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    Types of deadbolt locks for your front door

    May 30, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    Front door - Deadbolt locks - Schlage

    Whether you’re replacing locks on a new home or looking to add a little more security to your current home, the lock aisle can be overwhelming when it comes to finding the right deadbolt lock.



    Whether you’re replacing locks on a new home or looking to add a little more security to your current home, the lock aisle can be overwhelming when it comes to finding the right deadbolt lock. With so many options available, it pays to understand the different functions in order to choose the right deadbolt. Check out our deadbolt lock breakdown below.
    Deadbolt locks - Front door - Schlage

    Single Cylinder

    This is the most common type of deadbolt used. Single cylinder deadbolts have an exterior keyhole which throws or retracts the deadbolt using a key on the outside. On the inside, you can lock and unlock the deadbolt with the thumbturn.



    Double cylinder

    Double cylinder deadbolts are used when homeowners want a little extra security. They are often chosen for doors that feature windows and glass so the lock is not easily unlocked by a potential intruder. It features a keyhole on both the interior and exterior side of the door so the only way you can lock/unlock is with a mechanical key. However, this type of lock should be used with caution and is not recommended for any door that is used for egress in times of emergency.



    Electronic locks

    Electronic deadbolts often leverage the same security and durability of single cylinder deadbolts with the added convenience of a keypad or touchscreen. By programming a unique access code, electronic locks provide peace of mind so you never have to worry about losing a key again.



    Smart locks

    Like electronic locks, smart deadbolt locks are just as durable as a single cylinder deadbolt. You can connect your smart lock to a compatible smart home hub or sometimes directly to your phone for easy programming and access. Smart locks also provide the option to integrate your smart lock with other smart home products to create routines and schedules that fit your lifestyle. Arrive at the office and realize you forgot to lock the door? No problem. As long as you have a smart home hub or adapter, you can access your lock remotely to check its status and command it to lock or unlock.



    Now that you know the different functions of the most popular deadbolt types, be sure to reference our door hardware shopper’s guide to help you complete your purchase for your front door. This guide will walk you through how to choose locks based on your door’s configuration. For even more help in your search, be sure to reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Why experts like Mike Holmes trust the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    December 21, 2017 2:30 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 22, 2017

    Why experts like Mike Holmes trust the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    When choosing the best smart home products for your home, quality, security and design all matter.



    Smart home products are quickly being adopted by homeowners everywhere as the appeal for greater convenience and peace of mind takes priority. When choosing the best smart home products for your home, quality, security and design all matter. It's important to choose a product you can depend on to work when you need it from a company you can trust. 


    That's why home remodeling experts like Mike Holmes, trust the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. Whether you're purchasing this smart lock for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, you can rest easy knowing that Schlage put the same attention to security and strength as we have for all our products for the past 95 years. See what Mike and his daughter Sherry have to say about their favorite smart lock purchase in the video below.


    Looking for more smart home advice? Be sure to keep an eye on the Technology section of our blog and follow us on Twitter for the latest news.

    How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    November 22, 2017 9:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    Take a look at the security behind Schlage electronic locks.



    For those of us in the door hardware industry, electronic locks are a no-brainer. They’ve quickly become indispensable in offices, hospitals, hotels, and many other professional locations, but many consumers are still learning about the possibilities that electronic deadbolts and smart locks can offer at home. “Are they really secure?” is a question we hear consumers ask frequently. So let’s take a look at the security behind Schlage electronic locks.
    Electronic deadbolt - Smart lock - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt - Security

    Residential security grading

    The first thing you should know is that a group of industry experts called the Builders Hardware Manufacturing Association (or BHMA for short) set national standards regarding the security level, durability and finish quality of door hardware products. This helps professional locksmiths, building managers and other professionals to ensure that they are using the right hardware in the right places, especially when they have to adhere to local building code requirements.


    In order to help homeowners make the same decisions about which hardware is best for their home, BHMA created a set of standards specific to residential door hardware. They created three categories - Security, Durability, and Finish – with rigid criteria for testing the hardware to ensure it meets either a C (good), B (better) or A (best) grade in each category. Most Schlage products receive a AAA, which means they have received the best possible grades in Security, Durability and Finish.

    Smart lock security - Residential Door Hardware Grades - Schlage

    So what does all that really mean? It means that all of our products, whether mechanical or electronic, run through all kinds of heavy-duty, intense testing procedures – including, yes, hitting it with a sledgehammer really hard. So regardless of what kind of lock you buy, you know you’ll be getting a product that has been tested against the rigorous demands of daily usage. Our Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt, and Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Lever have all received a grade A in security, the best possible grade to keep your home, and everything inside it, safe.

