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3 Important Factors to Consider When Choosing a Padlock

Posted by Howard Sales on 10/7/2014 to Locks

At one point or another, you'll probably come across the need for a padlock, whether for a simple locker or a bicycle or even for a valuable storage unit or warehouse gate. It's not advisable to just go for any padlock you get your hands on, especially if you need to secure something very important. Hence, you need to carefully consider the following factors when choosing a padlock:

1.      Value

First, you must consider the value of what you're trying to protect. It may not be appropriate to purchase a highly complex and expensive lock just to secure your office locker. In the same way, when you need to safeguard your factory which holds business goods and supplies, it's not fitting either to make use of the cheapest padlock available.

Take note that often, the more affordable ones are not that durable and can easily be tampered, broken, or picked. They are usually manufactured with low-quality materials and simpler mechanisms.

2.      Location

The second top element you must take into account is the location. This refers to the actual surroundings. For instance, if you park your motorcycle daily outside of your office, then you need to check out the environment here. If it's notorious for theft and for felons who are good with prying locks open, then you must not take your chances. Equip yourself with the proper padlock, especially if there are times when you have to stay until nighttime.

What's more, you need to consider if the location is inside an enclosed area or outdoors. If it's inside a building or a room, what's the environment like? How about the temperature? Or if it's outdoors, you need to scrutinize if the lock is tough enough to resist the wear and tear of natural elements over time.

3.      Attachment

It's also very important to know where you intend to attach the padlock. Do you intend to clasp it with a metal chain? Are you going to attach it to a wooden material? Is there a suitable hook to which you can link the padlock? Indeed these are questions you need to find the answers to in order to guide you in selecting the best padlock for your purposes.

With these factors in mind, you can go through the various types of padlocks available in our product catalog. These padlocks come in diverse shapes and sizes, made from a multitude of materials and with varying mechanisms too. Thus, it's essential to consider the above-mentioned elements before you start your search for the most effective and practical padlock solution for your specific need.

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