Does a door knob really make the difference? Ask any interior designer or architect, and you will hear the same reply time and again: “Oh yes, absolutely!” They are certainly not wrong, whether you live in a country-style home or a modern home. But in the quest for the perfect door fittings, style is not the only element to consider. Safety is and continues to remain the overriding factor. Door knobs not only need to look the part, they also need to be safe and solid. And last but not least, you need to be able to combine your door knobs with a safe lock such as a knob cylinder lock.
What is a door knob cylinder lock?
A door knob cylinder lock is a lock that you can operate from the inside without a key, by way of a simple turning knob. On the exterior face of the door however, you need a key.
It is something we prefer not to give much thought to, but it is a fact of life: a fire can break out in any home. In situations like these, every second counts. If you are fit as a fiddle, you will make your way to the front door and put yourself out of harm’s way in a whisk. That is, if you are able to find the key and the key hole right away. To people who are less agile, saving themselves can be much less straightforward. At times like these, a door knob cylinder lock can save lives.
Door knob cylinder locks: some safety tips
For all that, knob cylinder locks are not without risk. If you have a glazed door, all a burglar needs to do is smash a small glazed section to open your door from the inside out. So the safest thing to do is to also replace that glazed front door with a non-glazed door. If that kind of outlay exceeds your budget, putting forced entry resistant glazing or forced entry retardant foil in or on your windows is certainly worth considering.