    What about hackers?

    We’ve all heard about the neighbor’s garage door code getting hacked. The good news is that these days that story is a bit of an urban legend – there were some instances of compromised garage door codes back when the technology was new, but major strides have been made in electronic security since then, making these types of hacks much more difficult to pull off. Basically, if you’re comfortable ordering items from Amazon, you can trust that the connection between your Schlage smart lock and your smartphone is just as secure.


    Besides, when it comes to entry points to the home, blunt-force attacks are much more effective than sophisticated electronic methods, though the rising popularity of home security systems is putting a dent in traditional break-ins as well. Electronic locks that integrate with home security systems, like the Schlage Connect lock, actually add a layer of electronic security to your home, allowing you to keep better track of who’s coming and going, and when.


    Locks that add extra security without requiring a smart home or security system are also on the rise. The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is a great example - with multiple options to connect your lock to the cloud, you can receive real-time notifications and view a history of who used the lock and when. There’s also a built-in alarm on the Schlage Sense and Connect locks that sounds when the lock or door is forced, or the wrong code entered repeatedly. 

    Spare keys are a safety faux pas

    There’s an added security element to simply doing away with spare keys and using access codes instead. Codes are easier to control – if a code becomes compromised, simply delete it. No need to rekey or buy new locks because a key has been lost and anyone in town could have it. A lock without a cylinder, like the completely keyless Schlage Touch lock, also eliminates the possibility of picking or bumping because there’s no keyhole for intruders to manipulate.


    As you can see, electronic locks are a smart choice for any home. They can save time, add convenience, and make it safer and easier to share access by eliminating spare keys. Paired with the easy installation and exceptional customer service that Schlage is known for, adding one of our electronic deadbolts or smart locks to your home is an easy step toward a safer, simpler day.

    Home safety and security projects to complete this fall

    November 2, 2017 9:49 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 2, 2017

    Home safety and security projects to complete this fall

    Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and downtime before the holiday bustle to tackle these must-do fall projects.



    Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home for colder weather ahead and take care of any summer projects that may have gone undone. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and downtime before the holiday bustle to tackle these must-do fall projects.
    Fall - Home Security - Safety Projects - Schlage

    Test Alarms and Sensors

    Prepping for the holidays can be so much fun, but it can also mean increased safety hazards in the house. Over the next couple months, you'll be decorating for the holidays, cooking large family meals, burning your fireplace, lighting candles, and maybe setting up a Christmas tree. Prepare for the additional hazards these activities bring by testing your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

    Also, make sure you have a functioning fire extinguisher on each floor of your home. Look for an expiration date on the label and make sure it hasn't passed. In addition, ensure that the pressure dial is in the green, or charged, area.

    Check Insulation Points

    Doors and windows are the primary sources for wasted energy in most homes. Apply caulk, weather stripping and insulation inside and outside of the home to ensure you don’t waste any energy – or see increased energy bills – by letting heat leak out. So be sure to check on weather stripping around your doors, windows, and garage door. The felt strips seal these openings to prevent drafts, but they can wear down over time. Replace any faded weather stripping and complete any other insulation tasks you've been putting off.

    Clean Your Gutters

    Your gutters work hard over fall and winter, and they need your help. Clean them out before it gets too cold. This will prevent gutters from overflowing with rain or snow and damaging your roof. Remove the leaves that accumulate on your roof with a roof rake. Simply position the rake behind the leaves and pull forward until they fall off the roof. Once you’ve climbed up to your gutters, put on some waterproof gloves and scoop the leaves out by hand. Just remember to always keep one hand on the ladder for safety.

    Prepare Your Fireplace

    For wood fireplaces, clean them out thoroughly, check the chimney, and make sure that you have an ample supply of wood. Even if you plan on cleaning and maintaining it yourself, have a professional do an initial inspection. Gas and electric fireplaces can also benefit from an annual inspection before winter begins.

    Clean Up Your Lawnmower, Grill and Other Outdoor Yard Tools

    Your lawnmower, grill and other yard tools are probably dirty after a spring and summer of use. Don't let that dirt and grime sit around all winter. Instead, take the time to clean, tune up and properly store and/or cover these items so they will be ready to be fired up in the spring.

