What Types Of Locks Are Available?
What are the different types of locks?
Today, it’s not just about picking the perfect door, one that’s right for you. There’s also a number of locks to choose from to accompany these.
Whether for your home or your business it’s important to choose the right lock not only for the right door but also for your peace of mind when it comes to security.
Of course each lock comes with its own specifications and different brands promote different pros and cons. So to help, we’ve kept things simple.
We’ve put together a list of some of the most common types of locks available and some of their attributes.
Yale or Rim Cylinders
The Yale 1109 rim cylinder is one of the everyday locking solutions and probably one of the most recognisable locks. The lock mainly acts as a night latch and provides a standard level of security.
These Yale rim cylinders are mainly found on apartment and condominium doors and can also be designed for commercial exit and panic devices as it provides key access from one side of the door only.
These locks are accompanied by a deadlock to reinforce the bottom half of the door.
A Mortise lock in its simplest form, is a lock which needs a pocket to be cut into the door, which is where the lock will then be fitted.
Widely used in domestic properties across the UK and mainly on wooden doors. You have a choice when it comes to mortise locks of either a sashlock or a deadlock.
Sashlocks are a lock as well as a latch. They provide the most secure locking mechanism when it comes to entrance doors to offices, homes, shops etc. The lock is easy to use and can be opened from either side using keys. The latch element can also be opened from either side by use of a pair of handles.
There are a number of different types of sashlocks. The most common however is the 5 lever sashlock. The number 5 simply relates to the number of levers inside the case and with 5 lever locks most will be insurance approved and BS 3621 compliant. As well as police standards approved.
Of course there are 3 lever locks available at a much cheaper cost, but it would be our recommendation that this type of lock would be used on internal store cupboards or sheds and outbuildings etc. As they wouldn’t realistically be secure enough for a main door and as security is of paramount importance it’s certainly not worth the risk!
A Mortice deadlock, very simply just has the lock. Again can be opened from both sides with the keys supplied. Deadlocks however, are more suitable for swing doors in corridors and entrances. If you think of deadlocks almost as a secondary lock on any door.
Both sashlocks and deadlocks are fitted with a steel outer casing to help protect them from side drilling and reinforcing that extra level of security.
UPVC door locks
For UPVC the locks that are used are euro cylinders (some composite and aluminium doors use these too). These types of locks are often used in commercial as well as residential properties.
However, with these particular locks, lock snapping is a common term used by burglars to break into a property. To combat this it’s important to choose a good euro cylinder your local locksmith will be able to recommend the most secure for your property. But as a rule of thumb we would always look to make sure the lock is of a 3 star kitemark standard at a minimum.
Of course at Tyne Tees Locksmiths we’ll also make sure that all of our locks are fitted correctly. As when it comes to the euro cylinders it’s important to make sure that there is no external overhang and the right size cylinder is fitted!
Whichever lock you decide to choose, remember that any lock is only as good as the door/frame it is fitted to. As well as, as the good locksmith fitting it.