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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.

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

    How to get the most out of your Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

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

    Thursday, May 31, 2018

    Smart Lock - Schlage Sense - Integrations

    Did you know you can pair your Schlage Sense smart lock with additional accessories to get even more convenient features?

     

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    You may wonder how a residential door hardware company would ever think to begin using electronics in their products. We’d encourage you to check out our Company History page, but the bottom line is that Schlage offers electronic locks because they can add an array of conveniences to your day-to-day life.
    Smart Lock - Schlage Sense - Integrations


    Assign each of the kids their own unique access code so you can track when they get home. Set a schedule for the dog walker’s access code so they can only get in when you want them to. Customize settings like built-in alarm and auto-locking to add extra security – no more worrying about the kids forgetting to lock the door behind them. These are all standard features of our Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt, but did you know you can pair your Schlage Sense lock with additional accessories to get even more convenient features?
     

    With all the new technology coming out from major companies like Google, Amazon and Apple, there are a lot of exciting smart home integrations happening with the deadbolt that allow you to customize your experience to your daily needs. We don’t all have kids, and we don’t all need a dog walker. The reason we offer integrations like these with our Schlage Sense lock is so we can offer features that can be customized to your specific lifestyle, whatever that looks like.
     

    Navigating all the different options can be tricky. The technology involved isn’t really important…what’s important is how it can be useful to you. What other items in your home will it work with, and what are the possible benefits?
     

    We’ve broken down for you below all the integration possibilities for the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. You can navigate the headings below quickly by answering one simple question: does your household use iOS devices only, a mix of iOS and Android smartphones, or Android only?

    Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter

    The Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter lets you lock and unlock your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt from anywhere with your Android smartphone or your iPhone®. This means any time you can’t remember whether you locked the door behind you, or would like to let a friend in because you’re running late on the way home, you can use the app to check the lock status and lock and unlock with just a tap.

     

    The adapter is easy to use and takes up minimal space – if you plug it into the bottom outlet, you’ll still have a plug available on top. Just plug the adapter in and use the Schlage Home app to pair it with your deadbolt and connect it to your home WiFi network for anywhere access. The adapter can support up to two Schlage Sense locks at a time, and does not work with Apple HomeKit or Siri voice control.

     

    In order for anywhere access to stay connected, the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter must stay plugged into power at home, connected to Wi-Fi and in Bluetooth® range (about 40 feet) from the lock.

    Amazon Alexa

    If you pair your Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter with your Schlage Sense lock, you’ll be able to use hands-free voice control with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon Echo and Dot. Learn more about Alexa features here.

    Google Assistant

    Similar to Alexa, if you pair your Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter with your Schlage Sense lock, you’ll be able to use hands-free voice control with Google Assistant-enabled devices like Google Home. Learn more about Google Assistant features here.

    Apple TV / HomePod / iPad

    If you love Apple products and your entire household uses iPhone rather than Android, you can program your lock to work with Apple HomeKit. This option won’t allow for any Android compatibility, but it will allow you to pair your lock with other HomeKit-enabled devices to customize your Apple-centric smart home experience. You can also use the lock with the Home app that comes built into the latest iOS.

     

    If you have an Apple TV or a HomePod, pairing with your Schlage Sense lock will allow you to connect to your lock from anywhere to make sure the door is locked or let a guest in while you’re running late. You can even use an iPad with the latest iOS as a smart home ‘hub’ that pairs with your lock to offer anywhere access, provided the iPad stays plugged in at home where it can connect to your lock through Bluetooth.

    Have more questions about the Schlage Sense lock? Be sure to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook.

    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt now works with Google Assistant

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

    Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt - Google Assistant

    Find out how to setup your Schlage Sense smart lock with Google Assistant and the advanced features you can now unlock with this new integration.

