Posted on March 11, 2013

Fed up with worrying whether you have your keys, or are you forever losing them? We have a simple answer to that problem, Digital Door Locks! We have listed the Pro’s and Con’s to having a digital door lock – but what is a digital door lock we hear you ask, well it can be also known as a combination door lock and it allows you to enter and exit a building without the need for a key – instead you use a PIN code. They can solve the issue of keys being lost or stolen and replacing the keys which could be inefficient and expensive.

So here are the advantages and disadvantages of using a digital door lock:

Advantages

Pick-proof: Because there is no place for a key with these locks, the prevent break-ins because burglars are unable to pick or ‘bump’ the lock. Criminals methods of breaking and entering are improving and the majority of criminals can pick an ordinary key lock.

NO MORE KEYS!: You won’t have to carry around a large set of keys and they will be less likely to be lost or stolen. Also, if you are a landlord, you don’t have to give residents keys or replace them if they lose them.

Control: In a company building, you can control and restrict who goes into what part of the building. Also residents and landlords of apartments and flat, can control who can enter their room with one PIN code and it reduces the risk of anything getting stolen. It is incredibly easy to change the PIN code whenever you like. The combination door locks from The Workplace Depot have over 8,000 possible code combinations with a simple code change facility.

Aesthetically Pleasing: Door locks can come in a range of stylish colours that look smart and professional. At The Workplace Depot, we sell mechanical digital door locks in a choice of 3 colours, brass, chrome and satin chrome.

Perfect for the elderly or disabled: The extra investment into a door lock could bring massive advantages to those who are unable to get to the door quickly and/or who struggle with keys.

Disadvantages

Forgetful?: You may be the one to forget your keys now and then, and it can be easy to forget you PIN code for the lock and when your in a rush to get into the room or building or it is night time and dark, you don’t want to be changing the code in the middle of the night or when it’s raining!

Keep the PIN code safe and the lock clean: Only tell the code to people who you trust, as you don’t want a code to your property to be local news. When the lock has been used a few too many times, the coating may start to come away or mucky fingerprints may start to occur on the buttons. Keep the lock maintained and clean to stop unwanted people finding out the code!

Power Failure: Some digital door locks are powered by electricity, if your house or building has a power failure, then the door lock will not work which restricts you from entering the building. Buying a mechanical or battery powered lock will not affect you if there is a power failure.

Limit the PIN Code Length: Some digital door locks have a PIN code length up to 10 digits – this is not what you want! Digital Door Locks will be much more secure if they are only 4 digits long. Purchase a quality lock that you can change the PIN code on, don’t buy locks that are provided with a PIN code because people can find out the code.

For more information about digital door locks, see The Workplace Depot’s page of combination door locks.