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    What to do when your new lock doesn’t fit your door.

    August 2, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 2, 2019

    What to do when your new lock doesn’t fit your door - Schlage

    Use this checklist and our suggestions to get your new lock and door working in perfect harmony.

     

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    You’ve just bought a new lock and for some reason it’s not fitting on your door and locking like it should. One possible reason for this is that your door isn’t properly aligned. Poor alignment can occur because your house has settled or shifted over time, the door frame is old or warped, or the door is sagging on its hinges.

     

    Luckily, fixing the alignment of your door doesn’t have to be a chore. Use this checklist and our suggestions to get your new lock and door working in perfect harmony.

    Woman installing new lock on door.

    Identify door alignment issues

    Q1: Does your door easily lock during certain times of the year but not others?

    If your door locks easily during some seasons but not others, this may be a sign that changes in temperature or moisture are causing your door to warp, even just temporarily. We recommend waiting until it is not fitting properly and making adjustments at that time.

    Q2: Is your weather stripping causing your door to fit too snugly in its frame?

    Weather stripping is great for minimizing drafts and noise. Just make sure that it is not so thick that it obstructs the bolt or prohibits it from entering the door frame’s bolt pocket. If weather stripping is the culprit behind your lock struggles, try changing to a thinner weather strip or adjusting the strikes.

     

    When you adjust the strikes - the metal plates that surround the bolt or latch pocket in the door frame – it is important to first determine where the bolt is catching. Slowly lock and unlock the deadbolt several times. The deadbolt is probably hitting or rubbing on just one or two sides of the bolt strike. You will want to know where those points of interference are. This Old House has a great tip: Put some chalk – lipstick also works – on the bolt before locking and unlocking it. You’ll then be able to see a chalk smear on the strike where it rubbed.

     

    At that point, you’ll know where to remove obstructing material in the bolt hole using a chisel. You can also use these steps from Family Handyman to learn how to raise or lower the strike plates if your alignment is off by a larger margin.

    Q3: Do you have to push, pull or lift your door to lock it?

    This can be caused by different things, and so there are a few possible corrections you can make. First, check to see if moving the bolt strike helps. If your knob or lever also locks, it may help to move the latch strike as well. For example, if you have to lift your door to lock it, that could be a sign that your bolt or latch is hitting the bottom of the strike rather than extending fully into it. Use the steps above to adjust the strike.

     

    Trouble locking your door can also occur when worn or loose hinges cause your door to sag. Here are two options to correct this problem. You can replace the hinges so that they fit more securely on the door frame. Or you can add shims under the hinges.

    Q4: Is the bolt pocket 1” deep?

    If the bolt pocket is not deep enough or placed correctly, the bolt cannot extend fully, keeping your door from locking properly. This can be corrected by enlarging the bolt pocket or changing the strike plate. To make the bolt pocket deeper, taller or wider, depending on where your bolt is dragging, use a chisel on the bolt hole until it is 1” deep and allows the bolt to fully extend without dragging.

     

    If enlarging the bolt hole does not fix the problem, check the existing metal strike plate, which could be affecting the bolt pocket’s depth. Remove the strike plate from your door frame and use the deadbolt strike supplied with your Schlage lock instead. The supplied strike is the correct size and shape to allow the bolt to extend and retract as intended without dragging.

     

    If you continue to experience minor rubbing of the bolt on the top or side of the strike plate, you will need an alternate strike and security plate with additional clearance. This replacement part is available by contacting Schlage customer support.

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    For more help checking your door alignment and prep, be sure to watch our step-by-step installation videos here. You can also find more tutorials and interactive instructions in our How-to-Center and FAQs.

     

    Schlage Home app offers handheld convenience for multiple smart locks.

    May 22, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    Man viewing the Schlage Home app on his iPhone at the office.

    Unlike mechanical locks where you might need to carry a different set of keys for every door, managing a smart lock doesn’t get more difficult just because you have more than one.

     

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    As smart locks offer more and improved features, they’re becoming increasingly popular options for securing homes of all kinds. And unlike mechanical locks where you might need to carry a different set of keys for every door, managing a smart lock doesn’t get more difficult just because you have more than one. How is this possible? With the Schlage Home app.
    Man viewing the Schlage Home app on his iPhone at the office.

    Why would I have multiple smart locks?

    Schlage smart locks are intelligent solutions for all types of entryways. If you already own one smart lock, you know about the keyless convenience and peace of mind it provides. But whether you’re looking to add more smart security or are just now considering taking the plunge into electronic locks, imagine the combination of possibilities.