     

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    On the heels of new Amazon Alexa capabilities, at Schlage we’re proving that we aren’t done innovating! In fact, today we’re announcing that the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt now works with Google Assistant. With the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter, you can connect your Schlage Sense smart lock with your Google Assistant-enabled devices. This allows you to ask Google Assistant to check the status of your lock and command it to lock hands-free using just your voice. Here’s everything you need to know before you get started.
    Schlage Sense - Google Assistant

    1. Will current Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt models be compatible with Google Assistant?

    Yes. All current Schlage Sense lock models will be compatible with Google Assistant-enabled devices through the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter.

    2. How do I connect my Schlage Sense lock with Google Assistant?

    In order to use the Schlage Sense lock with Google Assistant-enabled devices, users must connect the deadbolt to the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter, sold separately. Follow the setup steps within the app to link your Schlage account with your Google Assistant account, then add the Schlage action. Once connected, users will be able to access their lock using voice activation.

    3. Which Google Assistant voice activation commands work with the Schlage Sense lock?

    Google Assistant users can lock and check the status of their Schlage lock. This offers consumers the peace of mind and convenience of knowing their homes are always locked and protected by one of the strongest, most convenient locks on the market.

    4. Which Google Assistant voice activation commands will not work with the Schlage Sense locks?

    Schlage is committed to providing consumers with a suite of keyless electronic products developed to address their need for convenient and secure locks. With this in mind, Google Assistant voice control commands are not enabled to unlock or create/maintain secured codes because a second authentication step is not available for Google Assistant. Offering an additional authentication step for any actions that can impact the security of the home is part of Schlage’s commitment to offering solutions that are both convenient and secure.

    5. Why can’t I unlock my Schlage Sense lock with Google Assistant using voice control?

    Schlage has a legacy in producing the strongest locks in the industry that offer easy ways to add another layer of security, and even make it smarter. This legacy and commitment remains true with Google Assistant-enabled devices. With this in mind, Google Assistant voice control commands are not enabled to unlock or create/maintain secured codes because a second authentication step is not available for Google Assistant. Offering an additional authentication step for any actions that can impact the security of the home is part of Schlage’s commitment to offering solutions that are both convenient and secure. Schlage’s focus continues to be ensuring that the power of unlocking a home remains in consumers' hands directly.

    6. Why can’t I add or delete user codes on my Schlage Sense lock with Google Assistant?

    Already trusted in over 40 million homes, Schlage always aim to create carefully designed products that bring the possibilities and potential of every door in your home to life – keeping you safe and making life easier and more connected. We are unwilling to compromise that, especially when it comes to smart home integrations. Therefore, we always want to ensure something like adding and delete user codes remain in the users’ hands directly, rather than relying on third-party components.

    For more information about the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and its capabilities, visit schlage.com/sense.

    A look at more than 95 years of innovation

    May 18, 2018 8:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 18, 2018

    Schlage History

    From early lock innovations to today’s smart lock technology, Schlage has been at the forefront of the industry and is a global leader continuing to grow its reputation for innovation, performance and style.

     

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    Walter Schlage’s first patent was issued in 1909. The company that would bear his name was incorporated in 1920. From early lock innovations to today’s smart lock technology, Schlage has been at the forefront of the industry and is a global leader continuing to grow its reputation for innovation, performance and style. Click through this historical timeline and see history in the making.
     

    A look through Schlage's history.

    From its original patents to the latest smart lock technology, Schlage's history consists of more than 95 years of innovation.

    The first smart home device.

    1909

    The first smart home device.

    Ahead of today’s smart home by more than 100 years, Walter Schlage patented a door lock that also turned the home’s lights on and off.

    Schlage Lock Company is Born.

    1920

    Schlage Lock Company is born.

    Walter Schlage opens his own lock shop, developing tools to manufacture the first push-button locking mechanism.

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    1921

    The cylindrical pin-tumbler lock.

    As an alternative to the mortise lock, the standard of the day, Walter Schlage advances the new cylindrical pin-tumbler lock by adding his push-button.

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    1923

    Push-button lock revolutionizes industry.

    The Schlage Lock Company goes into full-scale production of the new push-button lock from its brand-new production facility.

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    1940

    Modern pioneer honored.