    Clean Carpets

    Fall is an excellent time to clean your carpets inside. Carpets and rugs tend to collect dirt and dust and grime all summer long, and you’ll want them clean for indoor winter activities. Be sure to open your windows and air out your house as the carpet dries – another bonus of tackling this project in the fall.

    Drain Outside Water Faucets and Irrigation

    Not prepping your exterior water outlets could result in an expensive mess on your hands. Water lines exposed to outside temperatures, including underground irrigation lines and exterior faucets, can freeze. When water freezes, it expands, which can crack the pipes or hose bibs.

    Start by turning off the water lines inside your house. The shutoff valves are usually located near the main plumbing line that brings water into the home. Then open the spigots to drain the water in the lines. (If you have to drain your irrigation lines, you'll need a pro.) Check the faucets on occasion to ensure that water isn't leaking out. If it is, the shutoff values either aren't closed all the way, or they're leaky and need to be replaced.

    Trim Problem Bushes and Trees

    The last thing you want are branches to freeze, get too heavy and fall on your house during a snowstorm. Now is the time to inspect nearby trees and shrubs, and cut any low-hanging or dying branches before they can do damage. Resist over-trimming though. Trimming promotes new growth, so wait until your bushes and trees are truly dormant (after winter, early spring) to do your annual pruning.

    What other projects are you taking on this fall to prepare your home for winter? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

    Safer smart homes start with Schlage

    July 21, 2017 1:05 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Safer smart homes start with Schlage

    Smart homes are quickly becoming the new normal. With countless companies making smart products and home automation systems, it can be hard to know where to start.



    Smart homes are quickly becoming the new normal. With countless companies making smart products and home automation systems, it can be hard to know where to start. When you’re starting your smart home, Schlage believes that safety should be your first priority. There are plenty of smart devices that can help, like cameras, motions sensors and smoke detectors, but none more simple and familiar than your front door deadbolt.
    Safe smart home - Home Security - Smart Lock - Schlage Sense

    A background in safety

    Schlage has been making locks for more than a century, and we put all that knowledge into our electronic deadbolts. The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) sets the industry standard for secure home products. All our door hardware, including our electronic deadbolts, has been tested against their guidelines and many have the highest residential BHMA security rating on the market. You can have peace of mind knowing that your home is well protected.

    Understanding BHMA security grades

    The BHMA has three categories - Security, Durability and Finish - that it grades residential locks on. The three grades they give, “C” for good, “B” for better, “A” for best, are given in each category. The Schlage ConnectTM Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm, Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt, and the Schlage TouchTM Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Lever received a rating of AAA from the BHMA.


    Security measures the lock’s strength by how well the hardware withstands impact and remains secure.


    Durability tests how long-lasting and functional the door hardware is. The tests to measure durability include ease of opening the door and long-term use of door hardware.


    The finish rating is based on the door hardware not corroding, peeling, etc. over time. Various weather conditions are tested to make sure the product will withstand different climates.

    Ditch your keys

    When you go keyless, not only do you never have to worry about losing your house keys, you also never have to worry about someone stealing them. No more hiding keys under the mat for guests or making a copy and never getting it back. Just give your guests their own access code. The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt can hold up to 30 codes for anyone that might need to enter your home.

    Never forget to lock up

    With the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, you’ll never again have to go back home and make sure you remembered to lock your door. Using the Schlage Sense app and Apple HomeKit*, you can lock and unlock your door from anywhere. This is also a great capability to have if you have guests coming over. You can let them into your house from the app whether you’re home or not.

    Extra Features

    Both the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt come with extra security features including auto-lock and a built-in alarm. By taking advantage of the built-in alarm feature, your deadbolt will activate an alarm when the lock is tampered with or a significant amount of force is applied to the door. Auto-lock allows you to set your deadbolt to automatically lock after a given amount of time. This way, if you forget to lock the door behind you when you get home, you don’t have to worry about locking up before you go to bed. It will already be done.

    Find other home security tips and more on our Pinterest page.


    *iPad/Apple TV must stay plugged into power at home, connected to Wi-Fi and in Bluetooth range (about 40 feet) of the lock to enable remote access.

    How to choose the best smart lock to protect your home

    July 12, 2017 1:57 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    How to choose the best smart lock to protect your home

    7 features you need to consider when shopping for a smart lock.



