What to Consider before Replacing a Deadbolt?

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Do you plan to rekey the locks in your home and replace the deadbolt? If someone has access to your home, rekeying the locks is a smart move. However, there are a few things you should consider before replacing deadbolts. Keep reading to learn more. 

Do You Need a Deadbolt or a New Door?

Usually, homeowners replace an existing deadbolt because they want to increase their home’s security. However, if the door the deadbolt is installed on is compromised in some way or flimsy, a heavy-duty deadbolt may not be enough to prevent a break-in. Before installing a new deadbolt, be sure to look at your door and consider its condition. Would it be sturdy enough to prevent someone from breaking in? If the answer is no, it’s a good idea to invest in a new solid wood or steel door. You can add the stronger deadbolt after the new door is in place. 

Is the New Deadbolt Going to Work on Your Door?

It doesn’t matter if you plan to keep your current door or replace it with a newer, stronger one; you need to determine if the deadbolt will work with your door. While you may think that any deadbolt can be used on any door, this isn’t the case. A few mechanics must be considered and purchasing a deadbolt that doesn’t work with your door is a waste of your money. 

Many people try to install deadbolts without understanding all the mechanical aspects of the process. Because of this, you may wind up damaging your door or the deadbolt itself if you don’t consider if it will work first. 

If you purchase a deadbolt and are unsure if it will work for your door, or if you don’t know how to install it, it’s a good idea to call a professional locksmith. They will make sure the job is done properly while helping you save time and money. 

Is an Electrical or Mechanical Deadbolt Best?

In the automated world we live in today, it isn’t too surprising that you can purchase both electric and mechanical deadbolts. Some homeowners like the additional features and convenience offered by electric deadbolts. It allows you to use your smartphone or a keypad to access it. You can also tie the locks to your security system. While this is beneficial for some, you must decide if it is something you want to deal with. For many, a traditional, manual deadbolt is still the best option. 

What Measurements Do You Need to Know?

Regardless of the type of deadbolt you choose, you need to measure carefully to ensure the parts you purchase will work with your doorframe and door. Deadbolts are no use to you if they don’t fit properly or if the pieces aren’t properly aligned. 

Keeping Your Home Secure 

Replacing your deadbolt can be a great way to increase your home’s security. While this is true, you need to consider the factors above to ensure you don’t run into unexpected issues.