    Walter Schlage is honored with the Modern Pioneer Award for outstanding American inventors by the National Association of Manufacturers.

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    1946

    Mr. Schlage passes.

    Walter Schlage, “the Lock Wizard,” dies at the age of 64, securing a timeless legacy that endures to this day.

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    1950

    Expansion.

    The Schlage Lock Company begins more than a half-century of growth with an acquisition strategy that continues to bring innovative, new products into the fold.

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    1958

    Lovely locks...The jewels of the home.

    This Schlage ad appeared in magazines in 1958.

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    1961

    Beauty where it shows, quality where it counts.

    Schlage's ad campaigns in the early 60s featured entryways designed by architects. The one featured in this ad was designed by Anshen & Allen.

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    1974

    Acquisition.

    Schlage is acquired by Ingersoll Rand and becomes part of the Ingersoll Rand Door Hardware Group.

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    1975

    Going global.

    Schlage, still part of Ingersoll Rand, acquires lock manufacturing facilities in New Zealand, and a global brand is born.

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    1976

    Rocky Mountain High.

    Schlage continues its domestic growth with the opening of a new production facility in Security, Colorado manufacturing standard locksets and handcrafted hardware.

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    1997

    Bold move.

    Schlage relocates its administrative offices to Colorado Springs, Colorado, as part of aggressive growth initiatives which continue to this day.

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    2002

    Kryptonite.

    Schlage acquires Kryptonite, the renowned bicycle lock manufacturer, to further diversify its product offerings.

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    2004

    It's electric.

    Schlage releases the King Kobra Digital Lock, a manually programmable electronic access control lock.

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    2008

    Connected.

    Schlage announces its first connected door lock, a wireless battery-powered lock that works with Z-Wave smart home systems.

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    2010

    Team effort.

    Schlage joins Home Depot to provide entry and indoor locks for 24 Habitat for Humanity homes in Colorado Springs.

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    2010

    Brand awareness.

    Remodeling Magazine brand use study reveals Schlage as the most recognized brand among remodelers from among brands in 46 product categories.

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    2011

    First built in alarm.

    Schlage launches the first residential door lock with a built-in, instant-on alarm, that provides an additional layer of security.

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    2012

    On guard.

    Schlage spearheads a national neighborhood safety initiative in conjunction with National Neighborhood Watch and the USAonWatch crime prevention program.

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    2013

    Go keyless.

    The new Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt Lock puts keyless entry and built-in alarm technology at users’ fingertips.

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    2013

    Welcome to Allegion.

    Schlage’s global stature is reinforced through its acquisition by Allegion, North America’s #1 manufacturer of security and safety products and systems.

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    2014

    Keyless takes off.

    Keyless takes off. Schlage ushers in “The Keyless Era” with the launch of its newest electronic lock, the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Lock.

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    2015

    Schlage style and innovation.

    Schlage door hardware becomes known as much for its premium style as for its innovation and quality.

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    2015

    Smart ideas.

    Schlage introduces the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, designed to work with Apple HomeKit technology to provide next-gen keyless convenience.

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    2016

    Always colorful.

    ELEVATE Design Collective unveils a revitalized urban Soho loft designed in partnership with Jennifer Schmidt during New York Design Week. The event showcases Single Malt, a new signature color developed by the Collective at the Pantone Color Institute.

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    2017

    Innovation.

    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is now compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit and Android.

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    2017

    Setting the standard.

    Schlage is one of the first lock manufacturers to adopt the new BHMA residential lock-grading performance standards.

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    2018

    And more innovation.

    Schlage unveils its newest product, Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware, which offers advanced flexibility in functionality and premium designer style at the affordable Schlage price.

     
    The first smart home device.
    1909

    The first smart home device.

    Schlage Lock Company is born.

    The cylindrical pin-tumbler lock.

    Push-button lock revolutionizes industry.

    Modern pioneer honored.

    Mr. Schlage passes.

    Expansion.

    Lovely locks...The jewels of the home.