    There are few things that change faster than technology and while we may not be in the age of flying cars or living on the moon, we can lock and unlock our doors from across the world. That's pretty impressive in and of itself but today's smart lock can do that and so much more. When it comes to choosing a smart lock, look for these 7 features to ensure you choose a lock with the most advanced and secure technology.
    Smart lock - Schlage Connect - Century style - Schlage

    Security features

    When choosing a smart lock that will protect and secure your home, look for the added benefit of extra security features. At Schlage, we have two smart locks that feature a built-in, audible alarm that triggers when someone is tampering with the lock or applying force to your door. Our locks also feature customizable auto-lock technology so you don't have to worry whether or not the door is locked.

    Ease of access

    While locking and unlocking your door with a phone adds major convenience to your life, you'll want a smart lock that gives you options when it comes to securing your home. Don't get locked out when your phone dies or you put off changing the battery to your lock. With our touchscreen or manual key backup, you'll never have to worry about locking yourself out again. Sharing access with guests that are constantly coming and going is also easy when you can create a custom access code instead of purchasing an ekey or having them download an app.

    Remote capabilities

    Installing a smart lock can provide peace of mind in knowing you can check in with your lock at any time, any place. Be sure to understand the remote access capabilities of the lock before you purchase. Most require an additional hub to allow your lock to communicate with your phone via wi-fi and integrate with other smart devices.

    Battery life

    You may be wondering, "Why can't my lock be powered by wi-fi so I can skip the smart hub altogether?" Having constant wi-fi access to your lock would be a major drain on the battery life. At Schlage, we have smart locks powered by Bluetooth® or Zwave technology. This saves on battery power and means the lock will need to communicate with a smart hub that can convert commands to wi-fi and vice versa. All of our locks have a low-battery alert but we recommend changing your batteries each year when you change the batteries in your smoke detector.

    Residential security grade

    For the most secure lock on the market, let the BHMA residential grading system speak for itself. BHMA is a group of industry experts who grade residential door hardware performance in the categories of Security, Durability and Finish. A grade of ‘C’ is good, ‘B’ is better, and ‘A’ is best. A grade of AAA is the best grade possible in all three categories. Both the Schlage SenseTM Smart deadbolt and Schlage ConnectTM Touchscreen deadbolt with alarm received a grade of AAA from the BHMA.

    Manufacturer's warranty

    You'll want to choose a lock that the manufacturer stands behind with a generous warranty. Warranty terms can usually be found on packaging or by viewing the manufacturer's website. At Schlage, we offer a limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty and a limited three-year electronics warranty to the original user. Contact our customer support team for more information.

    Manufacturer's with a legacy

    If you value quality craftsmanship and purchasing a product that is built to last beyond the latest trends, you'll want to choose a smart lock - and any other smart home device - that is manufactured by a brand with a legacy for strength and durability, has a history of warranty support and can be counted on for ongoing development.

    For more information on our smart lock offerings and a look at which smart home ecosystems our locks are compatible with, visit

    5 ways to make your home safer on summer vacation

    July 5, 2017 9:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    5 ways to make your home safer on summer vacation

    It’s the middle of the summer and the perfect time for a vacation. What you might not know is that is also the perfect time for intruders to break into your home.



    It’s the middle of the summer and the perfect time for a vacation. What you might not know is that is also the perfect time for intruders to break into your home. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, household crime rates are higher in the summer than any other time of year, so it’s important to keep your home secure when you go on vacation. Here are some tips to help keep your house safe and your mind at ease so you can enjoy your time away.
    Home security during summer vacation - Schlage

    Put your lights on a timer

    One way that intruders can find out you’re not home is if your lights stay off for days at a time. Light timers are a great way to fix that. You can set different lights in your house to go on and off at scheduled times to make it look like someone is home.

    Hold mail and newspaper delivery

    Another easy way to tell that someone isn’t home is a pile of mail and newspapers on the front porch. You could ask someone to pick it up for you daily, or you could contact the post office and ask them to hold your mail for the duration of your vacation. This way, your mailbox doesn’t start overflowing while you are away.

    Hire someone to take care of your yard

    Depending on how long you plan to be on vacation, your yard might start to look neglected. This may not seem like a big problem, but an overgrown lawn could be a sign to potential intruders that you aren’t home. Ask someone to come mow your lawn while you’re gone or hire a service to avoid any problems.

    Be careful what you post on social media

    We know you want to post pictures of your vacation online, but it may be safer to wait until you’re home before you share. If an intruder sees your pictures online, they will know that your home is empty and may use the opportunity to break in.

