When choosing locks for your home, did you know there are different kinds to choose from? Most people do not, and go with the first choice given. However, it is worth taking a look at the four most common locks before making a decision on which one to get.
Knob locks are one of the more common locks, and can be found on most types of doors. Knob locks have knobs on both sides, with one containing a lock while the other usually has a keyhole to unlock it with.
Deadbolts add a bit more security to the mix by adding a metal rod that goes into a door jam. They do not have a knob, only a lock on the inside and a keyhole on the outside. There are different types, such as a single deadbolt and a captive deadbolt, and are quite popular among homeowners who want to secure their front doors.
Keyless locks have grown in popularity, especially since they do not require a key to enter the house and instead use a code and a keypad. That makes it convenient for people who do not wish to carry a lot of keys or if they have someone they trust going over and want to let them in while they are not home.
Lever handles are like knob locks, however instead of traditional knobs, they contain a lever that is pushed down to open. A lock and keyhole are still required, and are normally on opposite sides of each other. Most people use these types of levers on French doors or doors that lead to a recreational area. They are considered to add a bit of style not found with some traditional knob locks.
As with any type of lock, you can also check with a locksmith to find one that matches your needs.