As the entryway to your home, improving security around your doors is essential for protecting your family and property — and the right door locks can make all the difference. The right combination of locks will keep you safe. Here’s what you should look for when contacting a residential locksmith to install new locks.

What Type of Door Locks Do You Need?

door locksA deadbolt is considered essential for exterior doors but it isn’t the only option. You can further enhance security with a knob or handle that also features a locking mechanism. While knob locks are insufficient on their own, they will improve overall home security when paired with a deadbolt.

Both single- and double-cylinder deadbolts are available, single-cylinder models are generally recommended for entry doors. Double-cylinder deadbolts require a key on both sides, which could prove dangerous if you need to escape the home because of a fire. Single-cylinder deadbolts only require a key from the outside.

Signs of a Quality Lock

Not all deadbolts are created equal. Deadbolt locks are rated on a scale of one to three — one being the best — based on their durability and overall security. A Grade 1 lock has a much longer lifespan than a Grade 3. Look for deadbolts that are drill- and pick-resistant to further reduce your risk of a break-in.

Electronic deadbolts are becoming increasingly popular as well, relying on analog buttons, app connectivity, or a touchscreen to unlock the door. With these features, you don’t have to worry about a lost set of keys giving others access to your home.


If you need new door locks, make Bill’s Locksmith your first call. Serving the entire Piedmont Triad, NC, area for over 17 years, this licensed and bonded locksmith provides honest, trustworthy work you can depend on. Fast and affordable work ensures you’ll get the results you need. To learn more about their locksmith services or to request a quote, visit them online or call (336) 906-0824 to learn more about their door locks.