    Beauty where it shows, quality where it counts.

    Acquisition.

    Going global.

    Rocky Mountain High.

    Bold move.

    Kryptonite.

    It's electric.

    Connected.

    Team effort.

    Brand awareness.

    First built in alarm.

    On guard.

    Go keyless.

    Welcome to Allegion.

    Keyless takes off.

    Schlage style and innovation.

    Smart ideas.

    Always colorful.

    Innovation.

    Setting the standard.

    And more innovation.

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    For more information on Schlage’s legacy and Schlage today, click here. In the meantime, stay informed of new product developments and company news by connecting with us on one of our social channels.

    Great design is in the details – a look back at the ELEVATE Design Collective

    May 17, 2018 8:12 AM by pooja.katkar

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Interior Design - Jennifer Wagner Schmidt

    To celebrate the two-year anniversary of the ELEVATE Design Collective NYC loft unveiling, we're catching up with designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt to reflect on the impact the project has made in the world of interior design.

     

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    Two years ago, six home brands came together to show how the smallest details can work together to truly complete your space. Schlage®, Delta®, Formica®, Hunter®, JELD-WEN®, and KitchenAid® formed the ELEVATE Design Collective and set out on a mission to inspire and expand the possibilities of interior design. To show their products in action, they teamed up with interior designers Jennifer Wagner Schmidt and Mary Jo Peterson to complete a breathtaking New York City loft makeover. To celebrate the two-year anniversary of the unveiling, we’re catching up with Jennifer Wagner Schmidt of JWS Interiors to reflect on the impact the ELEVATE Design Collective has made in the world of interior design.
    Interior Design - ELEVATE Design Collective - Jennifer Wagner Schmidt

    Q&A with Jennifer Wagner Schmidt

    Q: What have you been up to since we last worked together? Any fun projects you care to share?

    A. "So much has happened in 2 years! The Elevate project was such a great experience and project to work on with everyone. JWS Interiors garnered new clients as a result of the project, which has been great!

    We recently completed a whole house project here in the DC area. A unique, modern take on farmhouse style, the Piet Boon designed home was one of my favorite projects to work on. JWS Interiors was tasked with the design of the entire home. We were thrilled when Elle Decor featured it as a whole house tour this past March."

    Q: Looking back, how did the Elevate project change your view on door hardware? Have you found yourself recommending it to clients?

    A. "Working with Schlage was great for me a designer. I learned so much about hardware in general; the project also made me focus more attention on this important detail when designing!"

    Q: Since Elevate, Schlage has launched the Schlage Custom Door Hardware line – what do you think? What is your favorite, style and finish?

    A. "This was a really smart idea-it allows the homeowner or designer to really tailor the hardware to the project/home. I'm always partial to clean, modern lines, so the Custom Latitude Lever with Upland Trim was a clear winner in my book! The Matte Black finish looks amazing!"

    Q: What features of Custom do you see being most useful in consumers’ homes?

    A. "Anytime you have the option to customize your look--whether that relates to fabric, finishes, or in this case, the style of hardware & finish-- without spending a lot of money--is a win-win. The customer gets exactly what they want - no compromise when it comes to style or function."

    Q: Lastly, a fun question, what Single Malt product did you secretly want to take home after the Elevate Design Collective loft unveil?

    A. "The Hunter Ceiling Fan was really different and modern. I loved the wire caged industrial feel!"

    At Schlage, we’re not done impacting the world of interior design. Check out our latest stylish and innovative line of door hardware – Schlage Custom – and choose from a wide range of high-end designer styles and finishes.

    6 budget-friendly, high impact French door makeovers

    May 14, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    French Door Makeovers

    We’ve teamed up with a few bloggers and designers and gathered a few of our favorite French door style tips to help you plan a makeover that is easy on your time and budget.

