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You Get What You Pay For

Whether you are considering lock hardware for your home or commercial establishment. it pays to know there are different grades of hardware and costs.   For residential, most homes have the bare minimum Grade 3 locks.  They do their job, but usually lack the strength to defeat a criminal breaking in.  Their cost is mimimal from five to twenty dollars for the keyed entry knob.

The Grade 2 hardware is a heavier and more costly, but can hold its own to damage from a burglar..Grade 2 entry knobs range from approximately twenty-five dollars and up.  The style and finish can also increase the price such as lifetime finish, oli rubbed bronze, etc.  Grade 2 can be a heavy duty residential or a lighter duty commercial.

Grade 3 is mostly commercial type lock hardware.  It is much heavier and more complicated and has various functions as storage, classroom, etc.  Hardware of this type would probably look very institutional in a residence application.

I don’t recommend Grade 2 to my customers just to make more money.  Rather, it’s intended to provide better security for the homeowner.  I also suggest sticking with quality products that can be serviced if necessary and are U.S. manufacturers.  My favorites are Schlage, Kwikset, Corbin, Emtek, and Medeco.  You can go to my company website and go to the Manufacturers links and view their products.   I also invite you to contact me if you have questions and will be glad to answer them.

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December 15, 2008 Posted by | Home Security | , , , , , , | Leave a comment