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Locksets are available in a wide variety of functions and different designs. Lever-type handles are becoming a popular option due to their ease of operation for individuals who have may have difficulty grasping a round knob. Various lever style handles are also approved to comply with the Americans with Disabilities act (ADA) and are required for commercial buildings. Although lever-type handles are not required in residential homes, you may want to consider them for their ease of use and aesthetic appeal.
There are thousands of options available when it comes to the style and finish of locksets. That being said, there are four basic types of locksets designed for residential use.
• Passage Lockset: A passage lockset is used for interior doors as it does not contain a lock. Passage locks are commonly used on closet doors and pantries.
• Privacy Locksets: Just as the name implies, a privacy lockset is used for a room that needs privacy, for example bathrooms and bedrooms. The lock is activated using either a turn button or a push button on the door’s interior. The outside handle typically contains a small hole, which can be unlocked utilizing a tiny key to open the door in case of emergency.
• Keyed Entry Lockset: A keyed entry lockset has an actual security key operated pin tumbler cylinder and is most often used on exterior doors. Typically the outside side requires a key to operate while the inside uses a button that can be turned to activate the locking mechanism..
• Dummy Locksets: Dummy locksets are nonfunctioning with just a knob or handle on either side that does not turn or active a latch. These are most often found on utility closets, and appearance wise they look just like passage locksets.
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Now that you have a basic understanding of the different locksets available and their applications, you can concentrate on choosing the right style and finish to enhance the beauty of your home. To learn more about residential and commercial locksets, contact the experts at First Lock & Security Technologies today!