6 Simple Door Lock Mistakes That Could Have Been Avoided

02/16/2016 11:56 am ET Updated Feb 15, 2017

Buying a door lock may sound simple, yet people who buy door locks often make basic mistakes that could have been prevented. Here are some of the most common mistakes to avoid. Many robberies could have been prevented had there been proper locks.

Too fancy: You may be inspired by Sci-Fi movies to buy the best digital door lock available, but be sure to check out what other users thought of the installation process first. The more complicated the lock, the more difficult the installation process may be. The last thing you want is a fancy lock that simply does not work. Finally, most contractors do not know how to install complicated locks properly, so make sure you do your research before hiring one.

Not considering weather conditions: Do you know that extreme weather conditions sometimes require a certain type of door lock? Extreme weather conditions sometimes can make doors warp, preventing them from locking. Cheaper locks that are not well-engineered may have loose screws or moving plates when encountering extreme weather. Weather-proof locks such as the All-Weather Mechanical Keyless Deadbolt Door Lock can withstand extreme weather conditions in both summer and winter. These locks are typically waterproof, do not require batteries and unlock with push-button codes.

Too cheap: The problem with cheap locks is that they can be 'bumped' easily or picked apart by even a poorly trained burglar. Do not sacrifice quality for price. Most of the time, cheap locks made of poor quality materials do not stay usable for long. Look for at least grade two locks.

Not secure: The front door requires the highest security in every home or establishment. Deadbolts have the highest security level among all door locks since they do not contain springs. Technological advancements make it possible for deadbolts to obtain a higher level of security by the addition of features such as built-in alarm system. The Schlage Connect Century Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm combines the strength and durability of deadbolts with technology and automation. This door lock has an ANSI Grade 1 security level, which is considered to be the most durable and secure in residential security.

Not fit for the design of your door: You may want that sleek and sophisticated door lock to be installed in your home, but is the design actually appropriate for your door? One common mistake that some people commit in buying a new door lock is they forget the design and layout of their doors. For classical and vintage doors, the best complement may be an antique bronze-colored lock such as the Dynasty Hardware RID-HER-100-12PL Ridgecrest Front Door Handleset. The aged oil rubbed bronze finish of this door lock set helps achieve that rustic touch and nostalgic vibe to every home.

Not checking your door material: Some door locks require a specific kind of door or material. There are instances when a lock is just meant for solid core doors and not compatible with existing glass or steel doors. The last thing you want is to have to replace your door in order to make use of your newly bought lock. For example, the popular Samsung Digital Door Lock SHS-P718 Fingerprint Push Pull Two Way Latch Mortise can be installed on a solid door but not on fiberglass or metal doors with foam fillers.