiple codes as well as temporary codes, so giving a guest or maintenance worker another code can easily be changed or deactivated after they have used it.
Commercial deadbolts are designed for use and function. These deadbolts are created with durability in mind as they are subjected to thousands of cycles overtime. The other differences between residential and commercial deadbolts are their design and beauty. Commercial deadbolts are available in many different sizes, styles, and finishes depending on the application.
Deadbolts offer three different grades of security. A Grade 3 deadbolt offers the lowest level of protection available, as rated by the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA). Grade 1 deadbolts, however, offer superior strength, performance, and are a great choice for added security. Grade 2 is your middle-of-the-road deadbolt for good strength and performance.
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