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Mechanical Locks vs Electronic Locks

Mechanical Locks vs Electronic Locks

Today, locks are divided into two types; mechanical locks and electronic locks. Mechanical is the traditional locks most houses and businesses use such as deadbolts, knob locks, levers, and mortise locks. Their lock always requires a key while electronic door locks or digital door locks don’t need keys to work.

However, as technology evolves and burglars become more wily, mechanical locks often allow easy entry of unauthorized persons. Contrastingly, electronic locks provide greater security or access control than mechanical door locks. 

The difference between mechanical locks and electronic locks on their major features:


Mechanical and electronic door locks are both great choices in terms of security. Yet, it’s best to look for graded locks according to your security needs. Grade 1 is best, Grade 2 is average, and Grade 3 is the worst. Grade 1 is primarily used for commercial property, while Grade 2 is for light-commercial setting, and Grade 3 is residential grade, suitable for a standard family. 


Electronic door locks secure convenience since they don’t require a key to operate. Electronic locks are great for businesses because you can set multiple combinations for different people or groups. Furthermore, in the event of an emergency, electronic locks work perfectly. The quick access allows you to enter or exit in seconds.

Access control

Electronic door locks are better for access control since you only have to program a distinct access code instead of fumbling with different keys. Also, electronic locks allow you to monitor who is getting in and out of your building.


Mechanical locks are known to be less expensive, ranging from $50 to $1,500 while electronic locks can reach up to $2,000 on the higher end. However, prices also vary depending on which type you choose, wherein some brands include different features that can suit different needs.

Home compatibility

Electronic door locks are most preferable for home compatibility. If automation, convenience, and extra security are essential to you electronic locks are most suited. Just make sure that they’re compatible with existing devices in your building.

If you can’t decide what to choose, either mechanical locks or electronic lock systems for your home or business security, Cobra Locksmith is the way to go. We assess your security requirements and install the right security locks. 

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