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Multipoint locking system – All you need to know

For the ultimate in door security, a multipoint locking system offers more than a standard deadbolt can. In this multipoint locking guide, we’ll look at the features and benefits of multipoint locking.

For the ultimate in door security, a multipoint locking system offers more than a standard deadbolt can. In this multipoint locking guide, we’ll look at the features and benefits of multipoint locking.

Whether you’ve just moved into a new property or you’re looking to upgrade your existing home’s level of security, keep reading to find out more about multipoint locking systems.

What is a multipoint locking system?

A multipoint locking system is a lock unit with several bolts positioned along the door frame. The various bolts lock at different points to provide a higher level of security for the door. You’ll typically find multipoint locking systems that lock the top, middle and bottom of the door simultaneously.

Multipoint locking is commonly found on most modern uPVC and composite doors, so many homes already have multipoint locking in place. A common sign that you have a multipoint locking system on your door is that you have to turn the handle upwards before locking the door.

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Benefits of multipoint locking systems

There are several great reasons to buy or upgrade your door to a multipoint locking system. Here are some of the benefits we think are essential to know.

1. Improved security

Multipoint locking system with 4 boltsThe main reason for installing a door multipoint locking system is to improve the level of security. Having multiple bolts in numerous locations on the door means that you typically have three times the level of security compared to a standard, single bolt lock.

2. Less wear and tear

With increased security comes the added benefit of reducing the amount of wear and tear. Due to there being multiple bolts in different locations, the door is well supported, and the weight of the door is spread out over several mechanisms. This, in turn, reduces the pressure on the hinges and the locks.

3. Better insurance options

Having multipoint locking gets you a thumbs up from insurance companies, thanks to the enhanced security for your home. If you have multipoint locking systems installed, you’ll potentially be offered better policies and/or pay a lower premium for your home insurance.

Common types of multipoint locking system

Nowadays, there’s a range of different multipoint locking systems available, particularly for entry doors, French doors, patio doors and sliding glass doors.

Yale multipoint locking system

With one of the most common household names when it comes to locks, Yale multipoint locking systems offer locks for doors made of a variety of materials, including aluminium, timber, uPVC and composite doors.

UPVC multipoint locking system

A uPVC multipoint locking system is one of the most common you’ll find, given that the vast majority of uPVC doors are now made with multipoint locking as a standard feature. If your home has a uPVC door with a single bolt lock, speak to a local locksmith about upgrading to a uPVC multipoint lock.

Wooden door multipoint locking system

Timber and other wooden door multipoint locking systems work similarly as uPVC and composite doors, only they’re not quite as common. When buying a new wooden door, you can specify that you want a multipoint locking system. Or, for existing doors in your home, upgrade and switch single bolt locks for multipoint locks.

French door multipoint locking system

As with uPVC doors, French door multipoint locking systems are also incredibly popular. For years French doors have been produced with multipoint locks installed to provide enhanced security.

Steel security door with multipoint locking system

If you’re looking for the highest level of door security, steel security doors are up there with the best of them. Often used in commercial buildings, a steel security door with a multipoint locking system can have up to 14+ individual bolts, giving it an incredible level of security.

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Hire a professional locksmith

So, you’ve decided it’s time to upgrade or change your home security, and you want to install a multipoint locking system? Great stuff. Now it’s time to get quotes and book the work with a local locksmith.

Multipoint locking on uPVC doorAs with all home improvement projects, we always recommend obtaining at least three quotes from different tradespeople in your area. You’ll want to shop around to make sure you’re paying a fair and competitive price for the work. And, thankfully, we’ve got a tool that makes finding multiple quotes super easy.

Our request a quote feature is perfect for getting quotes: you post details about the work you need doing, and we’ll send it out to local tradespeople in your area. Try it out – it’s quick and easy!


What is the best multipoint locking system?

The leading brands for multipoint locking systems include Yale, ERA, Union, ASEC, Chubb and Legge. For advice on the specific make and model of the best multipoint locking system for your home, speak to local locksmiths for their professional guidance.

You might be interested in reading our guide: How can I be sure my home locks are secure enough?

Can you get a patio door multipoint locking system?

You can indeed, in fact, most patio doors are now made with multipoint locking as a standard feature. If your patio door only has a single-bolt lock, speak to your local locksmiths to upgrade the lock and improve your home’s security.

Why is my multipoint lock not locking?

If you’re having trouble with your multipoint lock and it’s not locking, there could be many reasons for the issue, such as damage to the door frame, damage to the lock unit itself, wear and tear of the bolts. To get your lock fixed, get in touch with local locksmiths, and they’ll be able to provide you with a quote for the work and either repair or replace your multipoint locking system.

For uPVC doors, check out our guide to the cost of replacing uPVC door locks.

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