When you move in a new house, or you remodel it, you probably end up thinking about cabinet hardware products, but you also think about the locks of the house, which are of great importance. These are the main line of defense against any potential intruders, so some thought should go into choosing them.
Picking the right hardware
When it comes to making a home safe, using the right deadbolt is very important these days. A lock that is placed inside a knob isn’t exactly safe and guaranteed to offer you all the protection. Force is sufficient to break them, but if you use a deadbolt than you are much more secure.
When it comes to choosing a deadbolt, you can pick from one of the two main types, the double and the single cylinder. A deadbolt with a single cylinder will come with a thumb or knob turn in the inside, while using a key for the outside. With the double cylinder, a key is needed for both sides.
For a door that is in the exterior, you should probably choose something with just one cylinder, as a matter of safety. If a fire happens, or any other type of emergency, you need to be able to get out of the house fast. Otherwise, you risk remaining trapped, if the key isn’t close by. With a regular doorknob combined with a single cylinder deadbolt, people can’t go inside the house without a key, but they can leave the house easily.
The one time when you shouldn’t use single cylinder deadbolts for exterior doors is when there are windows on those doors. The glass can be easily broken by the intruder, who could reach the knob and open the door without a key after that. Ideally, safety should be your main concern, but if you have windows on your door, you should probably go with the double cylinder deadbolt.
When it comes to windows, you might think that locks are useless, since the burglar needs only to break the glass to get inside. That’s true, but in most cases burglars will prefer to enter a window than to break it, making noise and risking cutting themselves in the process. Every single window on the first floor should have locks on it.