     

    • Multiple locks on the same home, like both the front and back doors, or the front door and garage entry

    • Your parents’ house, perfect for when you’re caring for older family members aging in place

    • A rental property, whether it’s nearby or in another state

    • A private entrance for house-sharing guests at your own home

    What can the Schlage Home app control?

    The Schlage Home app works with the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt. Whether you have one of each, two Schlage Encode locks or a pair of Schlage Sense locks in different locations, you can use a single Schlage Home app to set up and control them all.

    How do I keep my smart locks organized?

    Using the Schlage Home app, you assign a unique name to each lock during setup. For example, you might choose “Home Front Door,” or “Guest Entrance” if you have a dedicated entryway specifically for home-share guests. It might be “Mom’s Front Door” if you have access to your parents’ home or “Beach House” for your vacation rental.

     

    Whatever names you choose, we recommend keeping them as easy-to-remember as possible, particularly if you’re managing multiple locks. You don’t want a confusing name to cause you to accidentally change a setting on the wrong deadbolt.

    How do I create or change my smart locks’ names?

    You will be asked to choose and enter the name of your lock during the deadbolt’s setup process with the Schlage Home app. To change it later, choose the lock you would like to update from your Schlage Home app’s main screen. Go to Settings, found by tapping the gear icon in the lower left corner. From the list, select Name, then type in the new identifying title for your deadbolt and select Done.

     

    There’s so much more you can do with your Schlage Home app, regardless of whether you have one, two or even three locks. Lock or unlock your door from anywhere, create and manage multiple access codes, customize push notifications for when an access code is used or when a disturbance is detected at the door, and change auto-lock timing or other settings. All of this is done simply and conveniently from the palm of your hand.

    How do I access my smart locks from anywhere?

    Because the Schlage Encode lock features built-in WiFi, you can access your lock from anywhere using the Schlage Home app with no need to purchase an additional accessory.

     

    In order to communicate with the Schlage Sense lock, you’ll need either the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter or, for Apple HomeKit users, an Apple TV/iPad. Use these tips to choose the accessory that’s right for you and control your Schlage Sense deadbolt remotely and conveniently.

     

    Learn more about the Schlage Home app or use our interactive tool to get help deciding which smart lock is right for you and all the homes where you want the safety, style and simplicity of Schlage.

     

    Homeowner’s guide to door hardware terms and parts of a door lock.

    May 20, 2019 9:28 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, May 20, 2019

    Homeowner’s guide to door hardware terminology | Schlage

    When shopping for door hardware that meets your specs for security, performance and style, it helps to be able to talk the talk.

     

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    Whether exploring the world of door hardware online at websites like schlage.com or visiting your local home improvement store to purchase door hardware that meets your specs for security, performance and style, it helps to be able to talk the talk.

     

    From backset to bore, strike plate to spindle, we’d like to help you understand some of the more common terminology and help unlock the sometimes mysterious and occasionally confusing world of door hardware. It’s actually easier than it sounds once you get the hang of it, and soon you’ll be able to help you impress your friends with your newly acquired knowledge of parts of a door lock. We’ll also provide some practical understanding of the various door lock and security options available to you.

     

    Let’s start with the parts of the lock you’ll typically find in the box when you purchase door hardware from Schlage.

    Chassis and Trim - Door Hardware - Glossary - Schlage

    Parts of a door lock

    Chassis:

    Like your car’s engine under the hood, this is the internal body of the lock, the unseen working mechanisms inside the door. Among other things, the chassis determines if your lock is Privacy/Bed & Bath, Passage/Hall & Closet or Combined Interior. Visit schlage.com to see a variety of mechanical and electronic options including the latest smart locks.

    Trim:

    Sometimes called a rose, the trim is a decorative plate attached to the door under the knob or lever. Depending on the lock you choose, there are a number of available trim styles and finishes to meet your specific preferences and that fit the uniqueness of your home’s look and style.

    Deadbolt:

    One of the strongest methods of securing a door, deadbolts are operated only using a key from the exterior or thumbturn from the interior. The deadbolt is typically installed on exterior doors above a knob, lever or grip for a handleset.

    Escutcheon - Door Hardware - Glossary - Schlage

    Escutcheon:

    This refers to any plate, including trim and handleset plates, that surrounds a keyhole or lock. It protects the lock cylinder from being drilled out, providing you with additional security, and protects the surrounding area from being scratched by a key.

