Why You Should Use A Locksmith to Install a Door Lock Set
Your doors and windows are the first line of defence in keeping your home and belongings safe. Making sure they are secure is therefore of paramount importance. This is just one reason you might want to change your door locks. Having the right door lock set is imperative in keeping intruders out, and with the wide range of styles available on the market, you will be able to find one to suit your security needs without compromising on your home’s aesthetic.
Most of these locks also include an instruction manual to installing the lock yourself, and there are a number of videos and tutorials available online that explain how to install a door lock set. However, there are many risks associated with DIY installations which need to be considered.
Changing a door lockset is more complex than you may think
Despite the tutorials and instructions available, installing door locks can still be a difficult and lengthy procedure, especially for a DIY novice. There are a number of steps, including the following minimum requirements:
- Measuring the new handle, ensuring it’s the right size for your door
- Removing the door handle
- Removing the cylinder fixing screw
- Measuring the existing cylinder, ensuring you have the right length for the external and internal sides
- Inserting the key and aligning the cam with the centre of the cylinder
- Placing the cylinder into the lock, ensuring the external and internal sides are in the correct place
- Securing the new cylinder in place
- Replacing the handles and fix them back into place
- Testing the new lock
The complexity of a lock installation depends on what kind of door lock you’ve chosen, as well as the material your door is made from.
If you’re adding a lock onto a brand new door, you will need to use a power drill to cut the specified locks into the door. However, inexperienced workers risk damaging the material of the door with the power drill, and the measurements will need to be exact in order for the lock to work. In some cases, you may even be required to cut away at your door, especially if the new lock is larger or a different shape. This can be tricky to get right, and will require additional tools like a hammer and chisel.
A lock that hasn’t been installed correctly can be much easier to break through, leaving your home and possessions vulnerable. Because of this, it’s strongly recommended to hire the expertise of a professional locksmith. They will be able to install the door lock efficiently, provide a more secure alternative to weaker locks and advise on any additional features which can help to keep your home as safe as possible.
Locksmiths can provide the most secure type of lock
A professional locksmith will assess your door style and tell you what lock will provide the highest level of security.
Locksmiths can also provide you with a unique door lock, which may not be guaranteed if you were to buy your lock from a DIY store.
At Banham, our locks ensure your door is protected and secured against different keys, and are crafted to withstand forced entry. A trained Banham locksmith will be able to professionally install all of our locks, ensuring that they are as secure as possible, keeping your home and belongings safe from opportunistic burglars.
Locksmiths can help you save on your home insurance
Home insurance providers tend to have minimum requirements concerning home security levels, and having the right door lock is usually included in these terms. Door locks should be approved by the British Standards Institution, and quality locks will have the BSI Kitemark stamped on them. A professional locksmith will be able to advise on what lock you need for your home, rather than you guessing and buying a generic lock from a DIY store.
In the event of a burglary, having a generic door lock that doesn’t conform to these standards can cause a problem when it comes to filing a claim. If your insurance company decides that your lock wasn’t secure enough, they may choose to reject your claim. You may also be able to reduce the cost of your premium by having a door lock approved by the insurance company. Locks that tend to be approved by the insurance industry include five-lever mortice deadlocks, multi-point locking systems, and rim deadlatch locks. A locksmith will be able to advise you on which lock is best for your door style, and will know exactly how to fit it.
You may not need to replace your entire door lock
If you’ve lost a set of keys, you may think that changing your entire door lock is your only option. However, another option is to simply replace the cylinder, so the door is opened by a new key. This can drastically reduce the cost of the project, and allows you to keep your original door lock. Trained locksmiths will be able to easily replace the cylinder for you, and will also be able to assess the inner workings of your lock. If your lock needs it, they can tighten the fittings or apply a dry lubricant, which can help extend the life of your lock and prevent it from becoming less secure over time.
To speak to a professional locksmith, or to shop our range of high quality door locks, contact the security experts at Banham today.