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Is a keyless lock as good as a regular deadbolt?

Q: Are keyless locks – the ones with a keypad – as good as regular deadbolts?

A: Unless you’re considering a traditional deadbolt that features a multilock system, the bolts in keyless locks and deadbolts are essentially the same. With that said, you may want to join the folks who’ve gone keyless for convenience.

Would not having to carry a key around sound like freedom to you? It might especially appeal to the many parents whose kids frequently lose house keys. Keep in mind, though, that keyless systems are battery-operated, and could fail if a battery isn’t changed in time. Fortunately, most systems provide a key override so you’re not left out in the cold.

Locksmiths list other benefits of keyless locks:

Despite the many benefits, there are things to consider before committing to a keyless lock system:

Keyless locks cost more than traditional deadbolts. Expect to pay $30 to $50 to install a traditional deadbolt, and $150 to $250 for a keyless version, depending on brand and quality.

When hiring an installer, consider an experienced locksmith. A pro can spot defects, sagging hinges and other potential problems. As always, hire contractors who are appropriately licensed, insured and bonded, and who have positive reviews on a trusted online site.