    Faceplate

    A metal plate on the edge of the door, next to the latch or deadbolt, the faceplate protects the lock from wear and tear. It may have rounded corners or be a circular drive-in faceplate. The shape of the faceplate used during installation depends on your door’s preparation.

    Backplate:

    Used with a rounded corner faceplate, the backplate is installed with the latch so that it is positioned between the faceplate and the latch bore (the hole where your latch enters the door).

    Latch bolt:

    Sometimes abbreviated as latch, this is the type of lock that has a beveled, spring- operated bolt that engages when you close the door. If you’ve ever accidentally locked yourself out of your house or a hotel room, you know this type well.

    Spindle:

    The spindle is the bar that connects knobs or levers through the door and operates the lock mechanism.

    Strike plate:

    Similar to a faceplate, the strike plate is a metal plate that is affixed to the doorjamb and has a hole (or holes) that accommodate the lock bolt. It is not only decorative. The strike plate protects the doorjamb and adds security to the opening.

    Other door hardware terms

    Beyond parts, there are a few more terms you might find helpful when it comes to purchasing and installing your door hardware.

    Backset:

    The backset is the distance from the edge of the door to the center line of the prepared cross bore hole drilled to install most locks. With all installations, there are minimum and maximum measurements required for your lock to be compatible. Schlage locks are designed to fit all standard doors with a 2-3/8” or 2-3/4” backset.

    Bore holes:

    Bore holes are the holes in the door that house your door hardware and allow it to be installed. The cross bore is the main hole drilled into the face of the door where the body of the lock (chassis) is installed. The latch bore, also known as the edge bore, is the hole drilled from the side of the door into the cross bore to allow the latch of the lock to be installed and to accommodate the sliding of the deadbolt. The diameter of the latch bore is generally 1” to accommodate bolts from either mechanical or electronic locksets.

    BHMA:

    This stands for the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association. This organization ensures the quality and performance of builder’s hardware through a grading system that evaluates the hardware’s endurance under laboratory conditions to simulate real-world usage. The grading system is expressed alphabetically (A, B and C) and looks at three different categories: Security, Durability and Finish.

    BHMA Residential Door Hardware Grade Label

    Handing:

    Handing is a term used to indicate how a door swings. This is important to know when choosing a compatible lock for your use. A left-handed lever has the door hinges located on the left side as you look at the door’s exterior. A right-handed lever has the door hinges located on the right side of the door as you look at it from the outside. For more information, check out our blog post on understanding lever and door handing.

    For more information on door terminology or installation help, visit Schlage’s How-to center.

    What to do with your Schlage smart lock when moving.

    May 17, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with satin nickel grip on glass front door.

    With Schlage smart locks, the simplicity of installation and use stays with you all through this life transition.

     

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    Congratulations on your new home! You probably have lots of logistics to plan and even more questions that need to be answered. We’re here to solve one quandary – what do you do with your smart locks when you move? With Schlage smart locks, the simplicity of installation and use stays with you all through this life transition. Check out these two options.
    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with Satin Nickel grip on glass front door.

    Take your lock with you

    Transferring your lock to your new home is easier than you think. When you disconnect your Schlage smart lock to move, don’t worry about losing your information. In nearly every case, as long as you do not manually complete a Factory Default Reset, your access codes, synced devices and other data will continue to be stored even after uninstalling your lock or removing the batteries. When you get to your new home, simply reinstall the lock, make sure your WiFi network or smart home system are up and working again, and you’re ready to go.

     

    A special note for those using the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt with the Schlage Sense™ WiFi Adapter: Your devices will remain paired after your move. However, if your WiFi network information changes at the new house, you will need to complete the setup process with the adapter again. This is so that the adapter and lock can identify the new WiFi network name and Service Set Identifier (SSID) to continue providing you access from anywhere.

    Leave your lock for the new owners

    If you decide to leave the smart lock on the door for the new homeowners, you’ll want to complete a Factory Default Reset. This removes your manually programmed access codes and allows the new owner to create their own. It also resets the lock so that it’s no longer synced to other smart hubs or devices. Follow the links below to complete the Factory Default Reset on your lock:
     


    Hopefully you still have the pre-programmed access codes and programming code that came with the lock. If so, provide those to the new owners as well. You can find these codes in the Quick Start Guide or on the inside of the back of the lock.

     

    Like the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, the Factory Default Reset of your Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus technology can also be accomplished by holding the Enrollment button on the lock for seven seconds. The LED lights will indicate if the reset was successful. The new homeowners also won’t require the programming code to re-enroll the lock. They can use the Enrollment button or the Smart Start QR Code for enrollment.

