Types of Locks on the market
There are many types of locks for various doors on the market today. Below is a guide to the different types of locks available on the market today.
A Guide To The Different Types Of Locks Available on the Market
1. Mortice Lock
A mortice lock is fitted inside the door edge and frame to give a flush finish instead of being surface mounted. They are normally suited to work with wooden doors. Installing a mortice lock makes it difficult for intruders to force open, as most of the lock mechanism is secured with in the door and frame. There are a range of security levels available, Your home insurance policy may ask for your locks to comply with BS standard BS3621. A mortice lock can be fitted with a key to both lock and open it or with a thumbturn.
Nightlatches are fitted surface mounted on wooden and metal doors. There are a range of security levels available from a standard nightlatch to a deadlocking nightlatch complying with BS3621. Some Nightlatches can be used electronically which remotely releases the latch or deadbolt from the strike plate. Many Nightlatches allow for the user to change keys in case of lost keys, stolen keys, etc. by simply changing the lock barrel. We recommend that you have a deadlock fitted to work alongside a nightlatch as a nightlatch alone is not considered secure
3. Cylinders/ Barrels
Most homes in the UK today uses cylinders/ barrels on their locking devices, They are commonly found in UPVC patio doors, sliding doors, Front and rear UPVC, wooden and metal doors. Cylinders/ Barrels are available in a range of security levels and various types, Euro, oval or rim cylinder. Euro and oval cylinders are available in three varieties single cylinder, double cylinder and key and thumbturn cylinder. A single Euro or oval cylinder is half the size and uses a key on one side to actuate. A double Euro or oval cylinder, is available in many sizes equal or offset, and uses a key on both sides to actuate the locking device. Key and thumbturn cylinders are also available in many sizes equal or offset, however uses a key externally and a thumbturn internally to actuate the locking device. There are many more types of cylinders on the market today, For help choosing the right cylinder, ask one of our locksmiths for more information call us today on 020 8471 8667.
4. Multi-Point Locking System
Multi-point locking systems are commonly used externally on domestic front and back UPVC & Composite doors. A multi-point locking system has a minimum three locking positions which lock simultaneously with a turn of a key or thumb turn. The system is assembled in multiple parts allow for individual sections to be repaired or replaced during maintenance. Multi-point locks are generally operated by lifting a door handle lever to engage the locks deadbolt, hook bolts, cam rollers or pins, then locking it in place with the turn of a key. There are many different types of additional security which can be fitted to UPVC doors and windows. For assistance with choosing the right Multipoint locking system for you contact one of our professional experienced locksmiths on 020 8471 8667.
5. Electronic Locks
Keyless operated locks are available for Various types of doors wooden, metal, UPVC and composite they can supplement your existing locks or replace your front door lock. Keyless operated locks give you the freedom to open your doors via key card, key fob, pin codes or even with your smartphone, some smart locks let you track who's entering and leaving your property. Smart locks normally work on batteries lasting between six months to a year, smartphone alerts or flashing light let you know the batteries need replacing with some model having a key override. Have a professional locksmith install your smart lock to insure your keyless operated lock functions properly.
6. British Standard Kitemark, Insurance Approved Locks
The Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) and the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) launched a star rating system to guide homeowners when purchasing cylinders and security hardware. TS007 1* cylinders have been test against all known methods of forced entry, including picking and manipulation TS007 3* cylinders have been test against all known methods of forced entry including lock bumping and lock snapping. A one star rating cylinder can be used in conjunction with a TS007 2* rating security hardware e.g. British Standard Kitemarked handles or security escutcheons to achieve a TS007 3* rating.