No matter how safe the area you live in is, you should remain vigilant about protecting your business or home. The best type of security you can implement is a high-quality locking system that’s going to be used on a consistent basis. Believe it or not, there’s a huge difference between the types of locks, as they can be made of different materials and it can be harder to break some models than others. With that said, investing in quality heavy duty locking systems and high-security keys, installed by a certified locksmith can be one of the best long-term investments you make.

One of the best locking systems available nowadays is the heavy duty gate drop bolt system. This design works by sliding the rod into the securing bolt which holds the door in place. This is one of the most simple, least involved, yet most efficient options and it can only be secured from the inside of the home or business. Furthermore, heavy duty gate drop bolt systems are very cost-effective and come in a variety of materials and sizes.

Another popular locking system is spring loaded locks which utilise a spring to facilitate the closing action. Although sometimes expensive, spring-loaded locks offer a smooth handle when you open or close the gate. Spring loaded locks are always two-sided, which allows them to be opened from either side of the gate. Further, they’re usually used as an in-swinging option, but you can reverse the installation for an out-swinging gate if that’s your preference. Depending on the style of the spring-loaded lock, the installation difficulty can be extremely simple or very complex.

Regardless of whether you go for a spring loaded or drop lock system, the material the locks are made of can make a huge difference. Stainless steel and aluminium are the most commonly used materials, with stainless steel being the most expensive but most durable one. Stainless steel locks are rust-resistant and blend in well in modern and contemporary designs. You’ll typically see it in its raw silver form, but there are also coated models available which enhance their corrosive-resistant properties.

Aluminium is another heavy-duty material that’s corrosion, wear- and tear resistant. It’s durable, lightweight and can be used in almost any environment. Most aluminium designs come in shiny silver, but similarly to stainless steel, aluminum can be powder coated to give them a more rustic look. Unlike stainless steel, aluminium is more affordable, yet still very functional and attractive.