    Moving might feel overwhelming sometimes, but at Schlage, we try to make sure your home security isn’t part of that stress. Visit our Real Estate page for more tips and a helpful moving checklist.

     

    What type of lock should I put on my bathroom door?

    May 14, 2019 5:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    Bathroom door locks | Schlage

    Whether your bathroom needs new door hardware because the door knobs are outdated, the levers seem to be drooping or you simply want a change of style, there is a door lock out there for you!
     

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    Whether your bathroom needs new door hardware because the door knobs are outdated, the levers seem to be drooping or you simply want a change of style, there is a door lock out there for you!
    Schlage Accent lever in aged bronze on bathroom door.

    Function

    First things first, you need to determine the function of the door lock. In most cases for your bathroom, you want a privacy, or Bed & Bath, lock. “What does this mean?” you ask. A privacy lock lets you lock the door from one side using either a push-lock mechanism or a thumbturn.

     

    While a privacy lock is appropriate for most bathrooms, you may find that, depending on your living situation (small children, individuals needing special care, etc.), you would prefer to have access to the bathroom at all times. When that’s the case, a passage, or Hall & closet, lock is the desired function. A passage lock allows you to latch the bathroom door knob or lever to latch the door, but it will not lock on either side.

     

    Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware has Combined Interior functionality. That means that you get both passage and privacy functions in the same lock. Switching between the functions is easy and convenient. Simply insert and rotate the privacy pin to convert it from passage to privacy. With the versatility of Schlage Custom Combined Interior functionality, you never have to worry about miscounting how many of each kind of lock you need. And you never have to replace the entire lock if your needs change.

    Schlage Custom Northbrook lever on bathroom door.

    Quality

    Just as with any purchase, you want to make sure you are purchasing your interior door hardware from a trusted lock company, like Schlage, that manufactures high-quality door locks. Look for companies that honor both a lifetime mechanical warranty and a lifetime finish warranty. Because let's face it – sometimes things happen and you want to ensure you're buying a quality door lock from a company that offers great service and will stand by its products and warranties.

    Handing

    In addition to deciding on the finish, you need to consider whether a door knob or lever would work best in your bathroom. What difference does it make? While door knobs and levers operate the same internally, they do provide a different look and style to the room. Additionally, levers are often ideal for young children or those with arthritis or need the extra leverage a lever provides to open the bathroom door. Levers are also different than door knobs in that they are ADA compliant.

     

    If you choose a lever, you might need to pay attention to the handing. This impacts the way the lever is installed, specifically which way the lever points when it is affixed to the door. When you purchase a Schlage interior lever, your hardware comes with a pin tool that allows you to switch the levers if necessary. Watch this video to help you adjust the levers to the appropriate handing during installation.

    Schlage Flair lever on bathroom door.

    Finish

    When it comes to selecting interior door hardware for your bathroom, or any room, you want to look at the finish. These finishes can range from historically popular finishes like Bright Brass and Satin Nickel to more modern finishes like Satin Brass and Matte Black. A good rule of thumb is to complement your interior door hardware with your current bathroom fixtures. For example, if your faucets and lighting are a timeless satin nickel, you might not want to choose Bright Brass for your bathroom door lock. Selecting Satin Nickel will coordinate better and make your bathroom look that much more polished.

     

    You can even create even more visual interest by mixing finishes. Just because you have appliances in one finish doesn’t mean everything has to have the same metallic look. Copper and nickel, satin brass and polished nickel, aged bronze and satin brass are all classic combinations that make a statement.

    Schlage Bowery knob on bathroom door.

    Style

    Part of completing your perfect look is choosing the right style of door hardware. Schlage offers designs that range from traditional to modern and clean and minimalist to ornate and eclectic, so you can find the door knobs, levers and trim that are right for your home and your own unique sense of style. Use our Style Selector tool to find the designs and finishes right for your décor.

     

    You might also choose to match door hardware in other parts of your home. Because Schlage offers locks in a variety of functions, you can easily create your ideal look no matter what door you’re updating, from the front door to back porch and everywhere in between.

     

    If you find yourself in need of inspiration, check us out on Pinterest or Instagram. You can also discover which styles fit your home and personal taste at Schlage.com.

     

    Guide to the best types of door knobs for every room.

    March 29, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 29, 2019

    Types of door knobs | Schlage

    With this guide Schlage makes it simple to bring security and style to your home.

     

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    By choosing the right types of door knobs, you can capture a surprising amount of convenience and elegance for such a small detail. With this guide, not to mention its expansive collection of door hardware, Schlage makes it simple to bring security and style to your home.