     

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    French doors are a popular choice in homes that want to separate two interior spaces but still allow the rooms to feel connected while adding a charming touch. They can also be used as exterior patio doors allowing homeowners to seamlessly extend their personal style into the great outdoors. While French doors often speak for themselves in adding a bit of character to a home, they can quickly feel outdated if the details are neglected. We’ve teamed up with a few bloggers and designers below and gathered our favorite style tips to help you plan a French door makeover that is easy on your time and budget.

    Designer Trapped

    There’s no reason to be overwhelmed at the thought of updating the hardware in your home. With a few thoughtful updates at a time, you can make an impact quickly and affordably, like Tasha from Designer Trapped. The French doors that separated her office from the rest of her home were plain and uninteresting. With a new coat of paint and Matte Black Latitude Levers, her French doors became the style statement her office needed.

    Black French Doors - Matte Black Latitude Lever - Schlage

    Two Twenty One

    While Chelsea of Two Twenty One already had a gorgeous entryway full of craftsmen details and the perfect, full pane French doors, she knew there was one final touch missing – a door knob upgrade. Swapping the original, boring builder-grade hardware to Schlage’s new Custom Hobson glass knobs was the perfect finishing touch her entryway needed to truly make an impact.

    French Doors - Glass knobs - Schlage Custom

    Bless’er House

    This home owned by Lauren of Bless’er House is definitely a French door paradise! With so many doors leading to exterior and interior spaces, we’re happy she’s sharing her best hack for stress-free French door painting. We find the contrast she created by painting all of her doors absolutely swoon-worthy!

    Black french doors - Paint hack - Makeover

    Little House of Four

    While it seems many homeowners are choosing to go lighter and more neutral with their walls, doors are quickly becoming a popular option for adding contrast and a pop of color in smaller doses. We love how Katie chose to paint all of her interior doors, including the French doors found in her basement, a dark, charcoal grey. It adds uniformity and interest throughout the home.

    French doors - Dark grey

    Honeybear Lane

    When Heidi of Honeybear Lane added beautiful, white board and batten to her home’s entryway, she needed to find a place to add a little contrast. Her French doors leading into the craft room proved to be the perfect place. After painting the doors a dark charcoal grey and polishing them off with new Bright Brass knobs and hinges, her entryway quickly became a style haven. Get all the details on this project including another great hack for removing paint from French door window panes.

    French doors - Bright brass door knobs - Schlage

    Polkadot chair

    We’ve shared this home office refresh many times before but we’re still in love with the unique way Melissa refreshed her space. Painting the ceiling was a bold but genius move and the hardware she added to her French doors is the icing on the cake. From the outside looking in, this space has instant wow-factor.

    French doors - Accent lever with Camelot trim - Schlage
    Feeling inspired to make an update? Don’t forget to check out our guide to French door locks here. When you’re ready, we’d love to see photos of your makeover! Share them with us on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to be featured.

    Treat Mom to the ultimate in Mother’s Day luxury: 5 unique gift ideas

    May 10, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 10, 2018

    Mother's Day - Gift ideas - Schlage

    This is the perfect year to pamper your mom to the max for Mother’s Day! This list of unique, luxurious gift ideas will help you show proper appreciation for all Mom does.

     

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    This is the perfect year to pamper your mom to the max for Mother’s Day! We’ve curated a list of the most luxurious ways to avoid the old flowers-and-card standby and show proper appreciation for all Mom does – check it out below:
    Mother's Day - Gift ideas - Schlage

    Jewelry for her home

    Treat her to an interior design upgrade – if you choose door hardware as your focus, it won’t be as expensive or time-consuming as it sounds. Next time she’s out of the house for a few hours, consider updating door hardware and hinges to coordinate finishes between other interior accents like kitchen plumbing and cabinet hardware – it only takes a few minutes with a screwdriver to replace a door knob or lever. Step up to premium door hardware (like Schlage Custom locks) and add a fresh coat of paint for a door makeover that will bring every room in the home to life. You can even add an electronic lock to the front or garage door, allowing her to track when the kids come and go and even ‘accidentally’ delete the in-laws’ access codes when she needs some quiet time.

