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Lock Installation

Residential Lock Installation Service


Whether you’ve got a new door or some damage has occurred to the locks in your house due to a break in. You should know, we offer a cost effective, professional lock installation service. Home security is important to everyone, we certainly take safety seriously.



Types of door locks: Smart locks, deadbolts and more

There are a variety of door locks available to homeowners, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.


Knob locks

Knob locks are a type of door lock that is typically found on residential doors. These locks are relatively simple to install and can be easily operated with a key. Knob locks are available in a variety of different styles and finishes, making it easy to find one that complement the look of your home. While they are generally considered to be very safe, knob locks can be picked or forced open if the correct tools are used. For this reason, many homeowners choose to use additional security measures, such as deadbolts, in conjunction with their knob locks.



Mortise locks

A mortise lock is a type of lock that is installed by drilling a hole into the door. The lock consists of a metal plate that fits into the hole, and a bolt that extends into the door frame. Mortise locks are usually more expensive than other types of locks, but they are also much more secure. The bolt on a mortise lock is very difficult to force open, making it an ideal choice for homeowners who want to deter burglars. In addition, the metal plate makes it nearly impossible to saw through the door, providing an additional layer of security. For these reasons, mortise locks are an excellent choice for homeowners who are looking for a high-security option.



Deadbolt locks

A deadbolt, also known as a bolt lock, is a type of locking mechanism that is often used in conjunction with a doorknob. Deadbolts are designed to provide an extra level of security by making it more difficult for an intruder to forced entry. When a door is locked with a deadbolt, the bolt extends into a metal strike plate that is mounted on the door frame. This creates a much stronger hold than a doorknob alone, making it more difficult for an intruder to kick the door in or use a crowbar to pry it open.

Deadbolts are available in both manual and electronic versions, and they can be adapted to work with almost any type of existing door. For maximum security, it is recommended that doors be equipped with both a deadbolt and a doorknob lock.



Smart locks

Smart locks are a type of electronic lock that can be opened with an authorized device, such as a smartphone. They typically use Bluetooth or NFC technology to communicate with the device, and they can be programmed to allow access to multiple people. Smart locks offer a number of advantages over traditional lock-and-key systems. For one, they can be controlled remotely, which means you can let someone into your home even when you’re not there. They also provide a higher level of security, since they can’t be picked like traditional locks. And if you lose your keys, you can simply deactivate the lock from your smartphone.

Smart locks are becoming increasingly popular for both homes and businesses. If you’re looking for a convenient and secure way to keep your property safe, a smart lock may be the right choice for you.



Install a door lock yourself or call in a professional?

When it comes time to install a door lock, you have two options: you can either do it yourself or hire a professional locksmith. Each approach has its own advantages and disadvantages.

If you choose to install the door lock yourself, you will likely save money on labor costs. However, it is important to note that door locks are complex mechanisms, and even a small mistake can render the lock ineffective. You also void any security or insurance guarantees that come with engaging a professional. In addition, if you are not experienced in working with door locks, it may take you longer to install the lock than it would take a professional. As a result, you may want to hire a professional if time is of the essence.

On the other hand, hiring a professional locksmith comes with its own set of challenges. First of all, the cost can be higher than doing it yourself. However, a certified locksmith will be able to install your locks in accordance with the manufacturers warranty and can also provide additional security upgrade advice while on-site. If you want to ensure that your door lock is installed correctly, hiring a professional is your best bet.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to install a door lock yourself or use the services of a professional is up to you. Consider your budget, time constraints, and level of expertise before making a decision.



The installation process

In order to install a door lock all you’ll need is a screwdriver and a few minutes of your time. If you engage a locksmith they’ll follow the exact same process, only it will be completed in a significantly shorter timeframe.


Remove the old lock

Start by removing the old lock. If there’s a screws holding it in place, simply remove them with a screwdriver. If not, you may need to use a utility knife to pry the lock off.


Insert the new lockset

Once the old lock is removed, take a look at the new one and identify the top and bottom plates. The bottom plate should have a hole for the bolt, while the top plate will have holes for the screws. Line up the bottom plate with the hole in the door and insert the bolt. The faceplate should sit flush with the door edge, otherwise you’ll need to carve out extra space for the lockset. Then, line up the top plate and screw it into place.


Test your new lock

Finally, insert the key and turn it to make sure the lock is working properly. If everything looks good, you’re all done!



Our residential lock installation service

With Tacoma Locksmith you get the VIP treatment. When you call us, we’ll provide you with a price estimate over the phone. Our skilled locksmiths will then assess the job and confirm a total price on-site before commencing work. We employ only certified locksmiths and we are constantly up-to-date with new and emerging security technologies.

We provide high quality services and use only the best locks and parts for installations. Our locksmith company is fully insured, so you get some peace of mind should any damage result from the work carried out.

Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including all holidays. Our team are fully mobile, so not only is around-the-clock service convenient but we come to you. Freeing you of the need to find the time to track down the location of a shop front.


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How much does it cost to have a locksmith install a door lock?


The cost of having a locksmith install a door lock will vary depending on the type of lock you choose and the complexity of the installation. Simple locks can be installed relatively quickly and easily, while more complex locks may require special tools and expertise.

In general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $200 for professional installation. If you are looking for a higher-end lock, such as a deadbolt, you may end up paying closer to $300. However, it is always best to get an estimate before having any work done.



Can I get a deadbolt installed into any type of door?


While deadbolts can be installed into most types of doors, there are some exceptions. For instance, most hollow-core doors are not strong enough to support a deadbolt, and it is also not possible to install a deadbolt into a door that already has a hole drilled for a doorknob. In addition, it is important to make sure that the doorframe is strong enough to support the weight of the deadbolt. If the doorframe is not sturdy, it is possible to reinforce it with metal plates or special brackets.

Typically we recommend deadbolts only be installed in quality wood or metal doors. Whether or not a deadbolt can be installed into a particular door will depend on the door itself as well as the condition of the doorframe, it’s best to have a professional assess it.



Can you set up and teach me how to use my smart locks?


Installing a smart lock can be a great way to increase the security of your home. However, if you’ve never used these before, the process can seem a bit daunting. Luckily, we’re here to help. We’ll help you choose the right lock for your needs, install it and program it to work the way you want. We’ll then teach you how to use the lock’s features, so you can take full advantage of its security capabilities. By the time we’re done, you’ll be an expert on smart locks – and your home will be that much safer.

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