Mortice Locks

Summary

Mortice sashlocks and deadbolts are one of the most common type of locks. A mortice lock requires a key to both lock and open it. Your home insurer may ask that it complies with British Standard BS3621. 

Info

  • Can be found fitted to external and internal doors.
  • Check for the British Standard Kitemark symbol
  • Check your lock is at least a 5 lever 

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Cylinder Locks

Summary

Cylinder locks are most commonly found on uPVC doors. These lock types can be very vulnerable to lock snapping (a common technique used by burglars). Contact us today to evaluate your cylinder and advise if it's up to current standards.

Info

  • Can be found fitted to external and internal doors.
  • Suitable for uPVC, wood and composite doors.
  • Check for the British Standard Kitemark symbol.

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Nightlatches

Summary

In general, they come in two forms: standard nightlatches and deadlocking nightlatches. Most commonly found on wooden doors where a mortice lock is fitted as additional security. 

Info

  • Standard - locks the door automatically unless you use the snib to hold the latch back
  • Deadlocking - locks automatically and needs a key to open the door from inside and outside
  • Deadlocking latches are more secure
  • Consider these locks as extra security, they should not be the sole lock on the door

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Multi Point Lock

Summary

Multi Point Locks are now commonly used and are found mainly on uPVC and composite doors. A multi point lock has a minimum of three locking points that all lock simultaneously after usually lifting the handle and then turning the key to lock.

Info

  • Fitted on external doors, usually uPVC.
  • Minimum of three locking points
  • Can be found fitted to wooden doors.