Residential And Commercial Locks
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If you are a business owner looking to save money, you may be wondering what the differences are between residential door locks and commercial door locks. Other than prices, there are a few major differences between residential and commercial door locks. Just thinking about demand alone, a commercial door lock used on a retail store's front door will get used and has different demands than the lock needed on the front door of a home in the suburbs. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between residential and commercial door locks and the demands placed on them:
Commercial door locks are often protecting items that are very valuable, so the lock must be strong enough to keep determined burglars out. These locks may also be in a high-traffic area so it must be durable enough to withstand being locked and unlocked very often, without wearing down. The demands of residential locks are often less extreme. A residential lock, especially if it's a lock found on an interior door of a house, isn't always used as often. Residential locks also don't necessarily need to have the strength of commercial locks, because the threat of burglary isn't as high. So, as you can tell, the demands placed on a residential lock aren't typically the same as the demands placed on a commercial lock.
In order to help the public choose the best lock for every situation, the ANSI, or American National Standards Institute, set standards for locks. ANSI grades door locks according to longevity and durability, with the most durable and long-lasting locks falling under Grade 1, and basic locks falling under Grade 3. Here is a closer look at each lock grade:
Grade 1: This is the toughest group of locks on the market. These locks, including door locks, have achieved the highest rating by ANSI and are meant for use in heavy commercial settings. These are the types of locks you see on buildings that see a large volume of people entering and exiting on a daily basis, including schools, museums, hospitals, and department stores. You typically don't see Grade 1 locks used in residential settings.
Grade 2: This type of lock is made for light commercial use and heavy residential use. They are strong locks that are durable, but considered to be mid-range. These types of looks are typically found on apartment doors, small stores and shops, offices, and other buildings where more people are coming in and out than the average single-family home. This is the lock you need if you are looking for a lock that doesn't wear out as fast as a Grade 3 lock would, but you don't need anything as hefty as a Grade 1 lock.
As you can see, there are a few differences between residential and commercial locks. As a business owner, your best bet is to choose between a Grade 1 or Grade 2 lock. If you have any questions about which type of lock is best for your needs, contact your local commercial locksmith. He or she will be happy to help you.
Commercial door locks are any mechanical or electronic locks that are graded for commercial use and ideal for commercial settings, like offices, businesses, industrial facilities, and other commercial real estate.
Commercial grades are industry standards that guarantee the quality and specification of commercial door locks. Lock grades help developers, contractors, locksmiths, owners, and operators choose the best hardware for their unique buildings.
Grade 1 locks are the strongest, most durable, and most secure locks available. These heavy-duty commercial door locks help maximize security and can withstand twice the amount of use as grade 2 or 3 locks.
Good to know: Electric strikes require another device, such as a lockset or panic bar. This ensures that people inside the building or room can unlock the door in the event of a power outage.
Commercial keyless locks empower users to unlock the door without a physical key. Keyless locks are generally powered by electricity, and some even connect to the internet. And despite their name, some keyless locks do have a keyhole for physical keys as a backup entry method.
A commercial door lock with a keypad allows users to enter a PIN code instead of using a physical key to open the door. Most of these locks have a keypad with numbered buttons or a touchscreen interface with numbers built right into the lockset.
Good to know: A commercial key fob door lock system is essentially the same as a key card lock! The only difference is that users scan a fob instead of a card to gain entry. Otherwise, operation is the same.
A commercial biometric lock is any lock with a biometric reader. These locks allow a user to scan their fingerprint or even their face to unlock doors. Biometric locks are often used in high-security settings, but they do pose privacy concerns to many users.
A commercial smart lock is a modern type of electronic lock that connects to the internet and empowers users to unlock the door with their smartphones. Most commercial smart locks pair with a mobile app that users download to their phones.
Many smart locks are a type of commercial automatic door lock because they can automatically lock or unlock during specific times. This is ideal for business and retail settings because owners and operators can guarantee that doors automatically lock after business hours.
By investing in commercial smart door locks, everyone wins. Building owners and operators can do their jobs better, while tenants and employees enjoy a better experience accessing and navigating the building.
ButterflyMX integrates with many commercial smart locks to streamline access into and throughout your building. That means building managers can adjust access permissions for every access point from one convenient platform.
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That's interesting that you wouldn't put residential doorknobs in commercial spaces because there is so much traffic and use by all sorts of different people. My boss just supervised the building of a new building for our business, but the doors haven't been finished. We'll have to look into good commercial door hardware. -device
hello,i have a question about mortice latch/locks and if there is any difference in their design dimensions, when it comes to commercial and residential.**the specific question is asked at the very bottom, after the descriptive passagemy mother has been updating her home over the past couple years in preparation to put it on the market , when i mention home, its a house that sits on, a somewhat small amount of acreage (40 or so acres, it might be more no less than 40 though) anyways along with the house there are 4 other structures 2 which are hay barns, one is what ill call a lean-to, and the 4th which is a 40x50x16 ibeam frame steeel building ( a shop) that is from her account stated to be ar least 40 years youngThe west side of the building has 2 regular sized steel frame steel door with security glass in both ( security glass beign the the i guesss now "old" wire mesh within the glass pane moutned in the door. it looks like square diamonds or very close nit chicken wire within the glassThe sw corner entry door is the one that my mother asked if i could get it functional. the door aat the sw corner had to be removed and replaced ( i forget why i beleive a due to a storm and debris from sustained winds impacting the security glass pane and breaking it.mom went and from guessing in trying to save a few dollars (if it was effective idea or futile effort is another topic) soooo instead of sourcing a new or used identical door with the glass intact there is this steel door with only the hinge mounts and the lever/knob hole precutThe hole and or cavity fr the latch lock mortice needed to be cut out,she called it a Door Blank? which i have no idea as to the accuracy of that term and then also if the usage of it is also acurate it makes sense in a fundamental definition etcsteel being less forgiving than say wood and since its a entry point. and i wanted to get the proper end result of the door functioning as it should. i have been tryign to educate myself on cmmercial residential door installation topics etci bought a latch lock hole cutting jig, to install the knob/lever that mom had bought. and which brings me to my question in regards to thinking that there is a defintive difference in the latching locking mechanism of a commercial one vs a residental one.she gave me a residential keyed entry door knob to install and it doesnt seem "fit the bill" the locking motice candidly speaking or word play seems to fall shortof achieving the goal (the locking latching mortice of the residential doorknob assembly, doesnt seat into the latch reciver in the steel commercial doorframe,, or far enough in to secure it. (a guessitmate, would be it needs to be 1/2 inch or so longer than what it isis the latching locking mortice in a commercial leverknob assembly longer than that of a residential locking latching mortice ?and is the trim or bezel plate that mounts to the door frame specific or matched/mated to the brand or mfg of the door lever/ door knob etcwill i need to have her purchase a designated Commercial deemed keyed entry door lever/knob assemblyive been of the opinion that the residential commercial designation is there for a reason both in generically or as a broad descriptive term and then also notates specific design details specific to each catagory if the residential knob/lever assembly "CAN" be made to work properly without too much efforrt beyond that of a medium skilled experienced diy handyperson if hyper links could be provided as to how to do that would suffice to be respectfull and appreciateive to yall. so ya dont have to spend bunches of time typing it outanyways thank you for your time and effort in regards to this and i look forward to corespondence on thisHolly-Jo Thompson 2b1af7f3a8