    Get a keyless lock for your home

    It’s possible that you are going to need people to stop by your home while you are away. Whether it’s to feed your pets, water your plants, or drop off the mail that you asked them to pick up, they will need a way inside your home. Instead of leaving a key under a mat or in one of your planters where an intruder could find it, get a keyless lock like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt. You can program codes into the lock for anyone that needs access to your home. You won’t have to worry about hiding a key, and they can simply type their code into the touchscreen. As an added bonus, you can track who has used their codes from the Sense app on your smartphone.

    Do you have any other tips and tricks to keep your home safe while on vacation? Share them on our Facebook page!

    Smart and safe home sharing

    May 30, 2017 3:20 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Eliminate worrying how your guests will make it through the front door when you home share. 



    Home-sharing sites like Airbnb, VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) and HomeAway are popular choices for travelers looking for an authentic experience in a new city or something a little more price friendly than a hotel. But as a home-share host, there are a lot of things to take into consideration before opening your home to renters. Most sites provide thorough home-hosting checklists to ensure that you will be comfortable as a host.  A lot of those things revolve around making sure your guests will be comfortable and have all of the amenities they need. When hosting, it is generally smart that you include basics like bed sheets, a wi-fi password and where the extra toilet paper is. But the most important consideration is getting your guests through the front door.


    Are you planning on being home to let them in? Will they need you every time they want to come in and out? Will you give them a spare key to your house? That could lead to a lot of problems, like them copying your key, guests waiting at your door, or you losing sleep. Thankfully, Schlage’s keyless locks are the perfect solution for these problems.

    AirBnb - Smart locks - Schlage;

    Don’t worry about being home for check-in

    You won’t ever have to be home for your guests to check-in again. With an electronic lock, you no longer have to give your guest the keys in person. For example, with the Schlage Sense Smart DeadboltTM, you can program a different code for each guest from your smartphone. With their own personal code, your guests can get in and out without you giving them a key or needing a lock box.


    Pro Hosting Tip: Using the Schlage Sense iPhone App,you can be in total control of your home using the device that’s already in your pocket.

    No learning curve

    One of the best things about Schlage electronic locks is that there is no learning curve for your guests. You don’t have to ask them to download and familiarize themselves with an app prior to arriving at your house. And you don’t have to teach them any difficult technical skills to interact with your lock. With many of the Schlage locks, like the Schlage ConnectTM, all your guest needs to do to get in the door is enter their code into the illuminated touchscreen.


    Pro Hosting Tip: To keep codes organized, memorable and personal, program the guest’s code as the final four digits of their phone number.

    Know your house is safe

    The best part about using an electronic lock when putting your house on Airbnb, or similar house-sharing sites, is the added layer of safety that it brings. Locks like the Schlage TouchTM take electronic locks one step further by eliminating keys entirely. Not only will your guests feel safer in your home, knowing that you created a lock code specifically for them, but you can also feel safer knowing that with no keyhole, there is no lock for intruders to pick. Schlage electronic locks make hosting home-share guests an easy experience.


    Pro Hosting Tip: With Schlage locks like the Sense and Connect, you can set time frames for each code so that as guests leave, their code will expire and they cannot get back into your house.


    Have you used a wireless lock while hosting with Airbnb before? Share your hosting tips with us on Facebook.

    Improve home security while boosting curb appeal

    May 16, 2017 9:39 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    4 easy ways to improve home security while boosting curb appeal

    Making a good first impression is important. Whether it's potential buyers or family and friends, your home's curb appeal is the first thing people will notice about your home.



    Making a good first impression is important. Whether it’s potential buyers or family and friends, your home’s curb appeal is the first thing that people will notice about your home. But just as important ­­­is making sure that your home is safe. So, we’ve put together a list of things that you can do to improve both curb appeal and your home’s security.


    Landscaping is probably the first thing on everyone’s list when thinking of ways to improve curb appeal. There are a lot of ways to update your landscape and improve the look of your house ranging from fast and inexpensive to big projects that can take time and possibly require outside help. Some of our favorite, smaller projects to quickly improve your garden area are these Better Homes and Gardens suggestions for re-edging your garden plots and creating a new container garden.


    While you’re at it, there are also a couple of things that you can do to your landscape to make your home safer. One of those things is trimming your hedges to make sure that they aren’t blocking the sight line to your windows or door. This removes the possibility of an intruder hiding in plain sight of your home. Another thing you can do, especially if you are planning on going out of town, is to make sure that your lawn is maintained. An unkempt lawn can be an invitation to thieves.


