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Types of locks for front doors

Making sure your home is fully secure should be a priority. We’ve put together a useful guide to help you choose the perfect lock and latch type for your front door

A guide to front door locks

There are lots of different types of door locks for your front door, all with different names. If you want to know the best and most secure type of lock to use for your main entrance, we’ve outlined some vital information below that you may find useful.

As well as front door locks, we also briefly cover the types of locks you might want to know about for your internal doors to offer an added level of privacy.

Front door locks

Here are some examples of front door locks:

1. 5 lever mortice deadlock

mortice lock

Commonly fitted to wooden front doors, a mortice deadlock is locked from the inside and outside with a key. They’re fitted within the door, not on the surface.

You can also get a 3 lever mortice deadlock. The only difference is that the 3 lever lock is less secure because it has less levers, which increases the risk of being able to duplicate the key.

2. Multi-Point Locking System

multi point locking system

Fitted into the body of a door, a multi-point locking system is a key operated lock system. When the lock is locked, multiple bolts will penetrate the door frame.

A multi-point locking system are commonly found on uPVC and composite doors. They can also be found on patio doors.

3. Rim lock/night latch

rim lock front door

A rim lock is one of the oldest types of locks to use for your front door. It’s a surface mounted box containing a deadbolt lock and latch.

They are easy to fit and are a great choice for older properties if you want an authentic looking lock for your front door.

4. Euro Cylinder Lock

euro cylinder lock

Euro cylinder locks are often found on uPVC and composite doors and are a common fixture for modern doors and homes.

A euro cylinder lock is used with a multi-locking system and can also be fitted to some mortice deadlocks on wooden doors.

5. Smart door locks

Perfect for a busy household, smart door locks are a great choice for people that are always on the go and prefer a more digitally connected home.

They work by replacing part of your existing locking system with a smart element that can unlock the door. This means you can unlock the door when you’re not even there!

Different types of doors will require a certain smart lock, so it’s important to do your research beforehand.

Door latch types

door latch types

Roller bolt latches

A roller bolt door latch is bolt mounted on a rolling track. When the door is closed, the bolt is pulled into the door frame so it can’t be opened from the outside.

Flat latches

This is a very simple latch. A flat latch is used to secure a door by latching it to the door frame. The latch plate is mounted on the door and the striker plate is mounted on the frame.

Tubular latches

A tubular latch is a spring-assisted closing device in a metal casing that is commonly used on internal doors. It allows a door to be held closed without locking.

Spring loaded latches

Spring latches are mechanical devices that are locked with a spring compression. This makes opening and closes the mechanism effortless.

Sliding latches

A sliding latch is self explanatory. It’s an easy fixing that uses a sliding movement to lock itself. They are often used for small panels or doors.

Hook and eye latches

Hook and eye latches, otherwise known as cabin hooks, are a convenient way to keep doors open. The hook attaches to the wall and the eye is attached to the door. These are perfect for internal doors.

Chain latches

Chain latches are fitted on the inside of a door to add an extra level of security. They allow you to open the door slightly to see who is there, but keeps potential intruders at bay. If you want to open the door, you just slide the chain off the latch and the door will open easily.

Swing bar latches

This is the perfect latch for swing-in doors, which allow people inside the room to open the door a little bit, providing privacy and security for homeowners. It is very similar to a chain latch, but is considered more secure.

Gravity latches

You will often see gravity latches on the inside of gates. They are self latching so when the wind blows or you purposefully close the door or gate, gravity will allow the latch to lock itself.

Indoor locks

If you’re wanting to lock internal doors, such as your bedroom or bathroom door, then you’ll need to look into locks that are suitable.

You can choose between either a knob lock or a level lock, whichever design you think best fits with the rest of your home.

Both designs are fitted so there’s a lock on the inside of the room which can either be pushed or twisted to unlock.

Of course they aren’t as secure as locks suited for front doors as they don’t need to be, but if you’d like a bit more privacy these types of locks could be worth looking into.

If you want help with your front door lock, you can hire a professional…

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