Protecting your business is of the utmost importance. A secure lock will help guarantee no one intrudes, and it gives you peace of mind knowing that your business is safe. Finding the right lock for your storefront is our specialty at  A1 Lock and Safe. Our Chapel Hill and Durham locksmiths provide a wide array of commercial locksmith services, everything from locking commercial foreclosures to providing master keys for hotels and motels. Our technicians also offer re-keying services for properties that have been recently purchased as well as for businesses that have had a change in personnel. We also install door closures to prevent doors from being left open.

Types of Storefront Locks

There are a few different kinds of storefront locks that you should consider for your business.

Deadlock: The deadlock is the most common type of storefront door lock. It is easy to identify a deadlock because it uses a thick laminated steel straight bolt. The heavy duty straight bolt projects 1-3/8″ from the lock body for maximum security. The thick laminated steel of the deadlock makes it impossible for potential forced entry by cutting with a hacksaw or prying with a crow bar. Deadlocks are designed for use on swinging storefront doors and are not used on sliding storefront doors. For these reasons deadlocks are preferred storefront door lock choice for the majority of storefront doors.

-Hookbolt: Essentially a type of deadlock, a hookbolt operates and functions exactly the same as the deadlock with the main difference being the shape of the bolt. On a deadlock the bolt is a straight bolt, but on a hook bolt the bolt is shaped like a hook. Hookbolts also vary from deadlocks with its application. Hookbolts are designed for use on sliding storefront doors, not swinging storefront doors. For this reason hook bolts are the preferred choice on storefront automatic sliding doors.

-Deadlatch: A deadlatch lock uses a spring loaded latch bolt design to maintain security. Deadlatch locks are primarily used in after hour applications, where pedestrians can freely exit the building, however pedestrians are unable to enter the building without a key. For example, a medical office door would be a great application for a deadlatch lock. During normal business hours, the door can remain unlocked and customers can pass through the door freely. After hours, the door can be locked, and only authorized employees with keys can enter the building. Anyone inside of the building can still exit the door while maintaining security with a locked door.

Protecting your business is the same as protecting your livelihood. The last thing you need to worry about is whether you can trust your lock. These options guarantee you peace of mind about the security of your property and business. Contact us today to get started! A1 Lock and Safe can help you protect your business. When you’re ready to buy a storefront lock from a professional, let us know. We want you to feel safe and sound at work!