Fresh Installation

Looking to add a door knob or deadbolt onto a new door? Advanced Lock and Key in Cleveland can get you sorted in no time.

Let’s take a look at what the installation process entails and what you should know about choosing the right hardware for your new door.

What is a fresh installation?

When you install a brand new door in your home or commercial space, it usually won’t have any holes for the lock. That’s so that you can decide what kind of lock is right for your security needs.

A fresh or new lock installation, then, requires the locksmith to cut the holes in the door. These new installations can be done on wood, metal, and even glass doors.

Fresh installations also refer to doors that may have a hole for the doorknob but need an extra hole cut for a deadbolt or upgraded lock.

Lock types and door materials

Choosing the right type of door and lock combo is essential for the security of your space. Installing a heavy duty lock on a lightweight door, for instance, can encourage potential intruders to simply break the door. Likewise, installing a low security door knob on a durable metal door will leave you with a huge security vulnerability.

That’s why it’s so useful to talk to a trained locksmith to help you with your fresh installation. We know how to match the right level of door lock security with the door material. Here are a just a few of the different locks we commonly use for fresh installations:

Mortise Locks

The pros of mortise locks is that they’re durable, long-lasting, and highly secure. These locks are housed within a large cavity of the door so that lock-picking and brute force is less effective. This makes them ideal for entry doors such as the front and back doors of your home.

The biggest con of mortise locks is that they take up more space within the door. They are also too large to be installed in every door, so it’s important to talk to your locksmith about whether your door can house a mortise lock before buying one.

Another thing to be mindful of is that there is no standard size for mortise locks. That means that even though you hire a locksmith for a fresh installation now, if you want to change the mortise lock in the future, you may have to cut a new hole.


Deadbolts are another very common form of fresh installation that we provide here at Advanced Lock and Key. For most doors, this is a fairly straight-forward and easy installation.

Smart Locks

Smart locks come in many sizes and styles, but the good news is, they can be installed in virtually every type of door. Make sure that when you purchase your smart lock, you look into what kind of setting it’s intended for. That’s because a commercial style smart lock may require a more heavy-duty door than a residential lock.

Hole cutting

Once you’ve found the right lock type for your door, it’s time for us to drill the holes and install the lock. Some of this is done with the use of power drills and you’ll also see us use traditional tools like a chisel and mallet.

The process for a fresh installation includes:

  • Measuring the placement. During this phase, we’ll mark the preferred height of the door knob or deadbolt from the floor as well as the distance from the edge of the door to the latch or knob, i.e. the backset. These are standardized measurements that ensure security and accessibility.
  • Face bore drilling. The face bore is the hole that will be cut on the surface of the door to house the knob, lever, or bolt.
  • Edge bore drilling. The edge bore is the hole that is cut on the edge of the door. It will intersect with the face bore.
  • Latch plate chiseling. Next, our locksmith will measure and chisel out a small housing for the latch plate. We’ll make sure that the housing is deep enough for the door to close and open smoothly when the latch plate is in place.
  • Lock installation and assembly. With all of the holes and housing cut neatly into the door, we can install the lock. During this part of the process, we’ll assemble the lock as needed and make sure that all screws are tight.
  • Strike plate installation. Finally, it’s time to measure, drill and install the strike plate on the door frame. This is done by aligning the strike plate with the latch plate, chiseling out an appropriate mortise for the latch, and drilling the strike plate to the frame.

Ready for a fresh installation for your new or existing doors?

Maybe you need a deadbolt added to your home in Tremont or you ordered a brand new door for your Downtown office. No matter what your needs, Advanced Lock and Key in Cleveland is happy to help you with your fresh installation.

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16:00 11 Jun 23
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18:12 29 Apr 23
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14:41 29 Apr 23
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03:59 21 Apr 23
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01:02 27 Jan 23
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18:43 23 Jan 23
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16:40 18 Dec 22
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00:03 30 Oct 22
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17:36 04 Sep 21
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