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JAN 21, 2016

Different types of locks for your home and office

There a number of different locks that you can use for your home or office to maximise security. Here’s a list of some of the most common options, and why they might be the right choice for you.

Knob locks

This is by far one of the most common types of door locks. Knob locks can be used on all kinds of doors around your house and office, from your bedroom door or office door, to the garage doors or patio doors.

They work by having knobs on both sides; one side has a lock and the other side has a keyhole which you’d use to unlock the door.

Whilst they’re the most common lock, they can be easily broken with a hammer or similar down to the fact that the locking mechanism is inside the knob. This means it shouldn’t be used as the main lock for your front door.

Mortise locks

Consisting of a flat, rectangular box that fits into the door, the mortise lock is used on many types of doors, including heavy entrance doors to apartment buildings and residential doors. It has two faceplates that include the knobs and the keyholes, and the latch works from either side of the door, except when the outside knob is locked.

Lever-handle locks

Another type of lock that’s common but not recommended for the main lock at your front door is the level-handle lock. These handled locks are more common for interior doors and have the benefit of looking rather stylish and being easy to use.

Although you may not need to lock your interior doors so much, level-handle locks work by pushing or twisting a button on the face of the door handle and don’t require a key.

Deadbolt locks

Deadbolt locks are the most secure and cost-effective type of locks, and are the ones that are most commonly used for locking the front door. Deadbolts work by using a metal bold that slides into the door jam, usually controlled by a latch that moves as you turn the key.

There are a few different types of deadbolts, including: 

• Single

• Double

• Lockable thumbturn

They all have different purposes and benefits for various door and locking systems.

Created on 21st January 2016
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