Door Security

Protection from unwanted guests

Your home is where you spend a lot of your time, so it only makes sense that it should be a place where you feel safe and secure. There are a number of door security options which can help prevent unwanted individuals from entering your home without your consent.

The term lockset is used to describe a door's complete lock system hardware. Locksets should be changed whenever you move into a new house, or if your lockset is starting to wear out. Obviously, if your home's security becomes compromised, you should change it then, too.

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Deadbolt Locks

Deadbolt locks are said to be the strongest form of door security next to actual security systems. They are available in single-cylinder models and double-cylinder models, and they are easy to install on virtually any door. Single-cylinder deadbolts have a lock cylinder on the exterior side that requires key entry and a handle on the inside that unlocks manually. The less common double-cylinder deadbolts require a key on both sides for unlocking and locking.

Deadbolts are typically sold as part of a kit that includes all the equipment you'll need to install a deadbolt on your door, including the lock cylinders, handle, latch, strike plate and the necessary screws.

Security Chains

While they don't provide the same degree of security as deadbolt locks (and you should never rely solely on these to secure your home), security chains do make homes significantly safer. They allow you to open your front door about five inches, so that you can identify the visitor from a safe distance.

Peep Holes

Peep holes provide home owners with peace of mind. They are small holes that are drilled through doors and fitted with a special glass that allows residents to get a magnified view of the exterior of their entry door.

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