Many resources will take you through the steps to replace a deadbolt lock, but very few will give you the information you need to deal with preparing for the things you don’t expect. Even fewer prepare you for buying the right lock and achieving the goals you have for your replacement lock.
A broken door lock might be more serious than you think, so be sure that you do not delay in necessary deadbolt lock replacement. But there are a few reasons you may be looking to replace your deadbolt lock, and further questions, which you need to ask yourself.
- Why replace a deadbolt lock?
The reason that you are looking to replace a deadbolt lock will influence every decision you make. It is the most important question to answer. These reasons will affect your approach and your concerns in the following ways:
Broken or Malfunctioning Deadbolt – If you are looking to replace a deadbolt, you need to know why it has broken. When a deadbolt breaks, it can give you insight into what to consider in a replacement. Perhaps the reason for the broken lock breaking is because it was not the right lock or was poorly made.
A deadbolt that breaks always breaks for a reason. If the reason is just that it was old and worn, your only concern will be replacing the deadbolt lock correctly. A common issue when you think you are replacing a broken deadbolt lock is that the issue is actually with the door or the key. Replacing a deadbolt lock will only be effective if the lock itself failed.
Upgrading Security – When you replace a deadbolt lock to make a room or building more secure, it is important to know how much force the deadbolt will withstand and resistance to lock picking. Understand the protection your original lock provided and what you are looking to get in your new lock.
You must also be sure that your security will be properly upgraded when you replace your deadbolt lock. For example, if you are looking to make an improvised DIY panic room, you will need to do more work than simply replace a deadbolt lock.
Aesthetics – The main concern when you replace a deadbolt lock for aesthetic reasons, is that you may lower your security or buy a lock that is generally inappropriate for the purpose. In the case of replacing a deadbolt lock, you do not want to use a double or single cylinder inappropriately.
In almost every case, you will need to replace a deadbolt with another deadbolt. Unless the deadbolt was inappropriately used in the first place, you should not use a different type of lock for a replacement. For instance, a bathroom door lock should not use a deadbolt.
- What kind of door do you have?
When you replace a deadbolt lock on a glass door (or partial glass door), you need to use a double cylinder deadbolt. This is even more important if you are replacing a deadbolt to upgrade your security. Using the wrong lock on a glass door makes it much easier for criminals to break in.
If you have a hollow core door, there is no reason to replace a deadbolt lock with another deadbolt. The door will be so insecure that the lock matters very little. It would be better to go with a locking door handle when you replace a deadbolt on an insecure interior door.
- Are you adding a new lock to the door?
Whether your door is new, or you want to add another deadbolt to an existing door, it is important to understand the door that you are dealing with. Many doors that do not come with pre-drilled cross bore holes for mounting deadbolts, were not meant to hold deadbolts. A good example of this are hollow core doors meant for interior use. If you are installing a deadbolt on an interior door, make sure it has a solid core.
The issue that is most likely to come up when you are adding a lock where there was no lock prior is that every hole you cut weakens the door. If you are adding several deadbolts, even to a strong solid core door, you are removing a lot of material, and subsequently weakening the door. Make sure to install metal slip covers and heavy locks to add metal content where large amounts of wood have been removed.
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