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Different Types of Door Locks

When it comes to door locks, there are a number of different types to choose from. The types of products you choose will be entirely dependent on the door you need the lock for, whether it is an internal or external one and the level of protection you require on your property. Here we take a look at the different types of door locks:

  1. Mortice Lock

A Mortice lock is one of the commonest types of locks that can be used on doors. You need a key to open as well as lock it and it is a good option for screen doors and side doors to your home. It’s best to opt for a mortice lock that has at least five levers as this provides good security.

  1. Nightlatch

These are typically used as secondary locks and come in two types- deadlocking nightlatches and standard nightlatches. The standard ones will open automatically unless you actually use its snib to hold back the latch. The deadlocking variant will lock automatically and a key would be required to open the door from outside as well as inside. It important to use a primary lock on any door that also has a nightlatch.

  1. Multi-point locking system

These are typically used on UPVC doors and have at least three different locking points.  These points lock all at once with the turn of a key. They are ideal for patio doors, garage doors, and any other exterior setting.

  1. Cylinder Lock

A cylinder rock is quite commonly found on external doors in many homes. It is ideal for internal and external use and is very easy to install. However, it is important to get some other lock installed on the door as well. This is because cylinder locks are vulnerable to a technique referred to as lock snapping.

  1. Sliding Patio Door Locks

These locks are part of the patio door structure but don’t provide a sufficient amount of security. They can be easily lifted off the runners allowing access to burglars and thieves. It is a good idea to invest in key-operated patio door locks. They should be installed at the top and bottom of the door in addition to an anti-lift device.

  1. Key-Operated Security Bolt

This type of lock is commonly used on double doors, French doors and other exterior doors. These locks can be fitted on both the bottom and top of the doors or surface-mounted.

  1. Closed Shuttle Padlock

This type of lock is far more difficult to fidget with as its design prevents saws & bolt cutters being inserted into the lock. These locks can be used on garden gates, chains, and sheds.

  1. Open Shackle Padlock

This is a common a type of padlock that people use for securing lockers, gates, and sheds. In addition to these, you can also opt for locks’ such as:

  • Shutter padlocks
  • Straight shackle padlocks
  • Long shackle padlocks

While locks provide a good level of security, as mentioned earlier, it is a good idea to install digital locks proximity locks and other smart lock systems as well. For information on our excellent, customised locksmith services, feel free to call South West Locksmiths today or contact us via this Online Form.

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