Security measures how well a lock or deadbolt can withstand impact, whether it be from a possible intruder or extreme weather conditions.
Durability measures how well a lock or deadbolt functions after repeated, long-term use. It also measures how well a lock or deadbolt operates with excessive weight on the door.
Finish measures how well a product can withstand sun exposure, humidity, saltwater, dew and even the oils in our hands – all of which can cause the covering of a lock or deadbolt to soften, peel, discolor or corrode.
When it comes to door hardware, it’s not ‘one size fits all.’ To make sure you’re buying the lock or deadbolt that best fits your home need(s), first check the Security, Durability and Finish ratings on the product’s BHMA Certified label.
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BHMA is the only organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain performance standards for residential locksets, latches and deadbolts.
40% of Americans don’t know what factors to look for when purchasing a lockset or deadbolt **2015 online Harris Poll survey
*2015 online Harris Poll survey
64% of Americans say durability is the main factor they look for when purchasing locksets/deadbolts **2015 online Harris Poll survey
75% of Americans have purchased a lockset or deadbolt for their home **2015 online Harris Poll survey