    Get personalized

    Jewelry and perfume are fairly traditional gifts, but these days it’s easy to add a much more personalized touch. Whether it’s a necklace with an engraved pendant or an artisanal scent customized to her unique body chemistry, look for a gift that no one else can have. If a special perfume sounds perfect for her, you can get some city-based recommendations here – we love New Orleans’ Bourbon French Perfumes because they do a body chemistry analysis, but there are options on both coasts and in the Midwest.

    Classic luxury

    Is there anything softer or more luxurious than silk? Think pillowcases, robes, slippers, eye masks – you can even find silk-infused shampoo, conditioner and body lotion for the ultimate in softness.

    A relaxing bath kit

    This time, skip the quick and convenient supermarket buy and put a little more time into crafting your own version. Keeping in mind her favorite scents and flavors, put together a bathtub relaxation kit: a bathtub caddy to keep items dry, a well-made journal where she can record her thoughts and reminisce over memories, a good bottle of wine, a yummy scented candle, and a skin-softening bath bomb.

    Peaceful getaways

    Take the bath kit a step further and let the professionals handle it – send Mom on a spa getaway! For the ultimate in luxury, a trip to Amangiri is one she’ll never forget – it was recently featured in a Forbes’ Top 10 luxury gift list as one of the most private and peaceful locations in the world. If she’s the more active type, send her on an adventure tour for a taste of the traveling life – there are lots of options available, ranging from wine tours to wildlife viewings and meditation retreats.

    How are you showering your mom for Mother’s Day? We’d love to hear your gift ideas over on Twitter or Facebook.

    Smart home tech is changing how homes are sold

    May 8, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    Smart home tech - Real Estate - Schlage

    Adding even a few smart home products is the single easiest way to boost your home’s value. Here's what you need to know before you buy or sell a home with smart home tech.

     

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    As home automation technologies become even smarter and more popular, their impact on home purchases has become even more evident. Adding even a few smart home products is the single easiest way to boost your home’s value, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and their 2018 Home Buyer And Generational Trend Report. It can increase your home’s value as much as 5%, the Consumer Electronics Association and the National Association of Home Builders found. And that’s just the beginning.
    Smart home tech - Real estate - Schlage

    Smart is in

    Smart home technologies are becoming more mainstream by the day. In fact, nearly 45% of all home owners expect to either buy or invest in smart home technology. And more than half of prospective home sellers said they were planning to purchase home automation products specifically to sell their homes faster and for more money.

    Smart home tech - Millennial - Schlage

    Do the math

    Three out of four millennial homeowners said they’d be happy to pay between $1,500 and $4,000 to make their homes smarter. A $4,000 investment could increase your home’s asking price by 5% – not to mention turning your house into a smart home. And there are so many connected technologies you can employ that cost much less.

    The smart lock: A smart, affordable solution

    The NAR trend report revealed that home security was either somewhat or very important to more than 85% of those surveyed. It’s no wonder smart locks are the number one purchase consideration, followed by automated lighting and smart thermostats. Smart locks make your home attractive to prospective buyers, and they also provide peace of mind as realtors and others are going in and out of your home.

    Smart security at work

    Installing a smart lock on your front door is a simple and affordable first step toward making your home “smart.” Now, instead of leaving your door unlocked or hiding a key under a planter or in a fake rock, you can install a smart lock to keep your house secure. You can even use your smart phone to allow convenient access to those you trust. The Schlage Sense app allows you to program new access codes into the lock, even setting schedules for when those codes can be used. And because you’re notified when codes are used, you can keep a better eye on who is in your house and when they were there.

    The best is yet to come

    With millennial home buyers now representing the largest potential audience – with two-thirds of them being new home buyers – you can’t ignore the attraction of smart home technologies in appealing to this significant market. In total, the smart home market is expected to reach close to $120 billion by 2020. As this wave crests, it’s sure to continue to sweep through the real estate industry, impacting home prices and influencing home buyers.