    Bed & Bath Privacy Door Knobs

    Door knobs for bedroom bathroom privacy doors.

    Give yourself some extra privacy with a locking bed & bath door knob.
     

    • Perfect for bedrooms, bathrooms, home offices and otehr interior rooms requiring basic security and privacy.
    • Locks by pushing in or turning the privacy button, unlocks by turning the knob.
    • Schlage bed & bath locks come with emergency pin key for easy unlocking.

    Hall & Closet Passage Door Knobs

    Door knobs for hallway closet passage doors.

    Install convenience with non-locking door knobs in passageways or on closets.
     

    • Ideal for hallways, closets, kitchen pantries, laundry rooms and other spaces where locking is not necessary.
    • Always unlocked for ease of entry.
    • Can be paired with a smart lock or keyless deadbolt on exterior doors or with non-turning knob for the interiors of smaller closets.

    Non-turning inactive Door Knobs

    Non-turning, inactive door knobs for small closets and double doors.

    Find great style with non-turning door knobs on interior doors where only a door pull or decorative trim is needed.
     

    • Also known as dummy or inactive door knob.
    • Works best on small closets, interior French doors and in other entryways where neither locking nor latching is needed.
    • Decorative door pull without a lock makes it easy to open the door just by pushing or pulling.

    Keyed Entry Door Knobs

    Keyed entry door knobs for exterior, locking doors.

    Increase your security with a keyed entry knob for exterior doors and other areas requiring additional peace of mind.
     

    • Optimal for exterior doors such as front entryways or patio doors as well as large storage areas, basements or areas where extra security is desired.
    • Unlocks when door is opened from the inside, allowing you to leave quickly and conveniently as well as re-enter easily.
    • Use a key from the outside or manually rotate the interior turn button to lock and unlock.

    Combined Interior Door Knobs

    Schlage Custom combined interior door knobs for both privacy and passage doors.

    Your home should evolve with the needs of your family, so Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware features combined interior door knobs, making it easy for your locks to adapt to your changing lifestyle. You get both Hall & Closet and Bed & Bath functionality in a single lock.
     

    • Lock adapts to the ever-changing life of the room – from nursery to bedroom to office and back again without ever taking the lock off the door
    • No more miscounting doors – with both functions in the same lock, it’s easier to take home exactly what you need
    • Simply insert the locking pin on the interior side of the lock to change from passage to privacy

    Style is in the details

    No matter which type of door knob you choose, you can be confident in the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage. Our door knobs:
     

    • Come in a variety of styles and finishes to complement the look of any home
    • Install easily with just a screwdriver
    • Adjust to fit all standard door preparations, so there’s no need to drill new bore holes or replace a door just to install your new knob
    • Are graded best in Residential Security, Durability and Finish
    • Come with a limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty

     

    For even more help choosing the right door knobs for your home, visit our product selector tool on schlage.com. To view the full resolution infographic, click here.

     

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    Your inside guide to choosing locks for doors.

    March 20, 2019 10:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    Locks for bedroom closet doors | Schlage

    Our locks should work how you want them to, no matter what door you put them on. Here’s how to get the right locks for doors of any kind.

     

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    At Schlage, we believe that our knobs, levers and entryway deadbolts are not only among the most stylish, but also strong. We also believe that, above all, our locks should work how you want them to, no matter what door you put them on. They should make your life more convenient and give you peace of mind that you and your home will be secure. Here’s how to get the right locks for doors of any kind.
    Door knob on bedroom door | Schlage

    Bedroom, bathroom and office doors

    When you think of the oasis spaces in your home – bedrooms and bathrooms, where you don’t want to be disturbed – you likely want some extra control over who can enter. For these types of rooms, you want a knob or lever with the Bedroom & Bathroom, also known as privacy, function. Install Bed & Bath locks in a master suite as well as in guest bedrooms and powder rooms.

     

    Interior privacy locks are also ideal for home offices so you can keep interruptions at bay while you’re in work mode.

    Pantry and closet doors

    You want your door to latch, but you don’t need to protect your cereal? Then you want a passage lock, also known as Hall & Closet. For particularly small pantries and closets that aren’t walk-ins, you might want a knob or lever on the inside that is non-turning. Door hardware on the exterior side of your door grants access without an unnecessary locking function and lets you maintain your home’s style.

