Door Lock Installation

Installing a New Door Lock

How do you change a lock on a door?

That’s a question we get a lot. Installing a new door lock, while not difficult, different locks, doors and uses may have different requirements and tools to do the job right. There are a few questions that need to be asked before that question can be answered:

  1. What type of door? Is this an outside door or inside door? Is the door made of wood, metal or a metal door with a wood core?
  2. Fresh or existing install? Is there already a lock on the door or will this be a fresh install on a new door or door that has never had a lock on it?
  3. What type of lock? Do you want to swap out an existing lock for the same type or is this an upgrade to a different style of knob, handle or lock? There are all kinds of new high-security locks and smart locks for the home with keypads and Bluetooth technology.
  4. Do you really need to change the lock? Many time you don’t need to replace the entire lock, you only need to replace the pins in the existing lock for it to work like new. This is called rekeying and can be done quicker and much more affordably that a complete lock replacement.
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Smart electronic deadbolt and handle installation on wood door.

When purchasing and installing a new locks on your home front door there are more things to consider. Technology has taken us beyond the simple know and deadbolt for home security. There are now smart home locks with programmable keypads and wireless entry systems. DO you have family, friends or guests that need to get into your home while away? You may want a programmable keypad lock with individual codes for each person with alerts sent to your phone anytime the code is entered. Hate fumbling with keys? You can get Bluetooth smart locks that work with your smart phone and automatically unlock when approached.  And going beyond just the lock and handle; Need to see who is at the door whether your just in another room in your house or thousands of miles away on business? A doorbell camera with motion sensor can send you an alert and live video right on your mobile device wherever you are!

Common Lock Brands

  • Schlage
  • Kwikset
  • Mul-T-Lock
  • Yale
  • Baldwin
  • Modeco
  • Prime-Line
  • Everbuilt
  • LockState
  • Anderson

Types of Smart Locks

  • Kwikset Kevo Touch-to-Open
  • Kwikset Premis Touchscreen
  • Kwikset Z-Wave SmartCode
  • Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
  • Schlage Connect Touchscreen
  • Schlage Connect with Alarm
  • Yale Assure Touchscreen
  • Ultraloq Touchscreen Bluetooth
  • Samsung Digital Fingerprint
  • Ardwolf Keyless
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Door handle with smart electronic keypad deadbolt lock.

When you call us to have a technician come out to your home or business, these are some questions that you may want to consider ahead of time to help the process go smoothly. If you know what you want to do and what to purchase you can also buy your own lock and we can install it for you. If not, we can make a recommendation for you, purchase the lock, knob or handle and then install it for you. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to best fit your schedule and make all upgrades, repairs and installation at your convenience.

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Home Door Security

5 Tips for Increasing Home Door Security

Tip #1 – Metal or solid wood door

The first defense in door security is to have a door that can’t be easily forced or kicked open. A strong solid wood door or metal door will make it difficult for a burglar to break through. As an additional layer of strength you can also install a steel security screen door on all exterior entryways.

Tip #2 – Door frame reinforcement

Most home doorways have a wood molding frame that can be easily broken. Installing metal reinforcement stripping around the frame along with hinge reinforcement and a heavy-duty strike plate can strengthen the frame preventing the door from being forced open.

Tip #3 – Deadbolt and high security locks

Installing a heavy-duty one-inch deadbolt (along with your reinforced door and frame) as a second lock along with a high-security rated door lock will help prevent burglars from picking or prying your locks open. Also, make sure there is minimal space between the door and frame to prevent the door from being pried open with a bar.

Tip #4 – Door jammers and bars

For extra protection while home or at night you can use security bars that either wedge against the door usually under the handle or a jammer that slides into place preventing the door from opening. On sliding doors it’s always recommended to place a bar behind the slider or/and install pin locks to prevent the door from opening. Remember that any device that keep people out may also trap you in an emergency. So always have an escape plan!

Tip #5 – Visual security

Video surveillance cameras and a simple peephole can both work as a burglar deterrents and as a security feature. Thieves approaching your home won’t be sure if they are being recorded or watched and may prefer to stay away. You also have the ability to see who is at your doorway without having to sacrifice security by opening the door before know who is there.

Want to increase your home security?

Install a home alarm & automation system. Monitor and control you video cameras, lighting, thermostat,  and receive security alerts all on your mobile device. Call us today about free equipment and installation with half price monitoring for only $29.99 per month with NO annual contract!

Call us today at (480) 823-8222.

How to re-key a Schlage lock

CallOrange locksmith technician demonstrates the rekeying of a Schlage lock.

If you moved into a new home, office space, had a turnover of employees, or just need to upgrade security, rather than replace your locks you can save time and money by rekeying the cylinder on your existing locks. A locksmith can rekey all your locks to work with a single key or setup a master key system so that certain keys will only work on specific door locks while  having a master key that can open all locks.

Master lock system

Contact CallOrange at 480.823.8222 and we can send a technician to you today!