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    How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    June 18, 2019 9:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, June 18, 2019

    How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    Take a look at the security behind Schlage electronic and smart locks.



    For those of us in the door hardware industry, smart 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 smart locks can offer at home. “Are they really secure?” is a question we hear frequently. Let’s take a look at the security behind Schlage smart locks.
    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt on front door.

    Residential security grading

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


    To help homeowners make the same decisions about which hardware is best for their home, the BHMA created a set of standards specific to residential door hardware. This includes three categories - Security, Durability and Finish – with rigid criteria for testing 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 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 Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Alarm, 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. Some garage door codes were compromised 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, blunt-force attacks at your home’s entry points are much more effective than sophisticated electronic methods. The rising popularity of home security systems is putting a dent in traditional break-ins as well, however, making smart locks that integrate with home security systems an increasingly effective solution. Together, they add a layer of electronic security to your home, that allows 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 Encode and Schlage Sense locks are great examples. 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 that sounds when a disturbance is detected at the door or if the wrong code is 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. There’s no need to rekey or buy new locks because a key has been lost. 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 home.


    If you’re not sure which Schlage smart lock is right for you, try our interactive Get Help Deciding Tool.


    How to secure a door with windows.

    June 3, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, June 3, 2019

    White front door with windows | Schlage

    If you have sidelights or windows near your door, we can help you take steps to make your entryway more resistant to intruders.



    There are lots of things that go into making your home, and especially your front door, secure – sturdy building materials, high-quality locks, maybe an alarm system. But sometimes there are weak spots, such as glass doors, that make security more challenging. How do you improve the security around those areas? If you have sidelights or windows near your door, we can help you take steps to make your entryway more resistant to intruders.
    Schlage smart lock on front door with windows.

    Deadbolt possibilities

    The danger of having glass in or near your door is that potential thieves can break the pane and reach through to let themselves in without having to pick or break a lock. There are two ways to reduce the odds of these individuals being successful.


    First, if your area’s building codes allow it, install a double-cylinder deadbolt. These require a key to lock and unlock the deadbolt on both sides of the door. That means that if the thief does break the glass, they’ll still need a key to get in. The risk you take with a double-cylinder deadbolt, and the reason they are regulated in some areas, is that they can make it more difficult to get out of the house quickly in the event of an emergency. If you choose to go this route, it is vital that your household has an emergency preparedness plan in place. so that everyone can exit the home safely, even when anxiety and distress are high.


    Second, you can install a smart lock. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt as well as Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with built-in alarm have sensors to detect disturbances at the door. When the lock is connected to the internet and synced to a compatible smartphone app, you can then choose to receive a push notification to your phone if it registers that someone is trying to tamper with the door.


    No matter what kind of deadbolt you choose, make sure it is properly installed and that the door is also constructed well enough to deter unwanted entry. Using screws that don’t anchor deeply enough or a door jamb of rotting wood can limit any lock’s effectiveness. This goes for any door, not just those with windows.

    More secure options

    You aren’t limited to just locks to secure your door. Alarm systems, some of which integrate seamlessly with Schlage smart locks, can be an effective deterrent against thieves.


    Another kind of alarm is glass break sensors. These sensors use an audio microphone that registers when glass is broken. Typically with a range of several feet, one sensor can generally protect several windows – and sliding glass doors – in a single room.


    You can also replace glass with reinforced windows or add a security film to existing panes. Check out this tutorial from Pretty Handy Girl for reinforcing your windows with film that makes them especially difficult to shatter.


    If you have a sidelight on just one side of your door, one suggestion is to move the location of the hinges so that your knob or lever are on the opposite side as the glass. That will typically reduce intruders’ ability to reach through a broken window to unlatch your door.

    Visit to see our wide variety of locks and door hardware that work to keep your home secure. You can also find more ways to improve your home’s overall security on our blog.


    Secure ways to hide a key that also have major curb appeal.

    May 31, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 31, 2019

    Schlage house key

    Don’t touch that fake rock! There are so many places to hide a spare key that are more secure than in a plastic imitation of a stone that never fooled anyone.



    Don’t touch that fake rock! There are so many places to hide a spare key that are more secure than in a plastic imitation of a stone that never fooled anyone. Try one of these six alternatives to keep your home safe as well as beautiful.
    Schlage house key.

