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Deadbolt lock types

There are so many deadbolt lock types on the market that you may be wondering: what is the best for your home or office? Here at Reliable Locksmith in Minneapolis, we know that our clients worry about ending up with a deadbolt that isn’t up to par for their security needs. Or, sometimes, they may wonder whether the price tag for a certain deadbolt is really justified.

In this article, we’ll talk about what you need to know about deadbolt lock types so that you end up with the right one!

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But first, a note on deadbolt lock grades

There are many different configurations of deadbolts, but something you should always keep an eye on is the ANSI grade:

  • Grade 3: This is the lowest grade of deadbolts, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not secure. These types of deadbolts are appropriate for internal doors and most residential settings.
  • Grade 2: This is a higher security rating, and is appropriate for most storefronts, restaurants, storage rooms, and residential areas that could use a bit of extra protection.
  • Grade 1: This is the highest ANSI rating for deadbolt lock types, and is usually reserved for high security areas such as schools, hospitals, banks, and office buildings.

Not sure where your home or business falls in terms of the ANSI grading system? Our team at Reliable Locksmith can help you decide which level of deadbolt security you need. 

Now, let’s talk about the different deadbolt lock types:

One-sided deadbolt locks

These types of deadbolts don’t come with any kind of advanced technology. They are a standard deadbolt with a key on one side and a turnable lever on the other. 

They are ideal for back doors, garage doors, storage rooms, commercial bathrooms, etc.

Two-sided deadbolt locks (aka double-cylinder deadbolts)

Two-sided deadbolt locks are similar to one-sided in that they are manual locks that can be opened and closed with a key. But, the two-sided deadbolt has a keyhole on both sides.

This could be beneficial in the case that your door has a window in which an intruder could break the glass and open the door by reaching in and turning the lever. Double-cylinder deadbolts may also be appropriate in settings in which the safety of those inside the building requires an extra barrier. Children and sleepwalkers are two examples.

Sliding glass door deadbolt

If your home has a sliding glass door that opens up to the backyard or patio, having a deadbolt will give you peace of mind. These types of deadbolts are specially designed to be mounted on the narrow metal part of the door while still being strong enough to prevent forced entry.

IC deadbolt locks

IC stands for interchangeable core, meaning that the internal cylinder of these types of deadbolts can be changed quickly to work with a new set of keys. This doesn’t typically have much of an appeal for homeowners, but it can be a useful feature for property owners who may have new commercial tenants or have experienced a security breach such as a lost key.

Mortise deadbolts

A mortise lock is a very durable and traditional style of lock that you may see in residential or commercial settings. The lock itself is housed within a relatively large pocket (aka mortise) within the door itself, making it stronger and more difficult to manipulate as an intruder. 

Mortise deadbolt locks may not be as common in new constructions in the US as they are in other parts of the world, but they may still be a good option for your home or office in Minneapolis! And if you have a mortise lock on your older home, you’re actually in luck! These types of locks do sometimes need some repairs, but they are generally long-lasting and reliable types of deadbolts.

Keypad deadbolt lock types

Keypad deadbolts are some of the most popular types of locks on the market for both residential and commercial settings. This kind of deadbolt is opened using a passcode entered on buttons or a touchscreen on the exterior face of the device. 

There are many different styles of keypad locks depending on aesthetic, cost, durability, and the amount of programmable passcodes needed by the user. They are most popular on private homes, short-term rentals, and small to medium-sized businesses with low to moderate security needs.

Keycard deadbolts are also very similar to these types of locks, but can be opened with an identification card instead of a passcode. There are also versions that can be opened with a fingerprint.

Smart deadbolt lock types

Smart deadbolts are quickly becoming standard in both residential and commercial settings because of the added convenience, security, and ability to collect data and control the device remotely. 

Some smart deadbolt locks can be opened and closed from an app, while others can be routed to a surveillance room for remote access. The technology is advancing all the time, which means that there are smart deadbolt lock types for a range of different settings, from family homes to vacation homes to hospitals, warehouses, and more.

Smart deadbolts are likely to be compatible with alarm systems and can often monitor and record door openings. They can sometimes be programmed to lock automatically after a set period of time.

Reliable Locksmith can help you navigate different deadbolt lock types

If you’re still unsure of what kind of deadbolt you need, Reliable Locksmith can offer advice for your security needs. We work with homeowners, managers, and property owners in Columbia Heights, Golden Valley, Lauderdale, Powderhorn, Edina, and central Minneapolis to ensure that their deadbolt offers the best defense against security threats!

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