All The Information You Need About Deadbolts – Which One Is The Right For Your Home O Business, Reviews, Prices & More.

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Deadbolts – Introduction to what deadbolts are.

How to choose the right deadbolt? Things to consider before buying a deadbolt lock.

What is the best deadbolt brand?

I want to buy a new deadbolt. What options do I have? Pros, cons, estimated cost and more.

What type of deadbolts are available? Can you explain the differences, pros, and cons of each type?

Deadbolts – Review of most common deadbolts, prices and more.

 

 

Introduction:

Deadbolt is basically a type of lock that uses a bolt that goes into the door frame and can only be operated with a key. These locks are not spring operated and therefore can’t be opened with a Credit card, knife, or any other tool that can be used to open a doorknob which is a spring operated lock.

 

Therefore, the deadbolt is the best and most common way to secure houses, offices and more.

Although there are many types of deadbolts for residential and commercial use, they all operated by the same idea: A metal bolt that goes into the door frame.

The most common deadbolt is single cylinder deadbolt, double cylinder deadbolt, and one-sided deadbolt.

 

Some can be opened with a key, some with a fingerprint, some with your cell phone, some with a keypad and some will allow you a few codes to be used even for certain hours.

Depending on your needs, we have gathered all the information you need.

 

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How to choose the right deadbolt? Things to consider before buying a deadbolt lock.

  • First, estimate what is your budget. Keep in mind that the price of the lock is higher if you buy from a locksmith. In addition, try to calculate the total price, including installation by a locksmith if necessary.
  • Second, figure out what level of security you really need or for business, required by law. Often people tend to buy more expansive deadbolts without any good reason.
  • Third, think about the future. Will you need to do a lot of rekeying or let many people get into the house in the future? Will you need to change the locks again afterwards? If so, you may want to buy a deadbolt with is cheaper and easier to rekey. Alternatively, you can buy a high-security lock, which will be more expansive but can save you money in the future.
  • In addition, think about cases that may happen such as lock repair. The more unique the lock is, the more expensive it will be to repair. Moreover, the more functions the deadbolt has the more chances for malfunction.
  • Finally, remember that more expansive doesn’t necessarily mean better. There are many deadbolts in the market which haven’t changed. Simple, basic lock from Kwikset, Schlage or Defiant can do the job most of the time for most purposes.

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What is the best deadbolt brand?

It is hard to answer that question as it depends on your needs(home or office), your budget, your level of security you currently have and more.

However, for those of you who are looking for a quick answer and just want to install a good deadbolt, we collected out top two deadbolts for residential and commercial purposes.

Moreover, as our expert locksmiths reviewed, installed and repaired different deadbolts during the years, we find those two options to be the best. One for residential, and one for commercial.

Best residential deadbolt:

Schlage Camelot Keypad 

Price: $90-$100

Availability – Very common

Security – 2 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – Very easy

Can be opened with bump key? – Yes

Easy to rekey? – Yes

Schlage Camelot series deadbolt locks is a common deadbolt lock in the US. This type of lock provides good security and very convenient to use as it has a keypad with a key override.

Very often people use this lock on main entrances, as well as office doors. Combined with a doorknob it became a very good setup. This keypad deadbolt can be found online, hardware stores or locksmith shops.

The price is an average price for a keypad lock, and it comes with a lifetime warranty from Schlage.

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Best commercial deadbolt:

Mul-t-lock MT5+ Hercular Single Cylinder

Price: $240-$280

Availability – Common

Security – 5 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – very hard

Can be opened with bump key or pick tools? – No

Easy to rekey? – No

Mul-t-lock is one of the top sellers of high-security locks in the US.

It offers an excellent protection against pick, bump, drill and unauthorized key duplication.

Moreover, Mul-t-lock deadbolt provides an excellent protection against unauthorized duplication of keys, as well as bump and pick proof.

Therefore, Mul-t-lock single sided deadbolt is our top pick for commercial use.

It can be found online and as a special order from a locksmith.