    1. Birdhouse

    We’re firm believers that a key hideaway doesn’t have to be just a hideaway. Use a birdhouse to secret away your spare while also adding some curb appeal and lending some assistance to local wildlife. A trick bottom to the birdhouse, like this one from Good Housekeeping, lets you stash your key without having to dig through whatever your feathered friends left behind.

    2. Mini bottle

    Good Housekeeping is also one of several groups that suggests hiding your key in a medication bottle or other small container. You can then glue a pinecone or other decorative piece to the top to help you find the key after you bury it someplace safe. If you’re worried about a sneaky squirrel running off with your spare, try making that decorative element something you can tuck in a potted plant without drawing attention.

    3. Brick

    If your house has a brick façade or walkway , this is the smarter cousin to the fake rock. It will blend in with the rest of your home better, which adds to the security. Simply tuck the key in a hole in the back of the brick – carving out a notch might require a bit of effort – and rest easy knowing your spare key will be ready when you need it.

    4. Sprinkler head

    Part of great curb appeal is a well-manicured lawn. If you have a sprinkler system to achieve that, you can get a fake sprinkler head that doubles as a key hideaway.

    5. Tree

    Sometimes a good hiding place is right in plain sight. If you have a wooded area in your yard, go ahead and nail the key to a tree. It’s not likely that would-be-thieves are going to search there. Just make sure to put it somewhere less obvious, like up high but still within reach or toward the base of the trunk.

    6. Smart lock

    Of course, the best way to not lose a spare key or have it stolen is to not have one at all. With a smart lock, you can program access codes to gain entry to your home using the touchscreen or your smartphone. Not only is it more secure, it’s also more convenient. Go for that run without carrying keys. Give an access code to your trusted dogwalker, house cleaner or neighbor instead of handing them a mechanical key and then trying to remember who has all the spares. And with a variety of styles and finishes, these locks look stunning on any home.

    Learn more about Schlage smart locks at and get help deciding which is the right one for you with our interactive Get Help Deciding tool.


    10 inexpensive ways to enhance your home security.

    May 9, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    Brick two-story home with red front door.

    Improving your home security is important any time of year. Here are 10 ways to improve your home’s security without breaking the bank or your back.



    As far as we’re concerned, improving your home security is important any time of year, not just at holidays when you’re concerned about packages. But with the change of seasons, now might be a good time to do a quick audit of how safe your house and belongings are. Here are 10 ways to improve your home’s security without breaking the bank or your back.


    Rule #1: Regardless of the kind of locks you have on your home, use them. It’s easy to forget to lock up or feel like it’s necessary, especially if you’re at home. But an unlocked door, no matter how strong your deadbolt or security system, won’t protect you from would-be-thieves.

    Brick two-story home with red front door.

    Smart security

    Not all smart technology costs an arm and a leg, and it’s not all difficult to set up.


    • Timers: With a simple smart plug or plug-in digital timer, you can schedule lights and even shades to give the impression that someone is home. This is especially handy when you’re on vacation, although it’s effective for everyday life, like when you head out to dinner. Some of these have the benefit of “set it and forget it” for additional ease of use. When you add a garage door timer to your security efforts, there’s no more wondering if you closed the door after bringing in the groceries either. These timers automatically lower the door after a certain length of time.

    • Smart locks: There are so many features on a Schlage smart lock that can enhance your home security. Keyless convenience means there are no spare keys to lose and no fake rock, which isn’t that secure anyway, to hide. When you sync your smart lock with an app like the Schlage Home app, you can easily monitor the status of your deadbolt, lock it from anywhere if you forgot before you left the house and see who has used access codes to come and go. Many smart locks also have an auto-lock feature, meaning that if you do forget to lock up behind you, your deadbolt will take care of it for you.

      We have a variety of smart locks that work with different home technology. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt features built-in WiFi, making it increasingly affordable because no additional smart home hubs or accessories are required. It’s battery-powered, so no wiring is necessary, and interactive instructions make installation easy.

    • Motion sensors: Lights are always a good way to deter burglars. Motion sensors have the additional benefit of being a bit startling when a light unexpectedly shines on an ill-intentioned individual. Depending on your setup, sensors can also activate cameras, a push notification to your phone or even sound effects like a barking dog.

    Low-tech security

    Cavemen had spears. Because sometimes all you need is a stick.


    • Sliding door stops: How can a stick keep your home safe peacefully? Place it in the tracks of a sliding door to make it more difficult to sneak in the back door. According to, nearly a quarter of thieves enter the house through the back. You can go high tech or keep it basic. Try a piece of PVC pipe. Then run a string from end to end to make pulling out of the slider’s tracks simple for you.