    Schlage smart locks

    When it comes to choosing the smartest smart lock, you can count on Schlage. One of the drawbacks of early electronic locks was that they were bulky and not particularly stylish. Schlage smart locks prove that strength, smarts and style are no longer mutually exclusive. In fact, the premium style of Schlage smart locks will actually add curb appeal to your home. They are also easy to install, requiring just a screwdriver and a little free time to get the job done.

    Smart home tech - Resale value - Schlage
    Schlage offers a variety of smart locks from which to choose. The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt is designed to work with popular home automation hubs. Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt allows easier home access using your smartphone. These are all reflective of a heritage of style and innovation that traces back to 1909 when company founder Walter Schlage first patented a door lock that also turned on a home’s lights! Talk about innovation. Talk about smart!
    Is your home ready to sell? Have you thought about increasing the value of your new home by adding the latest smart home technologies? Visit Schlage for more helpful tips on ways to secure, beautify and make your home smarter with stylish, innovative door hardware that opens up a world of possibilities.

    Schlage smart locks gain Amazon Alexa voice unlocking

    May 8, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Amazon Alexa - Unlock feature - Schlage Smart Locks

    Schlage and Amazon Alexa announce unlock capabilities. Here's what you need to know first.

     

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    Amazon Alexa users can now use the Alexa app to enable or disable new voice unlock functionality for their Schlage smart locks. This new functionality is an enhancement to Schlage and Amazon Alexa’s current features, which include verbally locking or checking the status of the front door via Alexa-enabled devices. Here's what you need to know before getting started.
    Amazon Alexa - Unlock - Schlage Smart Locks

    1. Which Schlage smart locks are compatible with Amazon Alexa?

    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt are compatible with Amazon Alexa. To connect your Schlage Sense lock, you will need the Schlage Sense Wi-fi Adapter. To connect with Schlage Connect or the Connected Keypad locks, you will need a Wink or Samsung SmartThings hub.

    2. How does the new voice unlock feature for Amazon Alexa work?

    The unlocking feature is disabled by default. Users must use the Amazon Alexa app to log in and enter their password to enable the feature first. Then they will be required to set a 4-digit PIN which must be spoken before Alexa will unlock the door. When the user says “Alexa, unlock the front door,” Alexa will ask for the PIN. If the PIN is correct, Alexa will unlock the door. After 3 attempts to unlock the door with an incorrect PIN, Alexa will disable the unlock feature and the door will remain locked. Users can re-enable the feature by logging into the Amazon Alexa app and repeating the process.

    3. You said you were not including voice unlock functionality because of your commitment to security. What has changed?

    At the time of the initial integration, Amazon Alexa had no method in place of authenticating the user’s identity when using a voice unlock command. Now that Alexa requires users to enter their password to enable the unlocking function initially within the app, as well as speak a 4-digit PIN before Alexa will unlock the door, it is possible to offer the voice unlock function with proper security in place.

    4. What should I do if my spoken PIN is compromised?

    Log into the Amazon Alexa app to change your PIN as needed. We recommend changing your PIN at regular intervals just as you would a computer password.

    5. What technology do I need to connect my lock with Amazon Alexa and allow for the new voice unlock feature?

    Samsung SmartThings and Wink will enable this functionality with the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt. The Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter will enable this functionality for the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt.

    6. Can the unlock feature be used with Amazon Alexa smart home routines?

    Currently, there is no plan to support routines for operations that affect the security of your home (unlock, disarm, open.)

    7. In which countries will the Amazon Alexa voice unlock feature be enabled?

    This functionality is currently launching in the United States only.

    Ready to outfit your home with one of Schlage's smartest locks yet? Visit schlage.com to learn more and where to buy. If you have any questions as you set up your new smart home tech, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter for help.

    How to choose door locks for French doors

    May 3, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 3, 2018

    Locks for French Doors

    How do you purchase the right door hardware for French doors? Here’s what you need to know before you head out to the hardware store.

     

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    French Doors - Door locks - Schlage

    French doors offer a great way to create an open, bright space in your home while still maintaining the option for privacy. They often feature glass from top to bottom and are an easy way to add a little charm and character. But how do you purchase the right door hardware for French doors? Here’s what you need to know before you head out to the hardware store.

