Keeping your commercial building or your home secure is a major concern to most people. Where there are a number of different things you can do to better safeguard the contents of your business or abode, the locks and bolts are generally involved. Like many products available to the general public, there is a grading system. You can get a generic and standard item, upgrade it to a more involved and equipped one, or you can get the ultimate product that comes with the bells and whistles. Locks and deadbolts are no different. When considering the deadbolts to your castle or the master locks to your livelihood, it’s important to know how the grading system works.

Best Locksmiths relate the three grades used in the grading system on locks and deadbolts.

To begin with, ANSI is the organization that grades the locks and deadbolts. The ANSI is a private, nonprofit group – the American National Standards Institute. They administer voluntary performance standards for many products for builder’s hardware, including locks and deadbolts. Through a series of tests and operations, ANSI grades the performance, durability, and quality of locksets.

There are 3 grades of certification ANSI bestows upon a product based on the test, basically ranging from good, to better, to best.

Grade 1 certification: The best grade, equates it to highest grade security, which is the strongest grade ANSI recognizes, perfect for commercial and residential use. To attain this rank, the door knob withstands a minimum of 800,000 cycles, 6 door strikes and 360 pound weight test. The deadbolt is cycled a minimum of 250,000 times and withstands 10 door strikes with a hammer.
Grade 2 certification: The better grade or a higher grade designed to deliver excellent security and durability for residential security. Ideal for home function and light commercial application. These knobs are not nearly as durable as the best grade is cycled a minimum of 400,000 times, 4 door strikes, and withstands a 250 pound weight test. The deadbolts withstand 150,000 cycles and 5 door strikes with a hammer.
Grade 3 certification: The good grade or the low grade ANSI provides is acceptable for basic residential security. This has the minimal requirements for residential door locks. This grade is recommended on secondary entry points, and should be avoided where primary doors are used. Door knobs withstand 200,000 cycles, 2 door strikes, and 150 pound weight test. Deadbolts are 100,000 cycles, and 2 door strikes with a hammer.

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Now with a basic understanding of the grading system provided by the ANSI, you can make better decisions on the quality of deadbolts and doorknobs. Whether you are trying to better secure your commercial business, or your residential home, ensuring you have dependable locking system to secure your home or business.

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