    • Window stops: You never want to seal off a window – what about those refreshing breezes? – but a window stop can keep a ground-level window from opening wide enough for unwanted entry.

    • Shed locks: Not everything that’s valuable is necessarily in your house. Secure substantial sheds and garages with mechanical deadbolts to protect your power tools, mowers and other big-ticket outdoor items.

    Green security

    Plants can both help and hurt your home’s security. Make them work in your favor.


    • Trim shrubs: Overgrown bushes, especially around entryways and windows, provide easy cover for intruders. If you really want shrubs in these areas, keep them trimmed down.

    • Prickly plants: Another option if you love greenery around your doorways is to choose bushes with thorns and other painful defense mechanisms. No one will want to hide in acacia or climbing roses.

    Social security

    No neighborhood watch? No problem.


    • Meet your neighbors: Even if your community doesn’t have an official neighborhood watch, ask those living near you to keep an eye on your house, especially when you head out of town. They can pick up your mail, park their car in your driveway and even put some of their garbage in front of your house on trash day so it doesn’t look like you’re away.

    • Avoid social media: Yes, we know it’s exciting that you get to go to Hawaii. And it’s probably even more exciting for potential thieves who know it’ll be a while before you return. It’s tempting, but try to hold off on status updates that make it obvious your house is empty.


    Remember that enhancing your home security doesn’t have to be expensive and it certainly doesn’t have to be unattractive. Find more ways to make your home safer while also boosting its curb appeal here. And don’t forget to share your security ideas with us on Facebook and Twitter.


    Schlage Smart Locks: the past, present and future of home automation security.

    January 4, 2019 1:30 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 4, 2019

    2019 smart home security - Schlage

    Smart home automation is going to be bigger than ever in 2019. Take a look at the number one driver behind smart home tech and where the industry is headed.



    Smart home security - Smart locks - Schlage

    Smart home automation is going to be bigger than ever in 2019. According to the Consumer Technology Association, which sponsors the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and exhibitor Microsoft, there will be 30 billion connected devices by 2020, with the smart home market alone approaching $40 billion in total sales.

    The number one driver behind the adoption of smart home tech? It’s still home security, and according to a recent survey by CNET and Coldwell Banker, that trend is expected to continue into 2019 and beyond. That’s where Schlage and its innovative smart lock technology is expected to play a bigger role than ever with new adopters as well as Schlage’s 40 million current customers. Schlage’s role: create smart locks that provide security, convenience and smartphone control and monitoring while seamlessly enhancing the beauty and style of a home.

    The numbers tell the story

    Technology showcases like CES and a seemingly endless stream of articles in today’s tech and home décor magazines paint a picture of just how important home automation is becoming – and how useful and valuable it is for homeowners.


    According to the CNET study:


    • Nearly 50% of millennials have at least one smart home product in their homes

    • More than 2/3 of those are controlled using a smartphone

    • Nearly 2/3 of smart home product owners plan on buying more smart home products in the near future

    • About half of smart home product owners say it saves them both time and money

    • More than 80% of respondents say they are more likely to buy a home if home automation products are already installed

    Home is where the smart is

    Schlage has established itself as a leading brand in home automation security with connected products such as the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. These Schlage smart locks were featured at CES 2018 and were invited to join other smart home technology leaders on the road, coast to coast, with Amazon’s Smart Life Roadshow.

    Amazon Smart Life Roadshow - Schlage
    Bringing convenience to a variety of lifestyles, Schlage offers smart locks designed with the latest Bluetooth®, WiFi, Z-Wave, or Zigbee technologies that pair seamlessly with a wide range of home automation systems. Added compatibility with hands-free voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant makes it easy to build a customized smart home experience.

    Home automation, front and center

    Top technologies presented at CES 2018 and projected to be influential through 2019 included everything from 5G phone service and self-driving cars to the Internet of Things. The top smart home trends also had a significant presence:


    • Voice assistants

    • Hands-free devices

    • Artificial Intelligence and machine learning

    • Localized smart home functionality shifting away from the “cloud”

    • Home automation system architecture

    • Smart home security

    • Home automation products tied to health and wellness
    Smart home security - Smart locks - Schlage

    Looking ahead

    For Schlage, the best is yet to come. Building on a heritage of innovation that began in 1909 with a patent for a door lock that could turn a home’s lights on and off, Schlage is looking to take door hardware – and the smart lock – even farther in 2019 and beyond. Stay tuned as Schlage once again raises the bar in home automation. New products, new platforms, new voice-control innovations - that’s just a taste of what’s in store with Schlage and an entire array of innovative home automation technology partnerships.

