Doors locks are an integral part of any building’s security – home or workplace. More so during the holidays when offices are closed and homeowners are vacationing. If you haven’t paid attention to your door locks in recent times, it is time to check on them and replace those that are not good in shape. If you are short on time or would rather have a professional look at them, contact us or call us right away at 0492 360 504. We’ll have a thorough look at all the security locks at your premises and action anything that needs attention.
If you think you need new door locks, the next question is – “How can I choose the best door lock?”. Here’s your answer.
How to choose the best door lock?
Deadbolts, handle sets, padlocks, digital locks- Many kinds of locks are available in the market, and each has its own functionalities. When you browse for a door lock, you may get easily confused. However, five simple factors can help you make the right decision.
- The material of the lock
- Your budget
- Warranty offers
- Security features
- Customer reviews
1. The material of the lock
As it is with all products, the quality of the material decides the quality of the lock. Metal and plastic are among the most commonly used core materials for door locks, and they have their own pros and cons. Metals’ durability makes it an attractive option, especially for long-term use. Metal locks are very effective against forced entries and prevent break-in attempts. When properly maintained, they will stay resistant to corrosion, so you won’t have to worry even if you live in a humid area.
On the other hand, plastic is popular owing to its lower costs. These locks also come in varying shapes and sizes that offer different levels of protection. However, we always recommend the most sturdy locks for your safety and are very particular about the products that we suggest to our customers.
Your budget is an essential factor to consider when purchasing door locks. In Australia, you can find locks that have prices ranging from less than $100 to even tens of thousands. While quality is often associated with a higher price, it doesn’t have to be the case all the time. Depending on your home security needs and your budget, you can buy inexpensive temporary locks or high-tech locks with biometric scanning features.
At Echidna Lock and Key, we believe that safety scores over price. Speak to us today if you need a good door lock that is within your budget and meets security needs.
3. Security features
When it comes to door lock functionalities, the more, the merrier. There are door locks with built-in alarms that will be extremely useful if you live in a burglary-prone area. Some electromagnetic locks have sensor features that will alert you of intruders. High-tech locks will notify you of break-in attempts remotely so that you can request police services immediately. Through additional security features like these, you’ll be able to elevate your home security further.
4. Warranty offers
Always check the warranty details before you decide on a door lock. Having a warranty not only provides you with the assurance that if something goes wrong, you’ll receive the required servicing but also allows you to save money. Good quality door locks usually have a five-year warranty. So, if someone tries to sell a lock that only has a one-year warranty, it’ll be better if you steer clear of them.
5. Customer reviews
The best way to learn a product’s worth is through customer reviews. You can find reviews of a certain brand or a particular set of locks they offer by searching on Google, talking to a professional locksmith or even by asking your friends and acquaintances. They will give you a clearer idea of how well the product performs, its longevity, and customer service quality. So, if you find a door lock you like, make sure you check the reviews before buying it.
Choosing door locks is a task that’s harder than it seems. We hope these five tips were insightful, and you’ll be able to choose the best door locks for your home using them. If you’re in Parkwood or Riverton, or any of the Perth suburbs and need more guidance on buying and installing door locks, don’t hesitate to contact us. Echidna Lock & Key offers reliable locksmith services for all of Perth.
Read our blog on tips for front door security.