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Add Extra Security to Your Home - The Uses of Surface Bolts

At we carry a large selection of door Surface Bolts and Flush Bolts. This door hardware article discusses the difference between the two types including when and where to use them.

Unlike Flush Bolts, Surface Bolts are not mortised into the door. Instead, many are simply secured with screws to the door. Surface Bolts work by sliding the bolt into the strike; for this reason, they are also known as Slide Bolts.

Sometimes the strike which secures the bolt closed is surfaced mounted on the door frame (see below left); and sometimes the strike is mortised into the door frame as with Deltana's 10 In Surface Bolt (see below right).

Since Surface Bolts are just screwed into the door, they are feature an easy installation with minimal damage to the door itself. Due to this type of installation, Slide Bolts can be also be installed on windows or gates. And just like Flush Bolts, surface bolts can be mounted up higher to child proof any door.

There are a few types of Surface Bolts:

Deltana 2SBCS 2 Inch Contemporary Surface Bolt Offset Bolts are designed for applications the strike is mounted on the door frame is higher than the bolt mounted on the door.
Barrel Bolts are useful because the slide bolt can be locked in the open position or in the closed position.
Cane Bolts usually are longer than the standard surface bolt and come with guide plates for a very sturdy application.

All types of Door Bolts help ward against intruders because they cannot be seen from the outside; because of this, even if the deadbolt is compromised, a door with a surface bolt will still be secured closed. Unlike deadbolts which can be susceptible to cutting, bumping, drilling and picking, Surface Bolts and Flush Bolts alike are and easy way to add an extra layer of security to your home.

The Uses of Flush Bolts -|- How to Choose the Best Deadbolt

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