    Smart home security - Smart locks - Schlage Sense

    Start at the front door

    Today’s smart home starts at the front door. Schlage provides a wide selection of smart locks that open a world of possibilities for homeowners looking to make the most of today’s rapidly growing home automation technologies. A smarter way in. That’s what today’s – and tomorrow’s – smart home owner enjoys with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

    Home security steps you should take during the holidays.

    December 4, 2018 7:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Holiday - Home Security - Schlage

    With a combination of smart home technology and a little common sense, your holiday season will be as merry as it is worry-free.



    Holiday - Home Security - Schlage

    The holidays are here and soon you’ll be traveling to visit family and friends, hosting guests at your home and eagerly anticipating the delivery of your share of the nearly 2 billion packages that are expected to be shipped this holiday season. Take some advice from the pros at Schlage and make sure your home is secure all season long.


    With nearly half a million homes burglarized during the holidays and robbery rates rising an average of 20% around this time of year, there’s no time like the present to check home security off your holiday list!


    With a combination of smart home technology and a little common sense, your holiday season will be as merry as it is worry-free.

    Install a home security system

    A home security system can decrease your chances of being burglarized by nearly 60%. Options range from 24/7 surveillance by a third party to a DIY setup that you manage and monitor on your own using your smartphone or other connected technologies. Deciding which is best for you depends on your budget and the level of control you wish to have over your system. With most systems going wireless, you can easily install motion and entry detectors around windows and doors and an audible alarm to alert you and your home security provider of a potential breach.

    Install smart home security devices

    You can take home security to the next level by installing smart home devices that allow you to use your smartphone to monitor and control your front door locks from anywhere. Install programmable smart lighting throughout your house in addition to your front porch and garage. Install security cameras that you can watch remotely. You can even connect these to a smart doorbell to see who is coming and going.

    Home Security - Smart locks - Schlage

    Connect a smart lock to your security system

    Connect smart home security devices to any number of Schlage smart locks that integrate seamlessly into today’s most advanced home automation systems. They provide the convenience of keyless keypad entry and allow you to monitor and control access from your phone. Schlage offers a wide range of connected locks that deliver both security and peace of mind.

    Home Security - Exterior lighting - Schlage

    Keep the exterior lights on

    The best way to deter intruders is to keep the exterior of your home well-lit. Motion sensor lighting can both alert others that someone may be nearby and make the intruder turn away. Projected and architectural lighting can provide a holiday lightscape or a simple highlight as well as a bright, visible deterrent. The best part? According to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief for Allegion, lighting is one of the most affordable ways to provide both security and beauty through the holiday season and beyond.

    Home Security - Tips - Schlage

    Make your home look occupied

    There's nothing more enticing to a home intruder than a home that appears to be vacant. Triggers that signal this include mail piled up by the front door or a house that remains dark during all hours of the day. Ask your Post Office to hold your mail until you return or a nearby friend to collect it each day. If you have installed a keyless lock, you can assign a code that allows a trusted friend or neighbor to place your mail inside and check on any plants or pets. Also consider smart lighting that will turn on and off at different times of the day to give the appearance that someone is home. If it is expected to snow while you're away, arrange for someone to clear your sidewalks and driveway.

    Keep valuables away from windows

    Burglars prefer to get in and out of a house as quickly as possible to avoid being caught. Having a clear view of a valuable item will make your home a target. Keep valuables out of sight and install blinds or curtains for even more protection. The same goes for packages you leave in your car. The few extra seconds you spend to secure your packages in the trunk or to cover them on the floor in the back seat will pay big dividends later.

    Home Security - Package delivery - Schlage

    Keep your package deliveries safe

    Most of us worry this time of year about our packages being stolen. Asking neighbors to retrieve them for you, asking your delivery professionals to leave them in an inconspicuous location, redirecting your packages through the USPS, UPS or FedEx websites ¬– these all offer simple, common-sense solutions that can keep your deliveries secure. Another great option is to use a package delivery lockbox. Remember, thieves are looking for a quick and easy score, so even the smallest deterrent can make a big difference.

