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Locking Your Front Door

September 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Locks haven’t seemed to change much since the creation of the deadbolt. You have the standard bottom lock, and the very common deadbolt lock which is typically located above the bottom/entry lock. Absent misuse and normal wear and tear, these two combine for a very simple way to secure your home. Here are the top three ways to use a classic locking system for your front door:

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  • Deadbolt. As discussed above, the deadbolt is a standard for most old and new builds. The solid metal bolt moves horizontally from the inside of the door to the inside of your door frame, this does not make the entryway impenetrable, but it does make breaking into your home more time-consuming, which is always a deterrent for thieves.
  • Mortise lock. Unlike the deadbolt mentioned above, this lock requires a special prep for your front door. Your carpenter or door manufacturer will create a pocket, officially called a “mortise pocket”, and will then slide the locking system into the pocket, securing it with a special locking bolt system provided by the lock manufacturer. The mortise lock is common with commercial door entryways and in aluminum doors, but can be used in wood and fiberglass doors as well.
  • Trilenium lock. A European-style classic, the Trilenium lock is a complex three-part locking system that is as beautiful as it is effective. The locking points are located along a two foot portion of the door, like the mortise and the deadbolt lock, the Trilenium lock does not make your door impenetrable, but it does add two more locking points that most burglars are not expecting. The installation requires a manufacturer template and an experienced carpenter or door manufacturer to ensure all points match perfectly. Unless you are a licensed contractor or carpenter, the Trilenium lock is NOT a DIY project.

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