Whether your changing out locks between tenants, upgrading to a high security lock for your home or need to replace a damaged commercial lock for your business, it’s important that the locks are installed correctly. Many home and business owners choose to save the extra cash and do the work themselves. At Top Atlanta Locksmith, we have worked with residents of Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Suwanee and surrounding Metro Atlanta area communities for years. Over time, we’ve seen many instances where improperly installed locks have created unnecessary issues. Locks that don’t work correctly are not only a nuisance, but they can put your property at risk for invasion. Here are a few tips on how to avoid problems when installing your own residential or commercial locks.
A new lock installation can be undermined right away if you purchase bad locks. Installing a faulty, minimum standard cheap model may feel like you’re getting a deal. However, if a criminal ever targets your home or business and the lock is easy to pick, you may discover that your valuables are missing and the insurance company refuses to pay because there’s no sign of forced entry. Always invest in the best quality locks available, make sure they are made from a durable metal, and are drill, bump and pick resistant.
Make sure that your entry door and jamb are properly aligned. If the door is beginning to sag on the hinges or if the wood in your door frame has expanded, shrunk or shifted, then you will run into an issue. In fact, many people choose to install new locks because they believe their old ones are broken, when in fact the problem is caused by an uneven door frame. Before installing, check to ensure that all components of your entry way are level. Locksmith Roswell
Always be aware of the hardware during the installation process. If the screws aren’t secured correctly, the entire lock could be loose. If someone can simply pull the lock out of place, it won’t be very effective at deterring a burglary.
It’s best to find a lock that already fits the existing holes cut out in your door. However, if you have your heart set on a specific model, or if you choose a high security deadbolt with a deeper strike box, you may have to do some extra work. Always use the proper templates, and be sure that you accurately measure everything. A hole that is too large, could cause the lock or strike box to be loose and unreliable.
When you hire a professional locksmith to install your new locks, you’re investing in the quality and security of your home or business. A professional will have many years of experience installing, repairing and replacing locks of all shapes and sizes and will be able to get your new locks in place quickly and effectively. If you’re looking for a lock and key specialist in the Metro Atlanta area, call Top Atlanta Locksmith today and get the help you need. Our team is available to answer all your questions and can help schedule a convenient time for your next lock installation or rekey service.