    Keep your travel plans off social media

    By all means, let your family, close friends and neighbors know you will be gone so they can keep an eye on things. But as excited as you may be to get away, don’t post your holiday travel plans on Facebook or Twitter and don’t broadcast your adventures on Snapchat or Instagram. Trust us, no matter how much fun you’re having, it can all wait until you return!

    Make a holiday security checklist

    Finally, before you set off on your holiday travels, make a short to-do list so you don’t overlook something.

    • Notify your neighbors that you’ll be gone.
    • Pause your regular mail, newspaper and any other scheduled deliveries.
    • Arrange for your packages to be delivered securely or re-directed.
    • If you have a product like a Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, make sure you assign custom security codes for any family, friends or neighbors to whom you wish to grant access while you are away.
    • Program your home automation system to make sure your lights and other connected systems go on and off when you want them to.

    With a small investment in the latest technologies and a little know-how, you’ll be all set for the holidays. What extra steps do you take to make sure your home is safe and secure? Give us your best tips by sharing with us on Facebook. And make sure you’re ready for the holidays with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

    A big idea? Ted talks tiny houses and how best to secure them.

    August 17, 2018 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Ted Talks - Tiny Homes - Schlage

    How can one downsize to what is essential and important, live happily and comfortably on a budget all while serving as a steward of the environment?



    Ted Talks - Tiny Houses - Schlage

    The Tiny House movement can be credibly traced back to Henry David Thoreau, his 1843 Walden Pond experiment (and the book that came of it) as well as the $28 dollars he spent to build what amounted to one of the first true “tiny houses.” It was 150 square feet and featured a fireplace, a table, a desk and three chairs. Its purpose? To see if a person can eschew the trappings of luxury and live happily and comfortably with less. For less.


    Today’s tiny house is a little bigger – around 400 square feet on average – and often includes a kitchen and bathroom. But the general concept, re-introduced in 1997 and exploding today, remains the same. How can one downsize to what is essential and important, live happily and comfortably on a budget all while serving as a steward of the environment?


    To get a unique perspective on the phenomenon, we asked Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, to share some thoughts on tiny living and how a tiny home and its owner can benefit from the Schlage door hardware products that Ted helps design.

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q. Why invest in the latest Schlage door hardware when part of the motivation for building a tiny home is saving money?

    A. “Just because it’s tiny doesn’t make it any less of a house. In fact, these homeowners have downsized to the point that they’re only really keeping their most prized, most valuable possessions.”


    “It may be counter-intuitive, but they actually need the better locks. From a security standpoint, there’s less between themselves and the outside world than you’d find in your typical 2,600-square-foot home. In the final analysis, how can someone afford not to have the best locks possible for their tiny house? You’ve got maybe an entrance or two and maybe an interior door, so why not get the best lock you possibly can to secure what’s important to you?”

    Tiny Homes - Schlage

    Q. Would you say that cost, then, is the main driver behind the tiny living phenomenon?

    A.“It’s one of them, for certain. The average cost of a tiny home is only around $20,000. But when you look at the costs and then factor in everything else, it’s really more than just saving money. Tiny living helps to reduce one’s carbon footprint. What’s more, the lifestyle really requires you to take stock of what’s important and make some significant decisions about where and how you want to live. It’s a little house, but it involves some pretty big thinking.”

    Q. Who is buying and building these tiny homes?

    A. “Believe it or not, 2 out of 5 tiny homes is owned by someone over 50 years old. Owners of tiny homes are individualists looking for something different; some fun in their lives. They’re principled, emotionally engaged, they know what they want and they go and get it. There’s a measure of pride and ownership building a home and a lifestyle like this. It’s like joining a club, of sorts, where tiny homeowners find a measure of identity and self-actualization through the investments and the decisions they make to embrace tiny living.”

    “Identifying with folks like this is an important part of who we are and what we do. That hasn’t changed for us since Walter Schlage started the company in 1920. This allows us to design products for a typical home, door hardware specially made for really demanding commercial applications or, in this case, stylish and secure door hardware that fits perfectly with the style and performance needs of the tiny home.”

    Q. As a style influencer, what are some challenges you’d anticipate an owner of a tiny home might face selecting the right door hardware?

