Interior door locks aren’t just for home use; commercial applications apply, too. When someone mentions a lock on the door an image of the front or back door forms in our minds but in reality, locks on doors are useful inside, as well. Most folks are hardly concerned about burglars creeping into their bedrooms or bathrooms while they are taking a shower. The doors leading to the outside are usually well equipped for that. Instead, inside door locks are mainly used or privacy reasons.
Interior door locks at home are nice to have, especially if you value your privacy. Try giving teens a bedroom without a door lock, and see how that goes! It’s not just young people, either. All age groups love to be able to lock their doors, and to maintain a sense of seclusion for themselves. If you have a roommate at home or at school, having a locking interior door offers a much needed separation to help maintain household harmony. Bedrooms are not the only use for interior locks. Bathrooms door locks are essential. No matter how open and free you are with your family members or friends, you still need to have a lock on your bathroom door(s). You might not use it, but some of your guests, sure will!
Again, the perimeter door locks are designed to keep out intruders or after-hours visitors but the interior locks are more for privacy and in some cases, as a form of access control. In this day and age of working from cubicles or even from desks in an open floor plan, interior locks are still vital for private offices, conference rooms, storage areas, mailrooms, executive areas and break rooms.
Some commercial bathrooms are not locked during the day and use a sign indicating gender use on the door. These doors still have locks on them in case of policy change or for “out of order” times that can include maintenance or cleaning. Other commercial bathrooms, usually the smaller ones, are meant to be locked during occupation for basic privacy.
Another well-known interior lock usage in a commercial application is storage rooms. While some smaller storage facilities are based outdoors, most all of the larger ones use indoor rooms that can be locked individually by the person renting the room(s) to store their belongings. In these cases, private locks are placed on the closed storage room door and the management reserves the right to cut the lock if payment is not received or to put one of their own over the customer’s lock to keep them out until the monthly rent is caught up.
Do it yourself
Here in Renton, WA we tend to have rainy, wet weather. This may affect our front or back door locks but for our indoor locks, this is not a problem. Whether you are rehabbing a foreclosed home or just wanting to replace or change your interior locks, you have many options.
You can purchase interior locks locally as many Renton stores carry them. These include hardware and home improvement stores as well as the national chains. Wal-Mart, Target, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowes, Best Buy and Sears all carry a large assortment of indoor locks for you to choose from. Prices range depending on the lock selected and the brand chosen.
You can also purchase online as many of the same stores listed above offer great deals from their websites. Be sure to check Amazon.com as they tend to carry a larger selection than most and also offer better deals and even free delivery based on your ordering criteria. Another good aspect of using Amazon is their review system. You can browse through customer reviews on the locks that you have in mind. Most people only take the time to write a review if it is positive or negative and you can really learn a lot about the lock’s usability and any problems with shipping or installation by simply checking the reviews.
Local locksmith help
Here at 24 Hour Renton WA Locksmith we often install interior door locks for our local customers. Our licensed, bonded, and insured shop offers interior lock installation, service, and rekey assistance at the best rates and with round-the-clock emergency help whenever needed. You can also call other Renton, WA area lock professionals and have them install or service your residential or commercial interior door locks.
Why spend the money?
Often, we are asked why someone would spend the money on installing or replacing their indoor locks by using a locksmith. There are many good reasons. To begin with, your time itself is very valuable and when you combine that fact with a lock professional’s ability to service your indoor locks, you wind up with highly professional lock and key service that is done correctly and also in a timely manner.
Many people don’t want to bother having to do the tedious work of interior lock installation or replacement. For them, having a skilled and experienced lock professional do the work just makes sense. You can buy the interior door locks yourself and simply have a locksmith install them for you. Or, you can simply discuss your interior lock needs and wants with your trusted locksmith experts of choice and have them select and install a brand or lock size that they recommend for your particular interior door needs.
Picking your own locks!
We don’t mean selecting either! Sometimes the need arises for having to access your own locked interior door. This usually happens by accident or in the case of a teen temper tantrum! No matter what the cause, your new interior door locks should always come with a small tool to allow you access back in should you get locked out.
If you are renting or purchased a re-sale home, the likelihood of the original tool still being there is not good. You can buy these small picks at hardware stores or use a small, thin screwdriver to insert into the door knob until you feel it catch on the interior lock mechanism, turn, and you are in!