About Me

First Things First

When you move into your first house, you might be tempted to order new furniture or carpets for your place instead of attending to more important matters. Unfortunately, if you overlook home security, you might be left wondering if your family is safe while you are away. As a lock enthusiast, I always tell new homeowners that the first thing they should do is to rekey their entire house. Believe it or not, the process is relatively inexpensive and easy, so you won't have to worry about breaking the bank to protect your new investment. Read my website to find out more.

First Things First

Six Different Types Of Commerical Locks

by Katie Davis

If you're in the market for a new lockset for your business, you may very well be confused by all of the different types of locks on the market today. You undoubtedly are looking for security, but you also want a lockset that's easy for both your employees and your customers to operate. There's really no one right answer as to what type of lock is best for your business. The lock that's right for you depends on your location, you budget, your type of business and how you use the door.

Types of commercial locks

1. Padlocks. Sometimes the simplest locks are the best for your door. A combination or a keyed padlock can keep your storage unit, equipment yard or job site secure without a lot of expense. Since this type of lock is portable, it's ideal for temporary locations, such as seasonal fairs or construction sites.

2. Deadbolts. Deadbolt locks are another time-honored style of entrance lock. These locks combine a keyed knob entry with a bolt that connects with the door frame, making it impossible to gain entry by simply picking the key lock. Deadbolts are made with a thumb turning mechanism or another keyed lock on the interior side.

3. Rim locks. A rim lock is one that attaches to the plane of the door. These locks, generally used for interior doors, are the ones you see on restored buildings. They are operated by a key that fits directly into the lock mechanism, not into the knob.

4. Cam locks. Cam locks are small cylinder locks that can fit in tight places while still offering a good measure of security. These circular locks are often used on the edges of glass doors.

5. Digital locks. One of the newer types of locks are those that require those entering the door to key in a digital code rather than have a key. This type of system has the the advantage of letting you change the code frequently and/or when someone leaves the company. It's a lot easier to change a code than to collect and re-distribute keys.

6. Fingerprint and eyeprint locks. If high security is an issue for your business, you might want to consider a fingerprint or eyeprint entry system. These locks are only set to open when the unique fingerprint or eyeprint of the person scanned by the lock is listed among the lock's authorized users. While these types of locks are among the most expensive, the offer a degree of security unattainable by other types of locks.

Choosing the lock that's right for your business doesn't have to be an impossible task. Just take a few minutes to evaluate your budget, how you use the door and what level of security you need. For further assistance, contact professionals, such as those from Hicks Safes & Locks Inc.