Home security is of prime importance, and you want your prized possessions to remain safe inside and to have the “bad guys” locked outside. Highly rated locksmiths believe that installing deadbolt locks in the proper manner and with high-quality materials is crucial to protecting your family and your home. Professional and durable deadbolts come in a variety of finishes, styles, colors, and security grades to meet your individual needs. An additional benefit is that most deadbolts have an easy, one-tool installation.

What Is a Deadbolt?

A deadbolt is a locking mechanism with a hardened steel bolt that extends fully into the metal strike plate and doorjamb using 3-inch screws on the strike plate. These screws go into the studs of the frame of your house. This anchor system adds an extra layer of protection to your home.

A deadbolt differs from a spring bolt lock because it cannot be moved to an open position except by rotation of a key. A deadbolt lock may be operated by a single cylinder or by a double cylinder. With a single cylinder, you use a key on one side of the door and a twist knob on the other side. Double cylinders use a key on both sides and therefore do not have a twist knob.

What’s the Benefit of a Double Cylinder Deadbolt?

A good thing about the double cylinder is that it prevents any unwanted unlocking of the door, such as the forced entry of a burglar who breaks a nearby window in an attempt to gain access to an interior twist knob. You can install security exterior doors that use just small windows with reinforced glass to prevent a burglar from breaking a larger regular window and reaching in.

However, double cylinder locks are often banned, because of their difficulty to open from the inside, which violates fire safety regulations that do not allow a locked exit in case of a fire. In fact, double cylinder deadbolts are expressly banned from being used in all NYC apartments. Single cylinder deadbolts that have an unlocked twist knob on the door’s interior are the most commonly used on fire exits.

Purple Locksmith NYC has professional licensed and trained specialists with more than 25 years of experience. The company employs state-licensed locksmiths who you can turn to if you are in the Manhattan, Upper West Side, or Greater New York City areas. There is also emergency service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with dispatchers who will send technicians to solve problems with anything pertaining to your home security, home lockouts, and other situations.

Their skills range from re-keying or replacing locks all the way to the installation of a whole new advanced security system, buzzer systems, window guards, and more. You should feel safe and secure and have peace of mind.