Deadbolt VS Electronic Keypad: Which Lock Is Best?

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Deadbolt VS Electronic Keypad: Which Lock Is Best?

25 April 2016
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If you are planning on getting a new house lock, you might be deciding between a high-security deadbolt or an electronic keypad. Both of these options will keep your home safe, but their qualities are quite different. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing between these two options.

Electronic Keypads Are Easy to Program

A major benefit to having an electronic keypad installed in your home is that they are easy for you to program. After being installed, you can program as many access codes as you want, making each one a different number. Give a different number to each family member to keep them unique and hard to guess. You can also program codes for people who need temporary access into your home, such as the housekeeper or cable technician. After they are finished with their work, you can remove their access code to keep your home safe.

Deadbolt Locks Are Often Less Expensive

You may find that deadbolt locks are less expensive to purchase and have installed in comparison to keyless locks. With a deadbolt lock, you might be able to install it on your own, which further helps save money on labour costs. Even if you do have a locksmith installing it, it should be easier to do than if you had them install an electronic lock. With electronic locks, it requires wiring to be done in many cases, in addition to the programming. The device itself can also be more expensive than regular deadbolt locks.

Lost Keys Are Not an Issue With Electronic Keypads

If you have ever had a child or other family member lose a house key, you know how frustrating it is to have to change the locks or re-key your current house lock. This is unfortunately something that will happen if you have a deadbolt lock. It might occur if a key is lost or if someone's personal belongings are stolen with the key inside. However, with electronic keypads, lost keys are never an issue for security purposes. It can also be frustrating if someone has forgotten their key and return home before anyone else and the door is locked. If you had an electronic lock, you would be able to give the code to the family member so they can get inside.

Consult a locksmith like Ameen's Locksmith if you are still not sure which lock for your home is the better option.