Lock down

Lock down – Product Info

As more people look to their homes as a safe haven, security has moved to the forefront as a complement to design options. The majority of residential locksets feature Grade 3 and Grade 2 security And while Grade 2 is the highest residential grade available, several manufacturers are now producing locksets with commercial Grade 1 security in styles and designs for home use.

According to manufacturer Schlage, to qualify for ANSI’s Grade 1 security for commercial buildings, locks must undergo a battery of testing, including 800,000 cycles and six door strikes for doorknobs and 250,000 cycles and 10 door strikes for deadbolts. Schlage offers Maximum Security deadbolts that surpass Grade 2 standards, and Maximum Security handlesets with Grade 1 security features (circle 118). The units come in a range of styles.

Kwikset unveiled its UltraMax line of Grade 1 hardware late last year. The line includes single- and double-cylinder deadbolts and three handlesets with titanium-alloy throwbolt cores, six-pin cylinder with anti-pick pins, and the ultra-strike door jamb brace that prevents forcible entry (circle 119). The company recently added the latter feature to its high-end Society Brass line, which includes a range of unique finishes.

“… We’ve seen a heightened interest in higher-security products.” says Max Ruckman, group manager for Kwikset’s Society Brass Collection. “People are putting more money into their homes because they are spending more time there.” In addition to security concerns. Ruckman says the carry over of commercial-style lock sets is a similar trend in other home categories, such as high-end ranges.

But not all companies ate opting to offer commercial-grade security at this time. Weiser, for example, has chosen instead to track consumer demand for higher grades because, the company says, many buyers focus more on product design, knowing that the security is built into the product. “We really position our product as a fashion doorware offering. We think that’s what consumers ate looking for. They obviously are [considering security], and it is built into the products,” says Ron Hooper, director of marketing for Weiser. “From what we have seen, from the residential marketplace … the security that exists today is for the most part perfectly acceptable.”

In addition to several lines of residential door hardware, Weiser also offers PowerBolt, a keyless entry system with a numbered touch panel. It installs in the same area as standard hardware and requires no wiring (circle 120).

All of the hardware manufacturers also are continuing to expand their designs and finishes to accommodate changing tastes. Hot new looks like nickel and oil-rubbed bronze are catching on with buyers and are carrying over to other building products that are used throughout the home. These options, combined with more choices in security features, ate giving builders and their clients a broader selection and more opportunities to differentiate themselves.–K.T.

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