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Secure Your Exterior Doors With High-Quality Door Deadbolts

When selecting door hardware for your exterior doors, taking the extra step to add a deadbolt to your door is an excellent choice for added security. At Access Residential Hardware, we take your home security seriously and offer only trusted brands that produce high-quality deadbolts to keep your home protected. We offer a wide selection of deadbolt designs, styles, and finishes so that you don’t have to compromise on appearances. We have deadbolts to meet all your needs and match any design aesthetic.

Types Of Deadbolt Locks: Single Cylinder, Double Cylinder, And Patio

A deadbolt is a locking device separate from the lock that may already be in place on your exterior door knob or exterior door handle. Deadbolts are typically installed just above the door knob. They provide extra security to your door not only by adding an additional lock but because they have a sturdier locking mechanism than regular door locks. 

To choose the right deadbolt lock for your home, it’s important to understand the different types of deadbolts and the situations where each is commonly used. Keep in mind the functionality of the door you’re selecting a deadbolt for. 

Single Cylinder

A single cylinder deadbolt lock features a keyhole on the exterior side of the door and a thumb turn on the interior side of the door. This is the type of deadbolt that’s most commonly seen on front doors of residential homes. 

Double Cylinder

Double cylinder deadbolt locks are locked and unlocked with a key on both sides of the door - meaning that you have two keyholes and no thumb turn. These are used when there is a glass window in close proximity to the lock to prevent intruders from breaking the glass and reaching inside to unlock the door. 

In residential spaces, they can present a safety hazard in the event of a fire or emergency, as they can inhibit escape from the building. These locks are used more commonly in businesses and commercial buildings than in residential homes, and it is recommended that you leave a key near or in the lock on the inside of the door for ease of exiting the home. 


Also called a single sided deadbolt, a patio deadbolt can only be locked and unlocked from the inside of the door, usually with a thumb turn. From the outside, you don’t see the deadbolt at all, and there is no keyhole to unlock the door. This style of deadbolts got its name from being used most often on doors leading to a patio. 

Keyless Deadbolts

Keyless entry door knobs have become increasingly popular in recent years, and keyless deadbolts have also been increasing in popularity and availability. Keyless deadbolts have a keyless interface operated by a keypad or fingerprint just like a keyless entry door knob, but the interior locking mechanism is the same as a mechanical deadbolt. Keyless and traditional deadbolts offer similar protection to your home, so long as they are well-constructed and come from a trusted brand.

There are pros and cons to choosing a keyless deadbolt instead of a traditional one. For many, the biggest advantage to choosing a keyless deadbolt is the convenience and ease of access that they allow. With many keyless deadbolts unlocking with just a touch, they’re much easier to use when your hands are full, and light up keypads make them easy to use in the dark. They also allow tight control over access to your home, with many models allowing you to program unique key codes for individual users and one-time access codes for visitors and service providers.

You’ll want to consider the possible drawbacks of using a keyless deadbolt when considering installing one on your door. Keyless deadbolts typically are more expensive than traditional deadbolts, and the colors and styles available are more limited. Because they’re electronic, keyless deadbolts need a power source to work (typically they either use batteries or they’re hardwired in), and if these power sources are interrupted you may find yourself locked out. 

Measurements For Correct Deadbolt Fit

In order to ensure that your deadbolt correctly fits your door, there are a few measurements you should take before placing an order. 

  • Backset is the distance from the edge of the door to the center of the bore hole where the deadbolt will be placed. Standard backset lengths are 2 ⅜” or 2 ¾”. 

  • Door thickness is the distance between the front and back sides of the door. Most exterior doors are 1 ¾” thick. Some deadbolts may require an additional conversion kit to accommodate thicker doors. 

Deadbolt Finishes And Styles

We offer deadbolts in a variety of colors and styles to match any look and other existing hardware in your home. 

Deadbolt Styles We Offer

  • American Classic

  • American Designer

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Contemporary

  • Rustic Living

  • Traditional

  • Tuscany

Deadbolt Finishes We Offer

  • Brushed Stainless Steel

  • Dark Bronze

  • Flat Black

  • Flat Black Steel

  • French Antique

  • Matte Antique Nickel

  • Matte Brass & Black

  • Medium Bronze

  • Oil Rubbed Bronze

  • Pewter

  • Polished Brass

  • Polished Chrome

  • Polished Nickel

  • Satin Black

  • Satin Brass

  • Satin Nickel

  • Satin Steel

  • Tumbled White Bronze

  • Unlacquered Brass

  • Venetian Bronze

  • White Bronze

Deadbolt FAQs

How Does A Deadbolt Work?

A deadbolt consists of a long bolt made of hardened metal, which, when locked, latches into a metal strike plate that reinforces the wood of the doorframe where the bolt sits. Deadbolts secure your doors better than standard locks because the bolt is considerably longer than the latch on a standard lock. The mechanism used by these two types of locks differs as well. A regular door latch uses a spring mechanism that can be jimmied, while a deadbolt is considered “dead” because the mechanism that locks the bolt (either the key, thumb turn, or electronic lock) must be engaged in order to unlock it. 

What Does Deadbolt Keyway Mean?

Some of our deadbolts offer an option to select a keyway. This refers to the actual keyhole in the deadbolt. Our deadbolts use keyways from one of two manufacturers: Weiser or Schlage. Both brands offer high-quality locks. It’s important to note which type of keyway your deadbolt has in place in case you ever need to rekey your lock, as they often are not interchangeable. 

Can Deadbolts Be Kicked In, Picked, Or Broken Into?

The keyways, or keyholes, of deadbolts are the same as the keyholes used in regular door locks, so they could be picked like any other lock. It’s important to note though that most intruders don’t attempt to pick a lock - instead, they often try to kick in the door. Due to the length of the deadbolt, doors with deadbolts are much harder to kick in than doors without deadbolts, and will generally take much longer to do so. Deadbolts also cannot be jimmied the way other door latches can, which also makes them harder to break into for opportunistic intruders looking for door security that can be easily bypassed. 

To maximize the security of your door, ensure that you properly install your deadbolt with any screws on the inside of the door so that intruders cannot remove the bolt. If thieves attempt to kick in a door with a deadbolt, the door jamb will typically fail before the deadbolt will. Ensure that your deadbolt is installed on a solid door made of a heavy material and that the door jamb is solid. 

What Are Deadbolts Made Of?

The internal mechanisms of a deadbolt are often made from metals like zinc and brass. The bolt itself is made from a hardened metal like steel. 

How Much Do Deadbolts Cost?

Deadbolts can cost as little as a few dollars to upwards of four hundred dollars. Traditional keyed deadbolts will cost less, while keyless deadbolts will be on the more expensive end of the spectrum. Keep in mind that cheaper deadbolts may be made with cheaper materials and may not be as secure as a higher-end deadbolt. Cheaper deadbolts may also be more likely to break and need to be replaced. 

Selecting A Deadbolt From Access Residential Hardware

At Access Residential Hardware, we partner with high-quality, reputable brands so that you can be confident in the craftsmanship of your new deadbolt. Our deadbolts are durable, secure, and stylish. We also keep our prices competitive and offer free shipping on all orders to keep our products affordable. 

Contact Us And Speak With A Hardware Expert

Questions about our deadbolts, or need help determining which deadbolt is right for your home? Our hardware experts can walk you through selecting the best deadbolt to meet your needs. Contact us by filling out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.