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Guide to Choosing the Right Front Door Lock

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How to Choose the Best Front Door Lock for Your Home

Your home is your happy place. It’s a safe space to relax in with your loved ones and store your most prized possessions. That’s why you want to keep your home safe from intruders by locking it down with sturdy, high-quality door locks. Most burglars enter through the front door, so protecting the entryway should be your first line of defense. Choosing the right lock for your front door is an important decision that will affect the security of your house. Here’s a comprehensive guide on residential door locks to help you make the best selection for your home.

Traditional Locks

Door with multiple locks

Traditional locks keep your door closed until a release mechanism, like a key, is inserted into the lock. They can be matched to the color and style of your home, as they come in a wide array of colors, finishes, and styles.

Traditional locks provide some protection while enhancing the aesthetic of your home, but a traditional lock alone is not enough to protect your home from intruders. They can be tampered with and breached by the use of physical force. Pairing a traditional lock with a deadbolt, however, is an excellent combination to keep unwanted visitors out of your home.


Deadbolts are necessary for locking down your front door and making your home a fortress. When you use a traditional, non-deadbolt lock alone to secure your home, the only thing standing between an intruder and the inside of your home is a flimsy lock spring. A deadbolt locks when a steel bolt protrudes into a steel plate and a depression in the door frame, so they are tough to breach. Alford Safe and Lock offers three different types of deadbolts: single cylinder, double cylinder, and keyless.

Single Cylinder

Single cylinder deadbolts use a key on the outside and a thumb knob on the inside. They are secure, and if you ever need to exit quickly, like in the event of a fire, the single-cylinder deadbolt is the safest to have as it is easiest to open. However, we caution using this type of deadbolt if you have a door with glass on it or a window right next to your door. An intruder can sometimes break through the glass and easily turn the knob on the inside, unlocking your door.

Double Cylinder

Double cylinder deadbolts require a key to unlock the door when entering from the outside, and when exiting from the inside. These deadbolts cannot be unlocked by a burglar who breaks a nearby glass window looking to turn an inside knob. However, if there is a fire and you can’t find your key, you may have to break a window to get out of your home. If you choose a double cylinder lock, keep a spare key close to your door inside your home so you can exit quickly in the event of an emergency.

Keyless CylinderImage of man breaking into home through the front door lock

Keyless deadbolts operate with a keypad on the outside and a thumb knob on the inside. We recommend Schlage Keyless deadbolts as the best residential option for deadbolts. These locks are 100 percent bump- and pick-proof. You can choose unique access codes and create and delete codes remotely to grant or remove access for visitors.

Electronic Locks

An electronic lock is a high-security option that provides excellent ease of access and customizability. Are you a person who frequently loses their keys or someone who needs to grant other people access to their home? Electronic locks allow you the luxury of never having to worry about your house keys again.

You can also avoid the danger of hiding a spare key outside your home that could be found and used by an unwanted intruder. Anyone who needs to gain access to your home can be given an access code, so you don’t have to be home to let them inside. Codes can be removed later to retract access. Electronic locks can also lock automatically, so you never have to wonder, “Did I remember to lock my doors?”

If you want to take your security and accessibility a step further, smart locks are the holy grail of electronic locks. Most smart locks allow you to keep tabs on your locks remotely from an app. You can unlock or lock your doors when you are away from home. With smart locks, you can set unique codes for different people, so you will always know who is coming or going. Most smart lock systems keep a record of which code is used and when, so you can see who is entering your home and when.

Visit the Lock Experts at Alford Safe & Lock

Whether you need a new traditional lock, deadbolt, or electronic lock, Alford Safe and Lock has an excellent selection of high-quality front door lock systems that will provide excellent security and ease of access for your home. Visit our store today to browse our high-quality selection and talk to a member of our expert team about your home’s security needs.

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