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Homeowner Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I look for the BHMA Certified Secure Home™ label?

In buying products with the BHMA Certified Secure Home label, you can be assured that you are purchasing products that have been tested and certified to the highest performance standards when it comes to the safety of your home, and that the hardware will perform to your expectations. Additionally, do-it-yourself enthusiasts have the extra guidance they need to select the perfect product for their specific needs and applications.

Who is BHMA?

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) is the only organization accredited by the America National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain performance standards for door hardware. Any product bearing the BHMA Certified Secure Home™ label has been tested and audited according to these standards—the highest in the industry—to ensure product quality.

How do I know which rating combination to choose?

Each lockset and deadbolt with the BHMA Certified Secure Home label is tested for security, durability and finish and is rated in each category based on its level of performance (C=Good, B=Better, A=Best). So, determining which areas (security, durability and/or finish) are most important when it comes to your specific hardware need(s) will help you select which combination of ratings is right for you.

For example, if you’re looking for a new lock for your bathroom door, you may be most concerned about the product’s durability and less concerned about the security or finish ratings. Therefore, you would want to look for a product where the durability rating is higher or equal to the ratings of the other two categories.

What does ‘Security' mean?

Security measures how well a lock or deadbolt can withstand impact, whether from a possible intruder or extreme weather conditions.

What does ‘Durability’ mean?

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.

What does ‘Finish’ mean?

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.

Why did BHMA start the Secure Home program?

While BHMA is known for developing and maintaining performance standards for commercial hardware, some of these standards include information that can be used for residential hardware as well. In 2014, BHMA determined that the requirements and needs for residential products were different enough from those of commercial products and that, in order to set the highest possible requirements for each type, it would prove best to separate them. The purpose of the Secure Home program is not only to make it easier for homeowners to buy hardware, but for them to understand the importance of purchasing hardware that is certified.

Why are only residential locksets, latches and deadbolts eligible for BHMA Certification?

Right now, there are only two standards for residential hardware: ANSI/BHMA A156.39 Residential Locksets and Latches and ANSI/BHMA A156.40 Residential Deadbolts. BHMA expects to develop a residential standard for hinges in the near future, and other hardware used for residential applications – like thresholds, screen door holders or gaskets – will be considered for standard development as well.

Where can I find BHMA Certified residential hardware?

You can find certified locksets and deadbolts wherever hardware is sold.

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