     

    One of the great features of Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware is 2-in-1 functionality. By inserting the privacy pushpin, you can easily switch between the bedroom/bathroom and the hall/closet functions. Why is this important? Anyone with a sticky-fingered toddler or an increasingly independent teen knows that sometimes you need to update your home as your family changes. It can also be helpful if the purpose of the room itself changes, such as converting from a media room to a nursery.

    Pocket doors

    Pocket doors are great for opening up room – think seamless and versatile transitions between formal dining and living rooms – or when you’re tight on space like with a tiny half-bath. These types of rooms need different locks. If you’re looking for additional privacy, like in that small bathroom, look for a pocket door lock. If locking isn’t a concern, look for a pocket door pull, essentially a simple grip for opening and closing the door. They come in a variety of styles and finishes to complement the look of your room and to fit flush to the door.

    French doors

    French doors are an elegant option for both interior and exterior entryways. For interior French doors, you may need two types of locks – a different one for each door. If you aren’t sure if you’ll need two non-turning knobs or levers, or if you need one privacy lock and one non-turning, use our guide for how to choose locks for French doors.

     

    For exterior French doors, you’ll need the same cross and latch bore holes as interior doors as well as an additional bore hole to house a deadbolt for extra security. Choose between a single cylinder or double cylinder deadbolt based on your desired level of security.

     

    Remember that French doors are actually two doors. You’ll need four knobs or levers to outfit your entire entryway, although you might choose for some of them to be non-turning, also called dummy or inactive.

    Front, back and garage doors

    For exterior doors, start by deciding between mechanical or smart locks. A smart lock like our new Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with built-in WiFi gives you remote access from anywhere, no hub required. You can simply use a smartphone app to lock or unlock your door, create and manage up to 100 unique guest access codes, and even pair your deadbolt with home automation systems or hands-free devices for voice control. That’s added convenience and security all in the palm of your hand.

     

    Don’t forget about the door from your garage to your house. This is a great place to add any of our smart locks or a Schlage connected keypad.

     

    If traditional mechanical door hardware is more your taste, a handleset combines both a deadbolt and your choice of a knob or lever. It’s the perfect combination of security, style and simplicity as handlesets come in several designs and finishes. Schlage locks are also designed to fit all standard doors, so installation is easy. Even installing a smart lock is simple since there is no hardwiring required and no need to call an electrician or handyman.

    Dutch doors

    Not all entryways are created equal, so if you have an exterior Dutch door, there are a few more things to keep in mind. First of all, you’ll need four hinges – two for the top half and two for the bottom half of your split door. The knob/lever and lock should be installed on the bottom half. If you want even more security, especially for exterior doors, a deadbolt can be added to the top. Finally, you’ll want a latch to connect the top and bottom halves of the door to each other. This might sound like a lot, but installation is easier than it sounds, and a DIY Dutch door can be quite economical, giving you a big style bang for not much buck.

     

    There is no one-size-fits-all home, so why would you expect one type of lock to work on every type of door? Visit the Product Selector tool on Schlage.com for help finding the perfect lock for your doors or follow us on Pinterest and Instagram to find the door hardware that seamlessly complements your home and lifestyle.

     

    Schlage and Key by Amazon lock onto a smart combination.

    March 13, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    Key by Amazon delivery

    If you have questions about Key and how you can use it to help make your home more secure and convenient, we have the answers.

     

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    It seems like Amazon does just about everything these days – simplifies gift giving, delivers groceries and even tells you cat jokes when you ask Alexa. Now Amazon locks your door and makes accepting packages even easier thanks to Key by Amazon’s compatibility with smart locks. If you have questions about Key and how you can use it to help make your home more secure and convenient, we have the answers.
    Key by Amazon delivery driver placing package inside front door with Schlage Encode lock

    What is Key by Amazon and how does it work?

    Key by Amazon is a smart home solution that can pair a compatible smart lock, Cloud Cam (Key Edition), the Key App and your wireless network to help you control access to your home from anywhere. In addition to keyless entry, when you pair your smart lock with the Cloud Cam, you can watch video clips when someone enters or exits your house, manage access codes and check on the status of your lock and its battery through the Key App.

     

    Prime members in select locations can also opt in to in-home delivery, offering additional convenience and peace of mind knowing that your packages won’t be stolen from your porch.

    Where is Key by Amazon available?

    The home-delivery option through Key by Amazon is available only in select cities and their surrounding areas. You can check the availability at Amazon.com or find a list of participating areas.

     

    Additional features of the Key App, such as the ability to set up and control your compatible smart lock remotely or manage guest access are available to anyone with the app and is not limited by location. You can also still use the Amazon Key App and the Amazon Cloud Cam for visually monitoring your door, even if you aren’t using in-home delivery. Keep an eye on your kids coming and going, or get video confirmation of the dog walker entering your home.

