Not sure what type of door lock you have? We can help. When choosing locks for your home, it’s important to get the right lock fitted. Choosing the right lock is not only important for your home security but you also need to check you’ve got the right locks for your home insurance.
This handy guide will show you what type of lock you have and discuss which locks and cylinders are highest rated for your home or business premise.
Types of Door Locks
1. Multi-Point Locking System
Multi-Point locks have become most popular in the UK, often found on front door lock or back door locks. The lock itself is usually externally key operated meaning you have to insert a key and turn to use the lock. When the lock is turned shut, multiple bolts will insert into the doorframe often three, four or five points.
Multipoint locks generally include a deadbolt and a latch making them a popular choice for security and safety however your lock is only as strong as the type of cylinder you have.
Multi-Point locks cost between £15-£30. The price is dependant on brand of lock and if it’s for a front or back door.
2. 5-Lever Mortice Lock
The standard deadlock, often considered the most secure type of lock for your front and back door. A five lever mortice lock will often show the British standard kite symbol on which conforms with BS3621.
You will normally find this fitted to wooden doors and is locked on both the inside and out with a key. These locks are normally fitted in the doors material and not just surface level. You also won’t find these on uPVC doors.
Mortice locks cost between £15-£35 depending on the brand.
3. Nightlatch Lock
Nightlatches are a type of front and back door lock, most commonly found on flats and sometimes found as a secondary lock for security. The deadlatch (nightlatch) is fitted on the inside of the door, with the key locking cylinder found on the outside of the door. A nightlatch can sometimes be set to “autolock” on close. Which is how a lot of people get locked out of their home.
Nightlatches are also referred to as Yale Locks, and offer simple security as they are simple to use and offer quick security should you need to lock your door in a hurry or can auto lock on your way out which ensures you don’t leave your doors unlocked while you’re out. For extra security get a double locking nightlatch that is built to BS3621 Standards
Nightlatch cost’s range from £12-£40 depending on the brand, quality and function.
Other Factors in Lock Performance
It’s important to remember having a good lock by a reputable lock brand is only 1 part of the lock puzzle. Another important component of lock security and strength is the cylinder inside. The cylinder is one of the most important parts to home security. Cylinders usually have ratings ranging from standard (which often isn’t accepted by home insurers) to 3 stars which is the most secured and preferred by most home insurers.
Make sure that you choose the brand that is the best fit for you. You can also read lock buying guide if you are looking for more information around locks. If you need professional help you can call our locksmiths in Northern Ireland who offer free advice.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best brand of door lock?
Brand choice is personal opinion and yours to choose, it would be recommended to check that the lock meets minimum standards for your home insurance and complies with British Standards.
Remember to always check the kite mark on the cylinder to see if it’s British Standard approved.
2. Do I need two locks on my doors?
Two locks on your door will naturally improve the security and protection on your home however is most commonly only found on wooden doors.
For uPVC doors it’s recommended to choose a lock that is highly rated 3-star kite British Standard approved.
3. What is the best type of lock for a front door?
Depending on your door it’s really personal preference, there are some things however which will have an impact on the type of lock you should have as well as the building you are in.
uPVC doors have different requirements to wooden doors. Apartments and hotels have different escape requirements in event of emergencies eg. fires and need a lock suitable for quick exit.
You should ensure you’re choosing a reliable local locksmith who can ensure you get the best lock for your situation.
4. What type of lock is on a wooden door?
On wooden doors you will normally find night latches, mortice locks or sash locks.
It is recommended you have at least one lock that complies and meets the requirements of BS3621. For example if you have an untested night latch, ensure it’s supported by a secondary lock that is both tested and complies to the minimum standards.
5. What type of lock is on a uPVC or composite door?
Most commonly found on uPVC doors is a multipoint lock.
These locks are largely dependant on the cylinder for their safety. If you’re worried about security you should consider getting a diamond approved or 3-star cylinder for your euro cylinder lock.
6. How much does a door lock cost?
The actual cost of the door lock can range from £15-£80+. This depends on the lock type, cylinder and brand.
If you’re worried about costs you can read our locksmith guide which takes you through what to consider and prices for a locksmith.