    A. “It’s not the hardware that’s the challenge. All of our products are refined for user experience, aesthetics, quality – all without sacrificing security. And that’s regardless of application. For the owner of a tiny home, it really is a matter of finding products that fit the style and character of their house. That’s as true of the appliances they choose as it is of their door locks. These aren’t just boxes. This isn’t camping. These aren’t trailers. I liken them to those quaint motor court cottages that were popular in the 20’s and 30’s and they range in style from rustic to Victorian to ultra-modern. So, it’s important that we provide flexible styles and finishes that complement these homes, just as we would any home. And we do, along with the security and convenience people expect from Schlage.”

    Tiny Home - Security - Schlage

    Q. Anything else a tiny living homeowner needs to prepare for, security-wise?

    A. “There are a lot of important possessions that you would normally keep in a garage or shed at home that you wouldn’t have room for in a typical tiny house. Bicycles. Motorcycles. Utility and recreational vehicles. Your lawnmower. Your grill. Our sister company, Kryptonite, is known for its specialty locks and offers a wide selection of smart, serious security solutions. We have your tiny home secured, inside and out.”


    “If you’re thinking about opening your home to guests, carefully weigh the pros and cons. Think it through from every angle. And prepare yourself and your home for the tremendous responsibility you’re taking on, as well as for the tremendous opportunity. Take advantage of the latest smart home technologies to ensure a great experience for you and your guests. And look to Schlage to provide the style, simplicity and security you’ll need, plus the peace of mind that can only come from a brand that’s this experienced and trusted.”

    Q. With tiny homes often available as vacation rentals on Airbnb and similar platforms, are there any special security considerations?

    A. “Home hosting is huge right now and it only makes sense that the tiny house and home hosting phenomenon would intersect at some point. Again, a tiny house is still a house, so security, convenience, affordability and style play just as important a role in determining one’s selection of door hardware. For instance, a Schlage programmable electronic lock or a smart lock would be ideal for the exterior doors. You get the convenience of an easily changeable and assignable code versus having to provide a key for your rental properties. And with smart locks, you’re providing the added benefits of managing home access using your smartphone. That goes for whatever size home you’re renting.”

    Tiny home - Smart lock - Schlage

    Image and quote from Matt and Melina of @ourtinybeachhouse, minimalist DIYers who use Schlage locks.

    Q. Do you see yourself living in a tiny house at some point?

    A. “The simplicity, the style, the reduction of complications in one’s life – these have a real appeal to me. It’s just that by the time I made room for my more than 1,000 books on architecture and architectural design and all my art supplies, it would no longer be a tiny house!”

    Whatever the motivation behind your interest in tiny living, you can look to Schlage to provide the safety, simplicity and style you’ll need plus the peace of mind that can only come from a brand backed by almost 100 years of experience and trust.

    5 reasons a locksmith is worth the investment

    June 29, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 29, 2018

    Hiring a Locksmith - Schlage

    The decision to hire a professional locksmith can pay for itself in time, convenience and peace of mind when it comes to something as important as helping to secure your home.



    Hiring a Locksmith - Rekey locks - Schlage

    Like most things, the decision to hire a professional in lieu of employing a DIY solution has its trade-offs. But the decision to hire a professional locksmith can pay for itself in time, convenience and peace of mind when it comes to something as important as helping to secure your home.


    Schlage has many products that are easy to install with nothing but a screwdriver and some handy know-how. But we’ll also be the first to recommend a licensed, registered locksmith if you’re looking to rekey your locks or undertaking a big task like replacing all the door hardware in your home. And if you’ve ever locked yourself out and locked your keys in, then you already know how valuable it is to have a relationship with a local locksmith or at least know where to find one. Allegion’s (maker of Schlage Locks) online locksmith locator tool gives you quick, easy access to a registered professional.


    Here are the 5 top reasons to think about letting a locksmith do it:

    1. Convenience

    A licensed, registered locksmith will have the tools and the expertise to handle most any challenge. And that’s 24/7, 365 days a year. You’ll save time, get professional service on your own schedule (even in an emergency), and help is rarely more than a click or phone call away.

    2. Knowledge and Experience

    Did you just move into a new home and are looking to rekey your exterior doors, providing single key convenience for all your locks? This is just one example of service requiring a level of expertise even the most intrepid DIY enthusiast probably doesn’t possess. No worries when you leave it to a qualified ALOA (Associated Lock Smiths of America) professional and to locks you can trust.


    According to Jared Gehle, Schlage Channel Sales Manager: “You should look to a locksmith anytime you’re not sure what you need or have any doubts about how to upgrade or install or upgrade your door hardware.”

