Most people don’t realize that locks on doors need to be changed often. If you notice that the lock on any of your perimeter doors is not stable, wobbles, or is difficult to get it to lock, then it probably isn’t safe enough to be able to protect your house from intruders.
In order to make sure that your house is completely secure, it would be wise to make sure that your locks are in good condition. If they are not, it is no sweat to be able to replace them quick and easy. When replacing your smart lock, today you have many options to choose from that will not only better safe guard your house, but may give your door a much needed face lift and improve the way it looks as well.
The first thing you will need to do is completely remove the old lock and get measurements of the hole. You will need to measure exactly how big the whole is (diameter) and how far the center of the hole is from the edge of the door.
Most of the standard locks you see these days are not going to stand up well against an intruder. Because they only go about an inch into the door frame, all the intruder has to do is use force to smash the door open. In this case it may be smart to add a deadbolt.
A deadbolt will give added security because it extends much farther into the frame of the door than a standard lock. In fact most deadbolts have a latch bolt that sticks into the actual framing of the house and there is no knob on the outside portion of the door for the intruder to mess with.
Deadbolts are fairly cheap and easy to install. All you have to do is figure where on the door you want to install it, measure the circumference of the lock, then use a matching hole saw to bore the size of hole you need.
Sliding doors are relatively easy to get into because they are glass. Anyone who wanted to get in would just have to use force to break the glass. However, not all intruders are willing to make a big noise when breaking into homes so they will instead use a tool to force the lock and sliding door open.
The best type of security for sliding doors is just to find something to fit in the recess between the door and wall. Most sliding doors have a track that they run on, so if you just put a piece of metal or wood in that recess it will block the door from being able to open regardless if the lock is picked or not.