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How to Install a Deadbolt Lock

Updating your front door can be as simple as adding a fresh coat of paint and a new set of hardware. This project can easily be tackled in an afternoon and to help you plan for this project, we're going to show you how easy it is to install a new deadbolt lock. Before we get started, be sure your...

Exterior Projects That Are Worth the Investment

Prioritizing exterior projects can be an overwhelming process. You may feel like you have a million projects to get done and not enough time - or money - to do them. Take a step back and try prioritizing where you'll see the biggest bang for your buck. Here are seven common exterior projects and the...

When Should You Re-key Your Exterior Deadbolts and Locks?

Re-keying your locks often requires a visit form a local locksmith which could prove to be more costly than replacing the locks altogether. It pays to understand when you should re-key your locks or opt for an upgrade. Here are four times you may consider re-keying your exterior deadbolts and locks...

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing Exterior Door Hardware

When it comes to choosing the best exterior door hardware, there are many factors to consider to ensure the right fit for the style and security of your home. Choosing a new deadbolt and handleset may not be as simple as picking up whatever is available on the shelf. Make sure you do your homework...

Install Door Hardware With Ease With This Door Prep Checklist

Installing new door hardware is an easy project that any homeowner can take on. Whether you're a seasoned remodeler or just getting started at tackling these projects on your own, with a little prep work, you can update a whole home in no time. Follow this door prep checklist to make sure your...

15 Essential Skills for the New Homeowner

Purchasing a new home is an exciting time - especially for the first-time buyer - but can also be overwhelming. No matter if it's an older home, a brand new build or a recent flip, there will always be something you need to work on. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the cost of always hiring a...

How to Choose Door Hardware for Your Home

Whether you just purchased a new home, have faulty hardware, or just want to make an upgrade from an outdated style, there are plenty of reasons you may need to update your door hardware. How do you determine which hardware is best for your needs? Here are a few things you should consider before...

Home Security Steps You Should Take Before the Holidays

The Holiday season seems to arrive faster and faster with each passing year. We've blinked and it's December. Before you know it, you'll be traveling to visit family and friends or hosting guests at your home. Check one thing off your list this weekend by making sure your home is safe and secure so...

How to Prep Your Front Door for Winter

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays and change in seasons, there are plenty of things to worry about as you wrap up the year. Don't let your front door be one of them. Here are five things you should consider doing before winter settles in. Farmhouse Exterior by Newtown Architects & Building...

How to Properly Clean and Care for Your Electronic Touchscreen Deadbolt

Keeping your exterior door hardware looking like new while it builds up with dirt, oil and other contaminates can often be accomplished with a little warm water and a damp cloth. But what if your deadbolt is an electronic touchscreen lock? Are there special precautions you need to take to properly...

9 Moments You Should Consider Replacing Your Door Hardware

Are you considering a home remodeling project? There's one simple detail that is often overlooked but actually makes a huge impact in the look and feel of your home: your door hardware. According to a recent survey conducted online by Hanley Wood, 41% of professional home builders and remodelers...

8 Common Worries You Can Kiss Goodbye with Keyless Convenience

Picture this. You're running behind for work. In a rush, you lock your door from the inside, shut the door behind you and suddenly that sinking feeling takes over. You've locked your keys inside. Your only options are to hope you left a window open, kick the door in or call a locksmith and foot an...

Welcome Your Guests In Style: 5 Front Door Looks You Should Try

Are you considering updating your front door and adding a little more curb appeal? According to this year's Hanley Wood Cost vs. Value report, a little curb appeal can go a long way in adding value to your home. One of the simplest and impactful ways to upgrade your curb appeal is simply through a...

Easy DIY Curb Appeal Projects You Can Be Proud Of

Curb Appeal - it's what your neighbors see daily, what your guests see first, what helps sell your home to potential buyers and what welcomes you home from a long day at the office. During DIY season, Curb Appeal projects are among the professionals' favorites. They are often quick, easy and can be...

Say Goodbye to Winter with this Interior Spring Cleaning Checklist

As spring works its way to life, it's time to get rid of winter's evidence and give your home a light, clean feeling. For some, Mother Nature may not be sure which season she wants to stick with so we put this interior checklist together to help you tackle little updates while you're still stuck...

Are Keyless Electronic Locks Right For You?

Imagine a world where you can leave your home for a run and never worry about hiding a key where - hopefully - no one will see. Or imagine never locking yourself out of the house or worrying that you might lose a spare. That's the world many keyless lock owners live in. Here at Schlage, we offer a...

The 5 Door Hardware Topics You Shouldn't Have Missed in 2014

It's hard to believe another year has flown by. Before we dive in to the next one, we'd like to reflect on what you - our audience - enjoyed most in 2014. Check out our most-read blog posts below. 1. Automate Your Home with Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt and WinkHome automation is quickly becoming a...

A Simple Guide to Understanding Lock Talk

In a recent study, we found that an average American on an average weekday interacted with door handles and locks 90+ times per day. 90+ times per day. What other household item do you engage with that often? With all that interaction, you would think we were all subject matter experts on locks....

Home Safety & Security Tips

It’s been firmly established that we’re in the middle of a heatwave. What better time to dream of cool late summer breezes and open windows? But when we can open our windows again, don’t forget to keep security in mind. Often, a break-in is just too easy for criminals because the homeowner forgot to...

How to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal for less than $100

Every homeowner wants their house to look as good as possible, and with spring upon us and summer rapidly approaching, now is the time to start thinking about your curb appeal. Home improvements can be large, costly projects, but they don’t have to be. You can easily add some style – and value – to...