    3. Quality you can trust

    Schlage doesn’t make locks that are easy to rekey since they generally don’t meet our strength and integrity standards. We recommend the job be left to professionals and to the guarantee of quality service they’ll provide.


    Says Gehle: “Fitting new hardware to existing door openings or undertaking something potentially complicated like rekeying or replacing a number of locks throughout your home can be a lot of work. A locksmith allows you to prepare for any eventuality, saving you time, money and aggravation.”

    4. Peace of mind

    In more than a third of the two-million-plus burglaries that occur each year, the perpetrators come in through the front door. Don’t trust your home security to just anyone. Or any old lock. The Schlage brand is trusted by professionals and home owners alike with a heritage built on nearly 100 years of innovation, strength, quality and style.

    5. Value

    You get what you pay for. Getting the job done right, right from the start, will pay for itself many times over. If you have a non-standard door, if you’re replacing locks and the door measurements don’t conform to Schlage specifications (if you’re replacing a mortise lock, for instance), these kinds of adjustments are many times beyond the skill level – and patience – of a DIY project.

    Hiring a Locksmith - Schlage

    Gehle concludes: “Even if you think you know what you’re doing, don’t hesitate to contact a locksmith for advice, a specific product recommendation or for helpful tips. There’s no substitute for expertise and experience. They’ve got all the right tools. And a locksmith will be there for you at every turn.”


    Considering hiring a locksmith to rekey your locks or install new ones? Define what is important to you, choose a licensed lock professional you trust and visit for more information and a wide range of innovative, stylish, top-grade door hardware possibilities.

    5 steps for moving in and getting settled in your new home

    June 15, 2018 8:22 AM by reference-adjustment-service

    Friday, June 15, 2018

    Moving - New home checklist - Schlage

    In this, the second of our two-part post on preparing your current home for sale and moving into your new one, we've outlined 5 steps to make the most of your move with a number of easy, DIY solutions.



    Moving - New Home Checklist - Schlage

    You’ve worked for this moment and have earned all the opportunity and rewards coming your way in your new home. The possibilities are virtually limitless now that you’re starting to settle in. In this, the second of our two-part post on preparing your current home for sale and moving into your new one, your friends at Schlage have outlined 5 steps to make the most of your move with a number of easy, DIY solutions.

    Moving - New door hardware - Schlage

    Step 1: Secure

    There are a number of things you should do, first thing, to make your new home as secure as possible.

    • Make sure your insurance coverages and information are up to date. If you need new home, property or flood insurance, now’s the time to find out.

    • Create a new, easily accessible emergency contact list, especially if you’ve moved some distance from your old home.

    • Replace the batteries (if applicable) in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure all of these systems are in good working order.

    • Replace fire extinguishers, making sure you have enough strategically placed so you can access them easily from all corners of the house.

    • Activate the home security system if there is one installed or install a new one (a home without a security system is more than three-times more likely to be broken into.)

    • Change all the locks in your home, as there’s no telling how many sets of old keys are floating around out there. Options range from re-keying current locks to replacing your exterior locks with the latest keyless electronic locks. Some of these can even be controlled from your smartphone from anywhere.

    Step 2: Assess

    Did everything arrive – and arrive intact? Is your new home clean and ready for you to move in? Is everything working as it should be?

    • Check all appliances, boxes and furniture for moving damage and don’t hesitate to file a claim with your mover if anything is amiss.

    • Clean before you unpack. This is the perfect time to deep clean, including getting vents and ductwork professionally cleaned.

    • Plan out where you want all your furnishings to go before you start moving things around.

    • Organize drawers, closets and storage now, before you actually start packing them full.

    • Check all home systems – from HVAC to electric service to utilities – to make sure everything has been hooked up, set up and is operating to your liking.

    Step 3: Settle In

    It’s time to unpack, unwind and start enjoying the fruits of your efforts. The end is in sight. According to our friends at The Spruce, organization is the key.

    • Determine your color scheme and decorating needs before you settle in and do as much of your painting and staining as possible before moving day.

    • Develop a plan for unpacking and decide where you want things to go before you open that first box.

    • Apply that same thinking to setting your furnishings, populating your shelves and decorating.

    • Unpack one room at a time, starting with the kitchen before moving on to bedrooms, bathrooms and larger, multi-use rooms (in that order).

    • Make sure you’re getting your mail! This isn’t something you want to discover was overlooked a week into your new home.

