Keyless Deadbolts vs Standard Deadbolts - Which Is Better_

Keyless Deadbolt vs. Standard Deadbolt: Which Is Better?

Posted on August 12, 2021 by Trevor Ayers

Whether it’s for your home or business, you have two main options when it comes to deadbolts: keyless or standard. What are the pros and cons of each option? Let’s go over both to help you determine which one is right for you.

Hardware Security and Your Home

There are many components that make up locks in general, and deadbolts are no exception. People often ask us which part of the deadbolt provides the most security. Is it the knob? The lever? The lock above it? The actual deadbolt is what will protect your home, as it helps prevent criminals from breaking in by force. To learn more about the specifics of hardware security and see what components make up a deadbolt, watch our video on the topic here:

Pros and Cons of Standard Deadbolts

Standard deadbolts are the traditional deadbolt option, and they’re often called mechanical deadbolts as well. You’re likely familiar with these types of deadbolts, so let’s just get into some of their advantages:

  • Most time-tested and affordable deadbolt option
  • More style options and customizability
  • Easier to install than keyless deadbolts
  • Limited people have access

And here are some of the disadvantages of standard deadbolts

  • You have to carry a key around
  • A spare key is an additional risk
  • Only someone with a physical key has access
  • It’s easier to get locked out 
  • Not compatible with smart home technology

Pros and Cons of Keyless Deadbolts

Keyless deadbolts are becoming more and more popular these days. There are a variety of brands of keyless deadbolts and features can vary depending on the model. Here are some of the advantages that keyless deadbolts provide:

  • Often compatible with smartphones, bluetooth technology and/or other systems
  • Can be locked or unlock remotely; easy to give access and change codes
  • Great for securing small businesses with few employees
  • You don’t have to hide a spare key (though key overrides are available)

And here are some of the disadvantages to keyless deadbolts:

  • May require professional installation
  • Can be more expensive than standard deadbolts
  • Batteries need to be changed at a manufacturer recommended timeline
  • Weather may impact functionality depending on model
  • Someone can learn the code if it’s written down or there is keypad wear

If you’re deciding on the best hardware security for your home or business, contact us today or visit any of our area locations and we’ll help you out.

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