If you are in the market for a new lock, you may have noticed that locks are available in different grades. What does this mean to you? The ANSI/BHMS grading system is used for locks produced in the United States and Canada. The system is designed to provide you with an understanding of the performance and durability of the lock to help you decide on the right locking system for your home or business. First Lock & Security Technologies compare the different types of lock grades include.
ANSI Grade 1 Locks
Typically used for heavy-duty commercial applications. It provides a superior level of durability and accommodates high-traffic areas. It is also the most robust grade available and is an excellent option for residential, industrial, and commercial applications. Grades 1 locks offer the highest level of testing available on today’s market.
ANSI Grade 2 Locks
Designated for light duty commercial grade or heavy duty residential grade security applications. It offers durability and security for residential homes and light commercial use. Grade 2 locks are classified as a medium level of durability. They are used to secure exterior doors and interior doors where security is a concern, for example, interior office doors.
ANSI Grade 3 Locks
This is the most basic of the three grades and meets the minimum acceptable quality standards for residential use set by ANSI. Grade 3 locks are also referred to as light duty locksets and are commonly used on track homes including bedroom and bathroom doors.
Security & Durability Locks
Lock grades should be used to determine the suitability of hardware for your application in terms of durability. A lock with a higher grade (lower number) is built to withstand and tested for a designated number of cycles. In order to pass the test the hardware is built with stronger and thicker materials which can translate to being more secure. Additionally higher grade locks are smoother operating and easier to use than low grade locks and have a better, smoother feel and ease when turning the knob or lever. Lock grades do not necessarily directly translate to being more secure, high security locks involve more than grade in determining the true level of security. For more information on high security locks contact First Lock and Security Technology experts.
Types of Mechanical Locks & Locking Mechanisms
Regardless of their grades, locks come in various applications, including deadbolts, keyed entry knobs, levers, and handle sets. If you are unsure which type of locking mechanism is best suited for your needs, the experts at First Lock & Security can offer you guidance on the most secure application for your residential home or commercial business.