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I want to buy a new deadbolt. What options do I have? How much does it cost?

Residential Deadbolt

Residential Deadbolt

Adding a new deadbolt for your home or office is relatively a quick and affordable process. There are a few options how you get can a new lock installed and we will discuss them below.

 

Here are the options you have:

  1. Call a locksmith and ask them to provide the deadbolt and do the installation.
  2. Order the deadbolt online/ buy it from a hardware store and install it yourself.
  3. Order the deadbolt online/ buy it from a hardware store and ask a locksmith to install it for you.

Let’s see the pros and cons of each option and the estimated cost involved.

 

Call a locksmith and ask them to provide the deadbolt and do the installation.

A locksmith carries a variety of deadbolts. Some are basic, some are more secure. In addition, most locksmiths provide mobile service and therefore they can come to your home or office, and complete the job within an hour or two.

Moreover, they can come and give you on-site evaluation, and decide with you, according to your needs and budget, what is the best solution for you.

Furthermore, most chances they will be able to rekey, on-site, your new lock to match the other locks at the house, which will make it easier for you.

Bottom line, this is the “safe way” to go. Let the professional do his job, but be ready to pay for the service, installation, and product more than you would normally pay.

Pros:

  1. Very convenient – No hassle in ordering the lock, or choosing the wrong keyway etc. This is something the locksmith will take care of on site.
  2. Installation – Most deadbolts are not too hard to install. However, some people may find it more convenient to let a professional do it the right way, especially when a hole needs to be drilled or adjustment are needed.
  3. Warranty – A reputable locksmith should provide warranty on the product, as well as on the service. Should something goes wrong, you can always call them back to solve the problem.
  4. The right solution – A locksmith can give you advice on the right solution you really need as they can see on site the problem, the setup and more. This can actually save you money in the long run.

Cons:

  1. Cost – Calling a locksmith involves a higher cost. You will have to pay for the service call, labor and probably a higher price for the lock than you would have if you bought it yourself.
  2. Availability of locks – Locksmith do carry a variety of locks with them, but only the most common ones. In case you want a special design or finish, it would be a good idea to either discuss it with the locksmith before or buy it yourself.

The estimated cost of buying a deadbolt, including installation from a locksmith:

Service call  – $19-$40, depends on time, day etc.

Price of lock – $20-$40, for most basic locks

Installation – $20-$50, depends on the door, lock etc.

Bottom line, expect to pay somewhere between $60-$130 for a basic doorknob, including installation.

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Order the deadbolt online/ buy it from a hardware store and install it yourself.

 

This option is the cheapest way to go. For most residential and simple deadbolts, as long as no hole needs to be drilled, this should be a relatively easy task.

However, it is only recommended for people who actually feel comfortable with tools and only for basic, non-commercial deadbolts installation as those require additional adjustments most times.

Pros:

  1. Cost – As mentioned, the cheapest way to go. Just choose your lock online, or buy it at the hardware store and all the rest do yourself.
  2. Do it at your own pace – No need to be depended on a locksmith and/or their availability.
  3. Total price – You know the total price as it is only the price of the lock.
  4. Choose the lock you want – You can take your time, research and find exactly the deadbolt you like and shouldn’t be dependent on the locksmith’s inventory.

Cons:

  1. Time – This process takes more time as you need to either go buy the lock or order it online, which may delay the process.
  2. No warranty – Sometimes people tend to try and install the lock themselves and therefore facing some difficulties with the lock, and even damaging it. In this case, your warranty may not work.
  3. Rekey – In case you decide to install the doorknob yourself you may need to rekey the deadbolt yourself as well, which most people cant do alone.
  4. Damage – This is important especially when a hole needs to be drilled or adjustments are necessary. Be very careful not to damage the door while you install or adjust the doorknob.

The estimated cost of buying a doorknob, and install it yourself:

Price of lock – $15-$35, for most basic locks.

Bottom line, the cheapest way, only takes time, patient and basic knowledge of tools.