    Pre-shopping checklist

    Before you choose your hardware, there are a few things you will need to note about your door. First, notice how it has been prepped. Are the bore holes already drilled into the door or is the panel where the hardware will be placed solid? This will help you choose the function of your hardware. For doors that do have bore holes, check out this door prep checklist to ensure your door has been prepped to standard measurements.

     

    If you are planning to purchase a lever with a curve, you’ll want to note the handing of your doors. Since you will have both a left and right-handed door, be sure to choose both a left-handed lever and a right-handed lever.

    Interior french doors – no bore holes

    French Doors - Non-turning Accent Lever - Schlage


    Interior French doors are often used to separate an office or den from the rest of the home when privacy or noise control are needed, while still giving the space an open feeling. You can also find them as a formal entrance to a master suite or even in large closets. They are sometimes referred to as double doors and can be solid or feature head-to-toe glass.

     

    For double doors that do not have bore holes, you can choose to use non-turning or dummy function hardware. These are often used as decorative door pulls when the ability to latch or lock the door is not needed. For shallow closets, you can get by with installing door hardware only on the exterior side of the door. For larger rooms you can actually walk into, make sure to purchase enough non-turning door knobs or levers for the interior side.

    French Doors - Non-turning Door Hardware - Schlage
    If you decide to order hardware online, be careful to note how many knobs or levers are included in your purchase. Often times, non-turning hardware is sold as a single lever or knob but in some cases, you can purchase in pairs. Our non-turning Schlage Custom hardware will always come in pairs. This also means that you do not need to choose handing for curved levers because you will receive both versions.

    Interior french doors – with bore holes

    French Doors - Georgian knob - Schlage



    For rooms you would like to be able to lock or just prefer to have a working knob or lever that latches, you will want to purchase French doors that are already drilled with a cross bore hole on one side and a latch bore on the other. Let’s say the cross bore hole is on the right handed door. If you want to have the option to lock the door, choose a Bed & Bath / Privacy function for your knob or lever. If locking is not necessary but you would like the door to latch, choose a Hall & Closet / Passage function. You can then choose a non-locking/dummy lock for the left-handed door.

    French Doors - Passage and Privacy Door Hardware - Schlage

    Exterior Patio French Doors - with bore holes

    French Patio Doors - Accent lever - Schlage



    Exterior French doors are most commonly used to access outdoor living spaces, like a sunroom or patio. They offer a stylish way to make the transition from one space to another seamless. You can also choose double doors for the front of your home as an elegant entryway.


    You can choose an exterior set of doors that is prepped similarly to the interior doors with bore holes on one side, but if you want to add a little extra security, make sure you have a second bore hole to house a deadbolt. A single cylinder mechanical deadbolt will do. Some homeowners prefer to install a double cylinder deadbolt for even more security with glass doors. Beneath the deadbolt, you can choose a keyed knob or lever.

    Exterior double doors - Deadbolt - Schlage

    Exterior Double Doors - with 3 bore holes

    Exterior Double Doors - Handleset - Schlage



    For a more formal look, choose a handleset. For the inactive side of the door, you can choose to install nothing at all but if you want to complete the look, install the non-turning/dummy function of the same lock combo you chose for the active side.

    Exterior double doors - Handleset - Schlage

    Exterior Double Doors - with Electronic Locks

    Exterior double door - Electronic lock - Schlage

    What about electronic and smart locks? All of our electronic and smart locks are compatible with any standard door so that means you can install them on your French or double entry doors just the same as you would a mechanical deadbolt. The double entry door above features a Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt paired with the Camelot style front entry handle. If you only have two bore holes, you can add a passage knob or lever below your smart or electronic lock.

    Exterior double doors - Electronic lock - Schlage
    We’d love to help you in your search for the perfect French door hardware. Reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter to get our personalized recommendations or complete our Product Selector tool to start browsing the right hardware now.
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