Choosing New Security Doors and Locks

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These electronic locks can be installed on hinged doors as well as sliders and bi-fold doors. Say goodbye to the bars that fit between the door and jamb and serve as “locks” on many sliding doors.

The good news: doors with conventional key locks can be retrofitted with electronic locks. If you have never installed an electronic lock, it’s a good idea to have an experienced contractor do it.

Electronic locks come in all sorts of styles and finishes, but the key consideration is quality. The very best locks use finger imprint technology, but they cost hundreds of dollars and may be more high-end than most homeowners want or need.

Digital deadbolt locks that operate by entering a code on a keypad are popular and affordable. Most models have the option of adding additional codes.

Keyless remote door locks are somewhat misnamed. You still need a key – or a key fob, to be exact – to open the lock. A click on the fob operates the lock in the same way a garage door is opened.

Whichever electronic lock you choose, be prepared to spend a bit more than you would for a conventional lock. You’re paying for convenience and additional security.

Keeping your home secure doesn’t end with a good lock. While sliding patio doors were once considered susceptible to break-ins, today’s patio doors are sturdier. Intruders have a more difficult time damaging today’s heavier-grade aluminum sliders.

New screens made of steel mesh screens are also tougher to cut through.

Want to learn more about keeping your home secure with quality locks and sliding doors? Call A-1 On Track, the sliding door contractors, at 408-866-0267 today.

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