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Order the deadbolt online/ buy it from a hardware store and ask a locksmith to install it for you.

 

The last option is ideal for those who are not in an urgent need to install the new deadbolt, have the time to look for the right lock and wants the installation to be done by a professional.

In addition, you can always send the locksmith a picture of the door, and the new lock, to get an estimate for the labor, which makes the process faster.

Pros:

  1. Cost – As mentioned, buying the lock yourself can save you some money.
  2. Installation and warranty – It is always recommended to do the installation by a professional. Moreover, you can have a peace of mind that if something goes wrong, you have someone to talk to.
  3. Choose the lock you want – You can take your time, research and find exactly the doorknob you like and shouldn’t be dependent on the locksmith’s inventory.
  4. Rekey – In case you decide to match your new lock to your existing locks, the locksmith can do it on site as well.

Cons:

  1. Time – This process takes more time as you need to either go buy the lock or order it online, which may delay the process.
  2. Limited warranty – Remember, the locksmith can only guarantee their work, not the function of the lock.

The estimated cost of buying a deadbolt, and have a locksmith install it:

Price of lock – $15-$35, for most basic locks.

Service call  – $19-$40, depends on time, day etc.

Installation – $20-$50, depends on the door, lock etc.

Bottom line, expect to pay somewhere between $50-$90 for a basic deadbolt, including installation.

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What type of deadbolts are available? Can you explain the differences, pros, and cons of each type?

 

Choosing the right deadbolt for your home, office or apartment building can be confusing.

Therefore, we gather here the most common type of deadbolts, their functions, cost, security review and more.

 

Single sided lock:

The most common type of deadbolt, for both residential and commercial.

Simply explained, it can be operated from the outside, and a flip that can be operated from the inside of the house/ office.

In addition, there are many types of single-sided deadbolts. The main difference if the way the can be opened from the outside. For example, The most common way is with a key. However, some can be open with a keypad e.g. a combination of numbers that unlock the bolt, some can be opened with a fingerprint, and some can even open remotely.

 

Moreover, depends on your needs, some of them can be unlocked with more than one way, e.g. a keypad deadbolt with a key override. These extra functions are mostly used for businesses who want control of who and when can access a certain room/office/building.

 

What are the pros and cons of single-sided locks?

Pros:

  1. Provides good security.
  2. Reduces the chances of lockout situation. Single sided deadbolt, like all deadbolt, requires a key to lock and unlock the lock and therefore you cant accidentally lock yourself out.
  3. Single sided deadbolt locks are available in many colors, shapes, and designs.
  4. Easy to install – most basic deadbolt locks are easy to operate and install
  5. Availability – Single sided deadbolts are available in all hardware stores, locksmith shops and online.

Cons:

  1. Can be picked, drilled and bump – Depends on the type of deadbolt, most single-sided deadbolts can be bumped and picked.
  2. Needs to be combined with a doorknob – single-sided deadbolts cant stand alone. Additional lock, such as doorknob or passage lock will have to be installed.

 

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Double-sided locks:

Double-sided deadbolts are deadbolts that have a key function from both sides. In other words, to lock and unlock the deadbolt you will need to have a key, regardless if you are inside or outside of the house.

IMPORTANT:

In some states/ counties, double-sided deadbolt requires authorization from the fire department to be installed. This is a security measure in case of a fire that may be much harder to vacant since a key is required to unlock the deadbolt from the inside as well. We highly recommend discussing the issue with the relevant professionals BEFORE installing a double sided deadbolt.

 

What are the pros and cons of double-sided locks?

Pros:

  1. Provides good security.
  2. Double-sided deadbolt locks are available in many colors, shapes, and designs.
  3. Easy to install – most basic deadbolt locks are easy to operate and install
  4. Availability – Double sided deadbolts are available in all hardware stores, locksmith shops and online.

