Schlage locks offer many advantages and innovations that discount brands don’t. Because of this, Schlage is preferred by many builders, locksmiths and security specialists. Following are some the features that make these door locks stand out.
The tubular design of Schlage locks makes them almost impossible to pick. In addition, the keys have an abnormal shape and bittings on multiple faces of the key. The forged brass construction also makes them resistant to kick-ins and other types of tampering.
Electronic locks are available for both residential and commercial applications. These allow for keyless entry, multiple user codes, and auto-locking after the door recloses. Schlage pre-programs the electronic locks with random codes so no two locks are the same from the factory, thus adding another layer of security.
All Schlage products are rigorously tested to meet ANSI standards. The locks are long-lasting and easily re-keyed or repaired by a locksmith. While discount brands may malfunction after heavy use, Schlage offers a 3-year warranty on commercial locks and a limited lifetime warranty on residential locks.
The Grade 2, residential locks from Schlage meet the same stringent security requirements as their Grade 1 commercial locks. For example, the solid, one piece design of the deadbolts makes them resistant to attacks with hammers or crow bars. The Grade 1 security also prevents the key cylinder from being knocked out with a screwdriver or chisel.
The security features alone make these locks a top seller. However, innovation with electronic locks, including remote access and control via the Web make Schlage the industry leader in door security. The Schlage lock has been a trusted symbol for almost a century, providing the finest in home and business security. The new keypad locks and deadlocks are no exception, combining high quality metal works with digital technology to provide maximum security. Both keypad and deadbolt lock types can be used for homes and offices. Keypad locks have levers while deadbolts use thumb-turns. The bodies and levers of the locks have different shapes and styles like the Plymouth, Camelot, Addison, Century and Wakefield designs. They also come in bright brass, aged bronze and satin nickel finishes. All of them can be equipped with the new keypad system.
These locks are programmable by an administrator (owner), who is given a 6-digit programmers key upon purchase. Access to the door is granted upon input of a 4-digit combination. A lock can have up to 19 working 4-digit combinations at a time (from a total of 10,000 possible combinations). After four failed attempts of entering the code, the lock will make warning sounds, and the keypad will be disabled for a few seconds.
Both the lever and deadbolt lock’s hardware have two available types: the Autolock and the Flexlock. The Autolock has no thumb-turn or lever from the inside. The bolt automatically locks after five seconds of being closed. This guarantees that you will never forget to lock an important storage or work room. The Flexlock, on the other hand, allows both manual locking (from the inside) and automatic locking after five seconds. The latter is recommended for the main doors of a home.
One may think that installing such a complex system would be difficult. However, it is a simple as installing ordinary door knobs and deadbolts. There is no need for extra drill holes since it will fit on regular door preps. Battery replacement is minimal since the alkaline battery (9 volts) will last up to three years.
One of the most amazing features of this cutting edge security system is the Z-Wave “Schlage LiNK” system. This is a wireless network, which allows your keypad and deadlocks to be accessed over the internet. This system uses the Bridge, a secure online application. Through this feature, you can lock, unlock and block 4-digit combinations wherever you are by connecting to the Internet through a phone or a computer. The Bridge also allows you to monitor who is opening your door. Their respective pass-codes are recognized by the computer. You can also open/lock the doors remotely in cases of fire and other emergencies.
Finally, the Z-Wave network for your lock can be enhanced to control house lights. Through this, you can manage the lighting of your house, even if you are miles away. By programming through the Bridge, you an also make your houselights “greet” incoming users differently depending on their individual pass code.