This information will give you what you need to know as a consumer about the cost of the locks that you purchase so you will not get over charged or mislead.
In New York we most commonly see two or three lock types although there are exceptions. We come across Mortise Locks, Deadbolts, Door Knobs and Jimmy Proof Locks. This will be what we see on the average house or apartment and they range in quality and security from standard to high security. The locks that we will discuss are brands makes and models that we will see in Brooklyn, NY and the five boroughs
The bottom lock in many apartment buildings will be the Mortise Lock and there are many types. We will focus on the Marks series A and Series B and the imported brand such as Max Tech.
The Marks or Max Tech Series A or B is the most common mortise locks. They come with knobs cover plates and a cylinder. Series A has detachable knobs and uses a spindle with the knobs.
Series B Marks or Max Tech, Mortise locks come with knobs that are attached two percussion plates that are attached on the inner and exterior of the door. They do not detach and they are a preference for many reasons, simplicity being first and foremost and the fact that you will never have a doorknob issue are great factors when dealing with these locks.
The cost of these locks vary amongst the two brands The marks ranging from $55.00 to $75 depending on where the lock is purchased and the Max Tech costing $26 to $31.00. This is the locksmith’s cost as a wholesaler and as a rule of thumb you can expect to pay about double the price without installation.
Mortise Cylinders vary in cost ranging from $5.00 to 55 dollars wholesale cost. These cylinders are being sold to the public for hundreds of dollars.
Deadbolts are starting at $6.00 for imported Max Tech locks and can range in price depending on brand the most expensive being $110 from multi lock and it is high security. The average commercial deadbolt costs the locksmith for a brand like Arrow $30.
Jimmy Proof Locks cost $21.00 but installed many locksmiths are collecting upwards of $300. This is because of installation and a mark up on the lock.
Doorknobs start at $6.00 and they look like a million bucks. They come in nice packaging and can be as expensive as $100 plus for high security.
These costs are what a Locksmith in Brooklyn will pay for the locks through a wholesaler and as a rule of thumb a stress once again that you can expect to pay at a minimum, double the price.