Having the proper locks on doors to your home is the first thing you should do to protect your home and family. Many times, simply eliminating easy access to your home and personal belongings is a good deterrent to crime. While you’ve probably used many different locks throughout your lifetime, you may not know exactly how all of them function. At 24/7 Locksmith, we can help you with any lockout, rekeying needs or other locksmith services.

The cylindrical lock is the most common lock used. The lock fits into a hole bored into the door while the latch fits into a hole drilled into the side of the door. This convenient and simple lock system is available in a variety of models with some built for heavy-duty use and others for light use. These locks have an inner and outer trim like tubular locks, which are lightweight versions of cylindrical locks.

Many homes use cylindrical locks paired with a deadbolt on entryway doors. While cylindrical locks are paired with a lever or knob to open the door itself, deadbolts are lock bolts that are opened or closed with a key or knob. Single cylinder deadbolts have a knob on one side and are operated with a key on the other, and double cylinder deadbolts can be operated with a key on both sides. These locks provide higher security because they don’t use spring latches, which can be forcefully opened with a knife or key. If your entryway door has windows near the locks, using a double cylinder deadbolt can help prevent access by breaking a window and turning the knob on the inside.

If you are used to the heavy-duty doors in many businesses, you may have noticed that the locks used aren’t always the standard cylindrical locks you might use in your home. That’s because a lot of commercial buildings use Mortise locks, which are heavy-duty and designed to handle frequent use without breaking down. To install the lock, a pocket must be cut into the door. This type of lock consists of the lock body, trims and levers for operation. The handle that is in the inside of the commercial space is mostly free turning to allow for fast exits in emergencies. Plus, the lock cylinder is easy to remove and replace for rekeying. This is beneficial in cases where multiple individuals might have keys to the building. If even one key is lost, the lock can quickly be rekeyed to ensure no security risks.

While each type of lock has their popular uses, you can use whichever makes sense for you. For example, if you have your forever home and want a heavy-duty lock, you might consider a Mortise lock for your residence. No matter your preference, 24/7 Locksmith LLC offers both lock changes and re-keying services, so give us a call today! We are proud to serve Central Kentucky, including Lexington, Nicholasville, Richmond and Winchester. With service from our locksmiths, you can rest assured that the safety and security of your home are taken care of.