The right door lock should serve as the perfect finishing to your custom home décor theme. Moreover, it should offer just the right security grade needed. So, planning needs to start right down from when you’re setting up a new construction.
You should consider installing locks that are appropriate to the specific needs of different parts of your newly built house. The following are key considerations to take into account for an ordinary residential home in a Houston, Texas suburb.
1. Overall Home Theme
For the front and back doors to your home, you need to take the house design into consideration. This will include the style and color of the exterior décor. Then you need to consider the kind of door you have installed.
With all this in mind, it becomes easier to narrow down the type of locks you need to get. Of course, high-security grade locks are a must-have for these doors.
While security is not much of a big consideration for interior door locks, the theme is. Some custom homes have different interior designs in every room with different door types installed. Others with different interior designs per room may have similar doors installed throughout the house.
And some have a uniform theme with similar doors throughout the house. All this information will help you decide what kind of lock you will want to go for. Some of the options you can use include:
- Matching the doors and intricate themes to the door handles
- Creating contrast with between the themes and the types of locks you choose
- Selecting the same lock throughout the house.
2. Security level and Function
Now, while it is true that door locks were originally developed to provide security to homeowners, they also provide privacy where needed. For example, you would expect a heavy duty lock system for the front and back door.
A decent security level lock mechanism would be necessary for a bathroom, workroom or even a bedroom. And Kitchens and hallways would require no locking mechanism at all.
With these considerations in mind, you will need to decide between mortise locks, tubular locks, and no-lock door knobs. Mortise locks are great for doors that require higher security levels like the front and back doors of a home.
However, tubular locks are more than sufficient for areas within a house that require some level of privacy. Fancy, dummy door knobs with a no-lock mechanism would be perfect for public areas of the house like kitchens, hallways, and living rooms.