    Step 4: Connect

    Do friends and family know where to find you (well, the ones you want to find you, anyway)? Do you know who to call should you need anything? Make a list!

    • Don’t hesitate to ask your realtor for their list of contacts. He or she is a great resource for everything from plumbers and painters to local take out.

    • Update your own contact lists, from family and friends to those all-important emergency numbers to local services.

    • Get the lay of the land. Where is the nearest good pizza? How about the nearest pharmacy? Your nearest Lowe’s or The Home Depot? Scope it out.

    • Reach out to your immediate neighbors and introduce yourself if they haven’t already taken the initiative.
    Moving - Smart locks - Schlage

    Step 5: Celebrate

    It’s time to celebrate by giving yourself a well-deserved house warming party. Here’s how, from Better Homes and Gardens.

    Welcome home

    For people selling their home, very often the best investment is to just switch out their entryway door hardware incorporating the convenience, security and curb appeal it affords. For new home owners, however, an investment in all new door hardware, indoors and out, will continue to pay returns right up to and including when you’re in the market for your next new home.


    From all of us at Schlage, congratulations. We’re here to help you make your new home as secure as can be with our innovative, high performance and stylish mechanical and electronic door hardware.


    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt are perfect for home automation and making your home smarter. These are but a few of the products Schlage offers to open possibilities for you and your new home. Share with friends and family who are looking to make a move and help open possibilities for them, too.

    What really makes a lock secure?

    June 7, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 7, 2018

    Home Security - Secure locks - Schlage

    When it comes to exterior door hardware, quality matters for both security and aesthetics.



    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.
    Home Security - Secure Locks - Schlage

    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.

    Home Security - Door hardware grades - Schlage
    Now that you understand how to find the best possible grade (AAA) for deadbolts and locks, here are a few additional features to look for when choosing the most secure lock for your home:

    Anti-pick shield

    Many Schlage locks come with an integrated anti-pick shield to provide added security. The shield doesn’t impact the look of the lock, but it does strengthen it against lock pick attacks.

    1-inch bolt with spinning pin

    Schlage locks come with a solid zinc 1-inch bolt for added kick-in resistance. This is larger than many bolts on the market, and it does make a difference in security. Because of this larger, sturdier bolt, Schlage locks require a larger bore hole than those required by competitors. Widening the bore hole may take an extra few minutes if you’re switching from another brand to Schlage, but the added security is well worth it.


    Schlage bolts also include a hardened steel pin inside that spins in response to sawing attacks, so it can’t be cut through. Plus, a half inch of the bolt remains in the housing when locked for even more kick-in resistance.

    Longer screws

    Schlage offers a strike reinforcement plate with 3-inch screws that also add more kick-in resistance. Be advised though, if you have a sidelight (a window that runs parallel to your door on the side that latches), the 3-inch screws may be too long to use. This is one of many reasons that sidelights should be avoided as they are a security liability.

    Sleek profile

    A low profile face on a deadbolt makes it just about impossible to grab with a wrench or pull off.

    Take your lock strength and security a step further with a keyless, electronic lock. Here are a couple more attractive security features that are specific to electronic locks only:

    Completely keyless

    Some locks, like the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Lock, don’t come with a key cylinder. Many homeowners feel comfortable having a backup key option, but the truth is that once you adopt an electronic lock, it is highly unlikely you’ll ever need a key again. Most electronic lock users stop using keys completely, given how easy it is to share access electronically or with an access code. With a low battery indicator and up to 1-year battery life standard across our electronic locks, you don’t have to worry about getting locked out and needing that key (just don’t ignore the indicator!)


    But it’s not just easy – it’s more secure. With no cylinder on the lock, there’s no opportunity to pick the lock or create a fake ‘bump’ key to bypass it.


    Even if you don’t go completely keyless, electronic locks make it possible to completely eliminate the need for spare keys that can easily fall into the wrong hands. Just use access codes that can be easily created and deleted as needed. Plus, with no spare keys floating around, there’s no need to ever rekey the lock.


    All Schlage electronic locks come with encryption for a secure connection. Schlage is committed to offering electronic options that add convenience without sacrificing security, and that’s why we always design our products with data privacy and encryption needs top of mind.


    When choosing products that are meant to protect our homes and families, it’s important to look for the best. Keep an eye out for these features next time you’re shopping around – or save some time and just grab a Schlage lock, where all of these features and more come standard.

    Have more questions about door hardware security? Be sure to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook.

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