Everything you need to know about Deadbolt locks
The deadbolt Lock is most commonly used for residential purposes and there are many variations. This Lock mechanism functions with a horizontal bolt that slides left or right and extracts from the door into a stationary locking position with the bolt housed inside of the frame. The portion of the frame which houses the bolt must be hollowed out during most fresh installations which require drilling holes into the door for placement of the Deadbolt Lock. The term dead in the name deadbolt means that the bolt is locked into position and cannot be forcibly pushed back into place ( Referring to the open position ). The lock will only function with the key or thumb turn threw manual efforts.
Here are the basics that make up a Deadbolt Lock.
The Deadbolt is a self contained circular unit which is made from several types of metal usually steel or brass and it is home to a cylindrical round metallic plate that houses a key-way ( for key insertion ) which is called the core. This allows for entry and works with a key and when inserted it will allow the user to lock or unlock the Deadbolt from the exterior side of the door. On the inside we have a round metal plate with a metallic switch known as the thumb turn. The thumb- turn acts as the locking and unlocking mechanism on the interior side of the door and is usually one inch in diameter. This allows the user to operate the Deadbolt lock by hand. Both the interior and exterior housing of the deadbolt contain two slim flat metal rods known as a tail piece. The tail piece extends from the inside of the lock and inserts threw the bolt and is responsible for controlling the bolt. ( A tail piece may slightly differ depending on the brand of the lock and on high security products ).
Single or Double Sided
Deadbolts come with two possible security functions. They come in single which is referenced above and double sided. Double sided dead bolts use a key from both sides of the door and are typically found on a door containing glass paneling. The purpose is to prevent someone that has broke the glass on the door from obtaining entry by using the thumb turn. Many municipalities deter consumers from purchasing double sided deadbolts as they are considered to be a fire hazard. This is do to the inability to open the door without a key which suggests that a person can get trapped if they cannot find they key and the door is lock is bolted.
When purchasing a deadbolt lock it is important to assess your security and discuss with a professional Locksmith the proper security measures to take. Most Locks come with different levels of protection for you to choose from ( Standard security and High security ). High security deadbolt locks are made to resist attempts of theft at a much higher level. They are produced of a higher grade metal which is resistant to drilling threw the lock and they are also resistant and virtually impossible to lock pic. Many commercial and residential complexes like to use these locks on there doors because they offer key restriction that makes it highly difficult to make a copy of a key with out the management’s permission. this is to reduce the flow of keys that are distributed to people that do not reside on the premises.
Please keep in mind that there is no guarantee and nothing is 100% burglar proof. The better the lock the better your security. You can greatly deter theft and illegal entry with a high quality lock and limit your chances of falling prey to an intruder with the proper security measures in Place.