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Residential and Commercial locks – Introduction.
Security and privacy is a very important issue for us all. Often, it is a challenging task to choose the right security level for your home or business.
Often people who consider upgrading the level of their home or office get confused about the different type of locks that are available, level of security, grade, type of keys and more.
The first step would be to understand what is that you really need. Obviously, the needs of a new homeowner are totally different from the needs of a business owner who must follow the fire department requirements and have a Push bar- exit device- Panic bar installed.
Each year, many more locks and security products are added to an already long list of available products. Most times, these locks offer minor changes to an already existing lock.
Moreover, a more expansive lock doesn’t necessary means better security and/or better functions.
Here, we will explain how the best way to approach this task, from a consumer point of view (Budget, lack of information, type of locks etc.) and will answer from a professional locksmith point of view.
Security Locks – How to choose the right lock.
Here we will discuss the process of how to choose the right lock for your home or business.
This is a general explanation of the options you have and our recommendations. Of course, each business or homeowner has their own needs, but we believe this is relevant for most people.
- First, consider your budget. Understand how much you are willing to spend on a new lock or sets of locks and start research for locks within your budget. The good news is that usually under $50 you can have a good, basic lock for your home or business.
- In addition, consider your needs. It is important that the lock you choose, will have the functions you bought it for, but not more than that. For example, A business owner, who would like to have different people accessing some certain hours may need a combination lock. A homeowner who is only interested in a basic security and doesn’t plan to have any roommates would make a good choice by purchasing a Schlage or Kwikset deadbolt combined with a doorknob.
- Moreover, don’t be tempted to spend more money on locks and functions you don’t really need. For example, Five pins residential deadbolt is as secure as Fingerprint Bluetooth deadbolt, or keypad deadbolt, but cost about 1/7 the price. This twice before you buy an expansive lock. Most times they have no added value as far as security.
- Finally, consider the total $ amount you are about to spend. The lock is only one thing if you intend on calling a professional locksmith to install it for you, expect to pay an additional fee.
Calling a locksmith – Ten tips to remember before calling a locksmith
Locksmith is the natural choice when it comes to install, repair or rekey your locks. Here are a few things you should keep in mind before calling a locksmith. It may save you time, money and hassle
- First, decide if you want the locksmith to provide the lock, or you may want to buy it yourself on Amazon or hardware store and only have him install or rekey the locks. This can save you some money. If you are uncomfortable choosing the lock yourself, ask if they carry a variety of locks in their truck or if they have a store with a showroom.
- In addition, remember that a Locksmith usually works with specific providers and has its own inventory, not necessarily what you want or need. You might want to ask him if he has a specific lock or can order one.
- Moreover, if you are interested in a specific lock, remember to provide the color, style, and functions you want or need. Ordering the wrong lock may cause unnecessary delays.
- Ask for a quote – Always ask for a quote. When you do that, remember to mention the time of service, type of lock you are interested in, style, functions etc. In addition, remember that a locksmith usually charges a service call based on your location, time of day, weekend or not, and therefore the quote can change. Mention all those things and try to understand the approximate cost of the service.
- Furthermore, call in advance and make an appointment to make surer the locksmith is available for you. Reconfirm the appointment a day before to be on the safe side. You don’t want to take a day off from work only to find out the locksmith forgot about you. Mistakes happened.
- Consider maybe to order or buy the lock yourself, and have the locksmith only install it. Ask for a quote of labor (per hour, per lock etc.) and mention you already have a lock.
- Alternatively, ask what type of locks they carry and decide if you want a basic common lock which most chances they do carry with them or specific lock which may need to be ordered.
- Saying that, remember that it is, indeed, hard to get an exact quote. Each person or business owner may need a different lock or security products and therefore it may be a problem to get a definite answer.
- Beware of additional, unnecessary products you don’t really need. – Locksmith are in business to make money. While most locksmiths are decent people, like in any other business, some locksmiths may want to sell you additional, more expansive locks that you don’t really need. Understand what you need, and even though it’s always good to keep an open mind, don’t go over your budget and needs.
- Finally, ask the locksmith about a warranty on the products and services.
Locks security levels/ grades – What is a lock security grade? How and why is it matter to me?
Locks security grade is basically a way to describe a lock quality and durability. Therefore, it is mostly used by locksmiths and only relevant for people who need to keep up with a certain standard about their business security. Moreover, it is not a way to describe a lock security level, which is often being confused with.
The Industry standard is ANSI and is divided into 3 groups:
- Grade 1 – The highest level of durability and quality
- Grade 2 – intermediate level of durability and quality
- Grade 3 – a basic level of durability and quality
It is important to mention that for most residential customers, grade 3 is sufficient for basic security. Grades 2&3 are mostly for businesses.
Price check – How much does it cost to install/ get a new doorknob, deadbolt?
Now you have decided to upgrade or install new locks on your home or business. You know your needs, decided on the type of lock you want or need (deadbolt, doorknob etc.) and you have to decide about how much money you should spend on a new lock.
Below, we did a research about the prices of new locks, with and without installation. Please keep in mind that these prices may vary, depends on the type of lock, service you use, time of day etc.
Generally speaking, you have three ways to get new locks:
- Buy a new lock at a hardware store.
- Order a new lock online on Amazon.com or similar.
- Call a locksmith.
Let’s go over each and every option and see the average prices. We choose the most common locks, which are deadbolt and doorknob. However, you can get a good idea about the estimated cost of other locks based on these two.
- Hardware store – Basic lock at the hardware store should cost between $15-$40, depends on the type of lock, brand etc. In addition, you should consider the installation. In case you decide to do the installation yourself or calling a locksmith to install it for you. A locksmith usually charges a service fee ($19-$40) plus labor, usually about $40. Therefore, this is the cheapest option for you. Bottom line: between $15-$120.
- Order the lock online – Not a big change from buying at the hardware store, maybe a few $ less. Therefore, the bottom line is somewhere between $10-$100.
- Calling a locksmith – Buying the lock for a locksmith should cost somewhere between $25-$70 for basic locks. In addition to that, there is the labor and service call fee and therefore the price should be somewhere between $100-$150.