Cons:

  1. Increases the chances of “in home “lockout situation. The double-sided lock requires a key to unlock the door from the inside. Therefore, if you lost your keys at home, you will have a problem to get out.
  2. Can be picked, drilled and bump – Depends on the type of lock, most single-sided locks can be bumped and picked.
  3. Needs to be combined with a doorknob – single-sided locks can’t stand alone. Additional lock, such as doorknob or passage lock will have to be installed.
  4. Safety issue – in cases of emergency, double-sided locks may cause a delay in your ability to vacant the house since it requires a key to unlock from the inside.

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One-sided locks:

One-sided deadbolts are deadbolts that have a don’t have any key functions from any sides. They can only be operated from the inside of the house.

In addition, people from the outside can’t know you actually have a deadbolt installed which may add extra security and privacy.

 

What are the pros and cons of one-sided locks?

Pros:

  1. Provides good security.
  2. Single sided deadbolt locks are available in many colors, shapes, and designs.
  3. Easy to install – most basic deadbolt locks are easy to operate and install
  4. Availability – Double sided deadbolts are available in all hardware stores, locksmith shops and online.
  5. Provide extra privacy – You can lock the deadbolt from the inside, and no one can open it form they outside since there is no indication that it is installed.

Cons:

  1. Needs to be combined with a doorknob – One sided deadbolts can’t stand alone. Additional lock, such as doorknob or passage lock will have to be installed.
  2. Security – You can only operate one sided deadbolt from the inside. Therefore, once you go out, you can’t lock it. It may be a wise move to add a regular deadbolt for extra security against break-ins.

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Deadbolts – Review

 

Now that we have a basic idea about deadbolts, we will go over the most common locks that are available in the market for residential and commercial use.

 

We choose a variety of deadbolts from different manufacturers that ( for a more detailed, complete list, you can choose by brand)

 

Kwikset 660 Single Cylinder

 

 

Price: $10-$20

Availability – very common

Security – 2 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – very easy

Can be opened with bump key or pick tools? – yes

Easy to rekey? – yes

 

Kwikset single sided is one of the most deadbolts locks in the US.

In addition, this type of deadbolt provides a good basic security and when combined with a doorknob. This deadbolt can be found in every hardware store, locksmith shop and online.

 

Kwikset deadbolt is a 5 pins doorknob, a standard security for residential use.

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Schlage Single-Cylinder Deadbolt

 

Price: $20-$30

Availability – very common

Security – 2 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – very easy

Can be opened with bump key or pick tools? – yes

Easy to rekey? – yes

 

Schlage single sided deadbolt is also very common deadbolt lock in the US.

This type of deadbolt provides a basic security and is a bit harder to pick than the Kwikset deadbolt. Therefore, very often people use this deadbolt on main entrances, combines with Schlage door knob lock.  This deadbolt can be found in every hardware store, locksmith shop and online.

 

Schlage deadbolt is a 5 pins deadbolt, a standard security for residential use.

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Defiant double-Cylinder lock

 

Price: $50-$60

Availability –common

Security – 2 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – very easy

Can be opened with bump key or pick tools? – yes

Easy to rekey? – yes

 

Defiant double-sided lock, along with Kwikset and Schlage double cylinder locks, is a common deadbolt lock in the US.

 

This type of deadbolt provides some extra security since it has keys from both sides. Therefore, it is often being used on main entrances for businesses or residential, combines with an additional doorknob lock. This deadbolt can be found in most hardware store, locksmith shop and online.

 

Defiant lock is a 5 pins deadbolt, a standard security for residential use.

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Kwikset One Sided

Price: $10

Availability – very common

Security – 2 out of 5

Duplicate extra keys – very easy

Can be opened with bump key or pick tools? – yes

Easy to rekey? – yes

 

Kwikset one-sided deadbolt is a basic, simple solution for those who are interested in extra privacy.

 

This type of deadbolt provides basic security and privacy and therefore often being used on main entrances for residential, combines with an additional door knob lock and/or deadbolt.

This deadbolt can be found in most hardware store, locksmith shop and online.

 

Kwikset one sided deadbolt is a 5 pins deadbolt, a standard security for residential use.

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