Durability is a measure of functionality and is determined by how well the hardware can withstand the demands of daily life over a lengthy period of time. Choosing locks and deadbolts with the SecureHome™ label means that your selections have been certified by BHMA® to specific durability standards.
Will the door be use frequently?
The durability of a lockset or deadbolt is determined by how well it can withstand an excessive amount of weight in addition to repeated, long-term usage.
Consider how your front door hardware is confronted with countless turns of the lock – latching it, unlatching and turning it again – as you and your family come and go about your lives, welcoming friends and acquaintances into your home. The deadbolt on your entry door must endure repeated exposures to:
A dripping towel
A heavy handbag
A bag of groceries or other shopping items
Or, think about the lock and latch hardware of your interior doors. Busy lives mean that doorknobs are sometimes used as a convenient place to hang:
Many packages or heavy tote bags
Clanking keys that knock against them
Blustery weather that allows the door to slam
Also keep in mind that some rooms, such as a shared bathroom, get more use than others and that family members seeking privacy can occasionally close a door quickly, so that it slams shut. Making sure that the lock continues to work, does not jam or get stuck, is what the durability rating is all about.
Photo: Courtesy of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL)
Durability tests evaluate how hardware holds up over time after repeated openings and closings.
Cycling Lock Cycle Test, shown here, simulates real-life use by subjecting the lock to up to one million cycles of unlatching, closing and relatching.