In part 1 of eieihome.com’s Guide to Choosing the Right Entry Door we looked at essential components of the door itself, such as construction, styling, and glass inserts. Today, we’re going to concentrate on choosing the right entry door hardware.
Think of a door’s hardware as highly practical jewelry. It may not be the primary part of a well put-together outfit, but it tends to be essential to making the ensemble work. With that in mind, be sure to keep your home’s overall outward appearance in mind when deciding on entry door hardware shapes and finishes, but definitely prioritize the functional factors above appearance.
In addition to your desired style, you’ll need to make two other important decisions: tubular vs mortise, and traditional vs electronic.
Tubular vs. Mortise
There are two standard lockset types: tubular and mortise. The primary differences between the two speak to the level of security, ease of installation, and cost. Here is a more detailed look at the differences between the two:
Tubular locks are the most common style of residential locks in Canada. They are generally affordable and can be easily installed by non-professionals. Tubular locks require two bored holes of identical size for installation of the latch and deadbolt. Options include single cylinder and double cylinder.
Mortise locks are a more secure form of entry lock. This heavy-duty lock features a thicker deadbolt with an entry latch that also locks when the bolt is engaged. Most doors will need to be specially prepared in order to accept the installation of a mortise lock, which means homeowners will need to contact a professional locksmith to get the job done.
Traditional Locks vs Electronic Locks
Whether simple keypad-based locks of smart locks with all the bells and whistles, new locking technologies have added an additional layer of decision-making when it comes to installing new entry door hardware. We all know how basic keyed locks works, as well as what their benefits and shortcomings tend to be. So, we’re just going to look at electronic options.
Basic Keyless Entry
Basic keyless entry systems are generally best suited to doors fitted with tubular style locks. They feature battery-operated code pads on the handle plate and also have a traditional keyed backup. The locked can be operated by punching a code into the code pad, with some offering the option of a key fob like those used on vehicle locks. The presence of a keyed backup means the lock can be operated even if the code is forgotten or if the battery goes dead.
Smart locks are electronic locks that have smart capabilities. In addition to allowing keyless entry, they can also feature Bluetooth-based proximity recognition, which automatically unlocks the door when you approach it. They often also feature customized entry codes, email or text notifications and monitoring capabilities when the different codes are used and remote locking and unlocking capabilities, among other features.