A1 Lock and Safe can help you protect your home! Notably, we sell safes where you can store firearms and your most prized possessions in the event that you are robbed. Thankfully, A1 Lock and Safe specializes in changing locks, making duplicate keys, and more for your safety. If you so much as suspect that someone could break into your home or office because your locks are faulty, let our Durham locksmiths know and we will replace your keys and locks for an affordable price. Contact us today to get started!

So what is a deadbolt? A deadbolt lock is a steel bolt that extends into the door jamb and strike plate of a door frame. This makes it more difficult to open the door with force. There are three basic parts of any deadbolt lock: a key accessible cylinder on the outside of the lock, a throw or bolt that slides in and out of the door jamb, and the thumb turn that allows you to have control of the lock from inside your home. Deadbolts are typically made of steel, bronze, or brass, and these materials will keep you the safest. Never buy a deadbolt that’s made from cast materials, because they can break apart easily.

Be mindful of the ways your deadbolt lock can become compromised. For example, lock bumping is a technique used to break into deadbolt systems. When you choose your deadbolt, make sure to do some research to ensure that your deadbolt cannot be easily bumped or picked.

While it’s important to choose the right type of deadbolt for your safety, it’s also necessary to choose the right type of door. An effective deadbolt lock paired with the right door type will leave your home or office safer. A standard steel clad door might be a great option for you. If you choose a wooden door, make sure that the door is made of solid hardwood and that the panels of the door are not too weak to be kicked in. Choose reinforced door frames as well; this will help combat a break-in. If you’re thinking of installing glass doors, make sure your door is reinforced and that the windows are positioned away from the lock itself.

The door frame you choose is also important. If an intruder were to kick in your door, typically it’s the door frame that breaks rather than the door itself. There are many home security door and frame reinforcement kits you can invest in, and they are well worth the peace of mind.