    Fixing up your garage may not be the top priority when it comes to updating the exterior of your home, but it is a great way to increase your home’s security. Older garage doors may be easier to break into or open from the outside, and some states have standards for garage doors to make sure that they are able to stand up to the weather. If you haven’t ever replaced your garage door, it may not be up to safety standards. Also consider adding a Schlage Touch to your garage door. The keyless deadbolt adds another layer of security to your home without adding an extra key onto your ring.


    There are also some easy and affordable projects that you can do for your garage to give it a whole new, more welcoming look. One of our favorites is this faux wood garage door stain from Domestically Speaking. We also love this DIY arbor project that would definitely up your curb appeal.


    Having a welcoming entrance may be the most important aspect of your home’s curb appeal. Your front door can make or break someone’s impression of your home, so updating it is a quick way to drastically improve the look of your home. You don’t have to get a new front door to make it feel like new though, a coat of paint can do wonders. We suggest painting the door a contrasting color to your house like Camila Pavone did for her front door. While you’re at it, replacing your house numbers can add some extra personality to your front entrance.


    Replacing the hardware on your front door is another way to both improve the look of your home and increase security. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is easily installed and not only makes carrying your house keys around unnecessary, it also comes with a built-in alarm to protect your home from any unwanted visitors.


    Once you’ve done all the work to improve your home’s curb appeal, it would be a waste if guests could only see it in the daylight. After all, guests tend to come over in the evening. Outdoor lighting can help to highlight all of the best features of your house and yard. Get some outdoor lighting ideas from the DIY Network.


    Maybe you don’t have a lot of evening guests or you aren’t all that worried about making sure that people see your landscaping at night. Before dismissing outdoor lighting, consider that a well-lit house is also a deterrent for thieves. Landscape lighting can get rid of the dark areas in your yard that could hide an intruder.

    Have you taken your home’s curb appeal to the next level? Share what you’ve done on our Facebook and Instagram pages for a chance to be featured on our Instagram!

    Choosing the right security grade for your exterior deadbolts and locks

    May 10, 2017 12:54 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Choosing the right security grade for your exterior deadbolt and locks

    Here's what you need to know to choose the most secure, and stylish deadbolt and locks for each entry point of your home.



    When it comes to exterior door hardware, quality matters for both security and aesthetics. You need to choose a lock you can trust to keep your belongings and loved ones safe and secure. A great bonus is if it happens to enhance the curb appeal of your home too! Here's what you need to know to choose the most secure, and stylish deadbolt and locks for each entry point of your home.

    Door hardware grades

    The first step to finding the most secure exterior door hardware for your home is to look for hardware that has been tested against the highest industry standards, like the BHMA residential grading system. BHMA is a group of industry experts who grade residential door hardware performance in the categories of Security, Durability and Finish. A grade of ‘C’ is good, ‘B’ is better, and ‘A’ is best. A grade of AAA is the best grade possible in all three categories.

    Residential door hardware security grades
    Now that you understand how to find the best possible grade (AAA) for deadbolts and locks, let's take a look at some of our recommended considerations when choosing the best exterior door hardware for each of your home's entry points.

    Front door


    The front door is your opportunity to make a lasting first impression. To make a great one, the door hardware definitely matters. Greeting your guests with a handleset whose finish has chipped or faded gives the impression that other details in the home will be neglected. You'll want to choose a deadbolt and handleset with the highest finish rating.


    This is also a great opportunity to make sure your home is as secure as possible. You may be surprised to learn that most break-ins happen at the front door. Choose a deadbolt that's been tested for quality against bumping, picking and forced entry. At Schlage, all of our mechanical deadbolts and F-series handlesets are graded AAA for best in residential security, durability and finish.

    Back door


    Like many homeowners, you may find that your back door is the most frequently used by family and close friends. Finish and security definitely matter here but you may want to choose a more convenient option as well. A keyless lock at the back door ensures that everyone who needs access to the home has it without hiding a spare that can be spotted by intruders.


    Both the Schlage ConnectTM Touchscreen deadbolt with alarm and the Schlage SenseTM Smart deadbolt have achieved a AAA grade.

    Interior and exterior garage doors


    Convenience definitely matters for garage doors, whether interior or exterior. As we get closer to summer, you may find your list of outdoor projects growing or summer activities increasing. Make it easy to come and go or move tools to and from the garage by choosing a AAA-rated keyless lock that adds convenience and an extra layer of security.


    The Schlage TouchTM Keyless Touchscreen deadbolt and lever are perfect for garage doors and are rated best in security, durability and finish (AAA).

    For more information about understanding residential door hardware grading and how the testing is done, visit

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