How mechanical locks can make life safer and easier

December 19, 2014

Do you often misplace your keys and sometimes leave your door unlocked? That’s not the way to go. A mechanical lock could be the solution to your problem.

How mechanical locks can make life safer and easier

What is a mechanical lock?

Suitable for inside doors or outer doors, mechanical locks are secured with a code consisting of numbers or letters. After you enter the correct code on a push-button keypad, the door will unlock. With many models, repeated attempts to enter the wrong code triggers an alarm as an additional security measure. In addition, this type of lock doesn’t need a power supply and so it isn’t vulnerable to power outages.

The advantages of mechanical locks

  • No need for keys. Divesting one’s key ring of bulk and weight is an attractive prospect for many people. With mechanical locks, there’s no danger of having more keys in circulation than you can keep track of. If you have tenants, you don’t have to provide them with keys or replace one if it’s lost; a single code is enough.
  • More control. If you own a commercial or industrial building, you can restrict access to some parts of it. The same goes if you’re a landlord; you can limit the access of former tenants without having to change the locks. It’s not complicated to do this any number of times, as long as all the current tenants are made aware of the new code. This could result in substantial savings.
  • Esthetics. Mechanical locks are available in a variety of modern-looking formats. You can also choose the appearance of the keypad buttons.

The disadvantages of mechanical locks

  • Forgetting the code. For users prone to forgetfulness, keeping up with the most recent passcode could be troublesome.
  • Visible keypad wear. If a particular code is used frequently by many people, certain keypad buttons may begin to show wear, and in doing so, reveal the code. It’s important to change your code often to avoid this problem.
  • Code limitations. A 10-digit code would be much more secure than a four-digit one, but it’s not reasonable to repeatedly memorize such long passcodes. Short codes are easy to manage, but they have to be changed frequently.

What they’re good for

  • Companies and organizations that rent offices or storage space in shared buildings can use mechanical locks to restrict access from unauthorized people. No keys are circulated and the code doesn’t have to be changed frequently; the goal is simply to keep the general public from wandering around your premises.
  • A mechanical lock system is a simple and affordable option for property gates at country domains and wall-enclosed urban homes. It’s not vulnerable to electricity blackouts, and it sure beats having to jump out of the car to remove a padlock.

You’re still not sure if you should choose a mechanical lock, digital lock or traditional key lock? An accredited locksmith can help you determine the right way to go and install your new system for you.

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