Keyless Vs. Keyed Door Locks: Which Should You Choose?

Posted on: 9 February 2015

The traditional keyed door lock has been around for ages and it's proven itself as one of the best security measures for any home or business. However, technology is also bringing keyless door locks to the forefront. These door locks offer comparable security along with the convenience offered by keyless entry.

If you want to know which type of door lock works best for your business, check out the following comparison between keyed and keyless door locks.


Keyless door locks come in a variety of different forms for different access and security needs, including:

  • Electronic keyless door locks that offer a broad range of key code combinations, an easy-to-use keypad and other convenience features
  • Mechanical keyless locks that don't rely on battery or main power to function, allowing full access even during power outages
  • Card-swipe systems that do away with key codes in favor of encrypted cards
  • Biometric-based locks that utilize a person's own fingerprint or retina scan for access control

In addition to the diversity in both design and function, keyless door locks can be easily installed in place of conventional keyed door locks.

In comparison, the selection choices for a typical keyed lock are a bit limited. In addition to the standard deadbolt, there's also a double-cylinder deadbolt lock that requires the use of a key on the inside as well as outside.


Keyed locks offer a certain level of physical security that keyless locks lack. While it's easy to have keys duplicated, it's even easier to pass a code for a particular door around to unauthorized persons. In an attempt to remember their door codes, some employees may write it down on a post-it note or a piece of paper, further compromising the enhanced security that a keyless lock offers. However, with a lost or compromised key code, you can easily change those codes without replacing the entire lock mechanism.

On the other hand, a conventional keyed lock can easily be picked with the right lock-picking tools or bumped open by someone with a bump key. However, there are locks available that are designed to be virtually unpickable. These include a lock with a unique flexible key that winds its way through the serpentine lock tumbler, thus foiling most, if not all, lockpicking attempts.


Have you ever seen someone thumb through a ring full of keys? Finding the right key for the right lock takes time and that time can add up over the course of a year. If someone loses that key, it either has to be re-cut by an experienced locksmith or the entire lock has to be replaced.

A keyless door lock allows employees to dispense with their key rings in favor of a simple digital code that takes only seconds to punch in. This helps speed up ingress and egress, maximizing overall employee productivity while enhancing security at the same time.


Angie's List notes that an average keyless lock costs between $150 and $250. This stands in stark contrast to a traditional keyed deadbolt lock, which can cost upwards to $50 to purchase. Upgrading your company's current locks to keyless locks could be a costly venture, depending on the quality and type of keyless locks purchased.

Not only is it important to factor the cost of purchasing your new locks, but also the costs of installation. According to CostHelper, the average locksmith may charge upwards to $100 as a minimum fee and a labor charge of up to $30 just to install your new locks. These costs may vary depending on the size of your business and number of doors to be secured with your new locks. 

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