Locks are crucial in enhancing home and business security. Every property uses some sort of locking mechanism, whether it is a smart electronic lock or the traditional mechanical type.
Over time, locks have evolved from the ancient wooden pin tumbler style that was once made in Egypt.
Types of Door Locks
There are two main types of door locks that are in use today. They are either smart, electronic, or digital locks and traditional manual mechanical locks.
Manual Mechanical Locks
These are commonly used in securing businesses and homes. These locks offer varying security levels and, while some are high quality, others are of lower quality.
How Do Mechanical Locks Work?
They include knob locks, deadbolts, lever, and mortise locks. To operate, one needs to manually insert a key and twist it to lock or unlock it.
Single-cylinder and double-cylinder deadbolts are the very commonly used door locks due to their high level of security.
As you choose one be mindful of the grade. Grade 3 offers enhanced security, strength, and durability, whereas grade 1 is the lowest in terms of security level.
As you purchase your mechanical locks, consider how often they will be used, their placement, and whether they will be functioning alone.
For the highest security for your home, go for locks that are resistant to bumping and picking, and ensure they are installed correctly by an experienced professional.
It is important to note that smart locks also have mechanical components to them. However, they have electronics and motors to perform the locking and unlocking actions.
These are the best types of locks for convenient access control with enhanced security. Instead of using physical keys for access, you can use a programmed card, access code, or thumbprint.
How Do Smart Locks Work?
Unlike mechanical locks, digital ones are keyless meaning you do not require a physical key to operate.
Also, no physical effort is required to turn a key to lock or unlock the lock. That is handled by electromechanical motors.
The ability to control the lock is via an access code, card, special key fob, or even biometrics such as thumbprints or retina (eye) scanners.
Once this code has been received by the smart lock, the electronic motor powers up and locks or unlocks the device.
It is quite convenient as you do not only control where other people have access, but you can also get full information on who accessed a specific room and at what time.
This makes them extremely easy to work with as well as improves your home or office security.
Which is Better?
By now it may seem that smart locks are winning in leaps and bounds, but they do have their downsides too. The reason is that with all these advanced features there is more that can go wrong.
For starters the electro-mechanical motor could fail, a software glitch could corrupt your access code locking you out, or the battery could run out completely rendering the device unusable.
It is for this reason that our locksmiths have mixed views on smart locks. While they do provide convenience and user-friendly features, you must understand that more things can go wrong.
Mechanical locks are simpler in design and therefore more reliable, and never need battery changes or software upgrades, but of course, you don’t have all the flashy features of keyless entry, etc.
So, which is better? They both have pros and cons, so the answer really comes down to personal preference.
Whether you choose a traditional model or the latest smart lock, make sure you do your research first. Stick with a well-known brand such as Dormakaba, Lockwood, or Yale to ensure quality and reliability.
Also, follow the manufacturer’s directions for installation to ensure you are getting the level of security they are designed to provide. If you have any doubts, speak with a professional locksmith for assistance.