    Is Key by Amazon safe?

    When using the in-home delivery option, there is no need to provide access codes to those delivering a package. You will receive notifications of their arrival, can watch live video of the delivery through the app and receive additional notifications that your door has been re-locked. Compatible Schlage smart locks also offer auto-lock functionality that can be managed in the Key App for added assurance. Learn more how home delivery works here.

     

    Key is not currently integrated with home security systems. Because you will need to disable your system on delivery days, Amazon suggests not using the in-home delivery option if you are not comfortable turning off your system.

     

    You can also choose to use voice control commands through Alexa to unlock your door. As an additional level of security, you will be required to set and use a four-digit code to unlock your door using voice control.

    Do I have to use the in-home delivery option? Can it be disabled whenever I want?

    You are not required to use in-home delivery to enjoy the other benefits of Key or your smart lock. You can still control your lock remotely, watch videos of loved ones and trusted friends enter and exit your home via the app, assign access codes and more.

     

    If you enable in-home delivery, you can still block access on specific days via the Key App. Delivery drivers will simply leave your package on the porch as usual.

    Can I use Key by Amazon for other service providers too?

    Your smart lock can be used to grant access to other service providers such as house cleaners or dog walkers because of the ability to lock and unlock your door from anywhere and assign unique access codes. Access codes can be scheduled for one-time or recurring use, such as for the house cleaner every Wednesday at 9 a.m., as well as on a permanent basis. You can activate or deactivate, as well as change or delete, codes at any time.

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    Which smart locks work with Key by Amazon?

    The new Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Zigbee certification are both compatible with Key by Amazon.

    Do I need additional accessories to use Key by Amazon?

    To use all of Key’s features, you will need the Amazon Key Smart Lock Kit. This includes a compatible smart lock, the Cloud Cam (Key Edition), which serves as the smart hub that allows your Zigbee-certified devices to communicate with your wireless network, and the Amazon Key App. You can purchase the kit as a bundle at Amazon.com.

     

    With its built in WiFi, the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt communicates directly with your wireless network, so you can still control your lock remotely, manage codes or check the status of your lock, even without the Cloud Cam. However, you will need the Cloud Cam to enable in-home delivery or use the video monitoring features.

    Does Key by Amazon work with Alexa?

    You can use voice control to lock and unlock your smart deadbolt using Alexa and Key. Not sure if your door is secure? Simply ask, “Alexa, is the front door locked?”

     

    Learn more about synching Key with an Alexa device here.

    How do I set up my lock with Key by Amazon?

    Download the Amazon Key App to your smartphone and log into your Amazon account. Select the setup option in the app and follow the steps provided to synch your smart lock and the Amazon Cloud Cam if it is required for your lock model. You can then use the app to manage access, enable the in-home delivery option and more.

     

    Amazon provides troubleshooting tips if you have questions about pairing your lock.

    If I enroll my Schlage lock with Key by Amazon, will my lock still be compatible with other smart home devices?

    A compatible smart lock synched to Key by Amazon can only be managed with the Amazon Key App. Attempting to use multiple apps to control your smart lock may result in your lock or the apps not working as intended.

    Smarter homes start with Schlage

    Security continues to be a primary reason homeowners invest in smart home technology. That’s why Schlage provides a wide range of smart locks. See for yourself the world of possibilities that lets you make the most of today’s rapidly growing smart home technologies. Visit schlage.com to learn more about Schlage's smart lock portfolio.

    Schlage smart lock simplifies smart home solutions with built-in WiFi.

    March 5, 2019 6:30 AM by reference-adjustment-service

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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    Schlage’s reputation for innovation continues with the introduction of our first smart lock that connects directly to your home’s WiFi network.

     

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    Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt in Matte Black on green front door.
    Schlage’s reputation for innovation continues with the introduction of our first smart lock that connects directly to your home’s WiFi network. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt is the ideal smart lock for homes that want a secure and stylish option that is also simple to use.
    Quite: Peace of mind from anywhere
    By eliminating the need for external adapters or costly subscriptions, the Schlage Encode WiFi Deadbolt offers the features that matter most to homeowners, including smartphone control through the Schlage Home app or Key by Amazon app, advanced encrypted security, up to 100 unique access codes and a variety of designs and finishes to complement your décor.
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    Convenience at your doorstep

    The Schlage Home app supports the Schlage Encode WiFi Deadbolt, meaning that even if you choose to use the Key by Amazon app, you still will receive free firmware updates to your lock. That means you won’t have to replace the deadbolt to take advantage of the newest features. You can also lock or unlock your door, manage and schedule access codes, and customize notifications – all the features you expect from a Schlage smart home solution.

