In every field, people ask questions such as this. Like many fields, locksmithing is context driven. The question of who makes the best door lock depends entirely on what it’s being used for. Doors that are meant to keep people in rather than out, for example, use completely different locking mechanisms than those meant to secure a home or an office. Further, the level of protection can be significantly dependent on budget. Here, we’ll talk about some common locking mechanisms and which can provide the best protection for a reasonable price.
Common in nearly every household in America, the slip-bolt lock uses a spring to keep the locking mechanism in place. They offer only a basic level of security – they will keep the door closed and locked, but those who are determined to enter need only basic skills to disable such a lock. A non-key device can be used to release the spring, or for a more direct approach, the knob can simply be smashed from the door.
Deadbolt locks come in two varieties. The common horizontal deadbolt and the less common vertical deadbolt. They each use a similar mechanism – a knob-less external face makes the inner workings of the lock difficult to interfere with without a key or lockpicking knowledge. There is no hardware to smash to release the lock. However, because the horizontal lock pushes into the frame in only one spot, it’s possible to pry the door apart from the frame far enough to disengage the lock. The vertical deadbolt makes this much more difficult, as the vertical resistance is greatly increased.
Anti-drill systems are available for both slip-bolt and deadbolt locks. They are also commonly seen in vault and safe locking systems. They include special hardware meant to wear out the drill bit as it tries to penetrate the lock. They are generally made of stainless steel, but other, more durable substances may be included for additional security. These locks are sold specifically by manufacturers – you cannot add anti-drill functionality to your existing locks without replacing them.
Combination and Pad Locks
Some areas don’t need the same sealing security used on a home’s front door. In these cases, padlocks and combination locks may be sufficient. Ideal for barns, fences, lockers, or other areas that may not need as much security, these locks are often rugged and durable. However, because their securing mechanism is external, they can easily be cut with bolt cutters. They’ll prevent the flippant would-be thief from gaining access to your possessions, but little else.
If you have any questions or concerns about different locks or locking mechanisms, don’t hesitate to contact us. There are a number of solutions not listed here, particularly keyless systems, as found on garage doors, and electronic/magnetic locking systems. If you’d like more information about those systems, drop in and take a look at them. We’d be happy to demonstrate how they work.