What you should know about BHMA/ANSI grading
Grades are important. In school, strong grades may land you a college scholarship or a good job. At restaurants, a good grade means eating without fear of health violations ruining a great meal. For bonds, a strong grade gives investors confidence in the reliability of getting their money back. And with door locks, a top grade means you are putting the best security possible on your entry doors.
The grade of locksets is based on a series of tests done by ANSI/BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association). ANSI/BHMA standards are the written descriptions and criteria that define the appropriate operation, performance characteristics, physical properties and test values of specific types of builders hardware products. The grade assigned by ANSI/BHMA endorses the quality and security of door locks with one of the following grades:
Grade 1 certification – Highest Grade Security. Grade 1 is the strongest grade that ANSI/BHMA will supply for any Residential or Commercial product.
Grade 2 certification - Highest Residential Security. Designed and built to offer excellent security and durability for most residential applications and some light commercial applications.
Grade 3 certification - Basic residential security. Grade 3 is the lowest grade provided by ANSI, the minimal acceptable quality for residential door locks.
For maximum security for your home, use Schlage grade 1 deadbolts and handlesets on all exterior entries.
By Mike S., Schlage Product Manager