Garage door locks are important pieces of equipment. And unfortunately, garage door locks are frequently disregarded pieces of equipment for many homeowners.
Homeowners are rather content with whatever lock happens to be on their garage door at the time they purchase their house. And yet many home break-ins occur through garage doors.
If you haven’t given your garage door lock much thought now might be a good time to evaluate your lock.
Preferably, your lock should be one of the following choices for garage door locks:
Electronic locks are opened with fingerprints rather than keys. Each lock can store many fingerprints in memory to permit access to multiple people.
Keyless Digital Locks
These are operated with a keypad with the correct digital code. These locks are not susceptible to picking or ‘jimmying’ methods, as are most mechanical locks, and so they offer a very high level of security.
Garage Door Deadbolts
Deadbolt locks for garages typically come in two styles, single cylinder and double cylinder. Single cylinder garage deadbolts require a key to operate from the outside. Double cylinder deadbolts require that a key be used on both the inside and the outside of the door.
T-Handle Locks
These locks are most commonly used on garage doors of metal construction. T-handle locks are operated with keys.
Side-Mounted Bolt
Garage door side-mounted bolts are deadbolt-style locks that are mounted on the door track. It’s a type of lock that can’t be accessed from outside the garage door, even with specialized tools.