     

    The Schlage Encode WiFi Deadbolt also works with leading smart home technologies, including Key by Amazon. When paired with the Amazon Cloud Cam (Key edition), Prime members in select cities and surrounding areas can opt-in to in-home delivery. Amazon delivers your package right inside your doorway, and Amazon locks up on the way out. And for extra peace of mind, the smart home solution offers visual verifications so you can watch video clips of who enters and exits your home through the Key by Amazon app.

     

    According to Devin Love, Schlage’s Director of Technology Alliances, “It is really important to our customers that they know what works with what. System compatibility, getting the right products that work in concert with other and system security – these are all factors in our development and design of smart-lock technologies like the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt.”

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    Works with Alexa, Google and your family

    When connected to a compatible device, users can control the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt ¬with their voices. Convenience and peace of mind from anywhere are just a voice command away.

     

    Ask Alexa to lock or unlock your door with Key by Amazon when you enable the Alexa skill. You can also check the status of your lock, so there’s no wondering whether you locked up when you left the house. Google Assistant users can also check the status of their Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, as well as say, “Hey Google, lock my door,” when it’s paired with the Schlage Home app.

     

    “Just say the word,” says Devin Love. “Voice has become such a powerful and convenient way to interact with one’s smart home that we’ve incorporated that functionality with all of our top smart lock products. It’s all about making the smart home smarter.”

    Woman checking smart lock status with smartphone

    Smarter homes start with Schlage

    Security continues to be a primary reason homeowners invest in smart home technology. That’s why Schlage provides a wide range of smart locks. See for yourself the world of possibilities that lets you make the most of today’s rapidly growing home automation technologies. Join the millions of satisfied homeowners who trust the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage, and find out where to buy your Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt at schlage.com.

    A lifetime of flexibility with Schlage door locks.

    February 4, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 4, 2019

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    The ability to easily update your locks, knobs and levers can actually simplify your life.

     

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    There are several areas in life where it pays to be flexible: projects at work, flight schedules, potty training. Adapting to change reduces a lot of everyday headaches. The same goes for door hardware, where the ability to easily update your locks, knobs and levers can actually simplify your life.
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    Style switch

    Design trends change and so does your taste in style. When what you think is gorgeous one moment falls flat when you redesign a room later, you want a quick and simple way to update your look. Schlage Custom Door Hardware is easy to install in minutes with just a screwdriver and it fits on all standard doors, so there’s no need to drill new holes or take on a major DIY project just to refresh the look. And with styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, classic glass knobs to modern levers, and a variety of finishes, you’ll be able to capture the perfect style for any room.

     

    Not sure what that perfect style is yet? Try our Style Selector to find your new look.

    Life moments

    Insurance companies call it a change of life event – you get married, you have a baby, something major happens that alters your needs. In the world of home décor, a man cave becomes a nursery or a home office transitions to a bedroom when an elderly parent moves in. When this happens, you might need to update the privacy function of your door – more on that in a minute. You should also consider what kind of knobs or levers you need. If someone now in the home has arthritis, would a lever be easier to use than a knob that requires gripping and turning? Or maybe a knob in a style that goes better with baby’s new room than a man’s retreat is in order.

     

    Don’t forget that your can also easily update exterior door hardware as your life changes. If your teen now has after-school activities and a busy social calendar, consider a Schlage smart lock like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt or the new Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt. They offer convenience and peace of mind thanks to features like the ability to lock or unlock your door from anywhere. Assign access codes to individuals so there’s no more hiding, or losing, spare keys. You can also monitor who is coming and going from your home, so you’ll know if someone got in before curfew.

     

    Not sure which smart lock is for you? Try our Get Help Deciding tool.

    Function

    Remember the privacy function we talked about? If you’re updating a space from a hobby room to a bedroom, for example, you probably want to be able to lock the door. Schlage Custom Door Hardware offers combined interior functionality, meaning it’s easy to switch from a door with the ability to lock for more privacy to one that doesn’t lock. Simply insert the privacy pin and rotate to change the function. There’s no need to replace the entire lock, so whether you want your guests to be able to enjoy some privacy in their bedroom or you don’t want your kids to be able to lock themselves in their own room, we have you covered.

    Learn more about how Schlage door hardware offers you a lifetime of quality and convenience at Schlage.com.

     

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