Locks come in all shapes and sizes. When picking the ones you want installed around the house, it's important to have a good idea of the basics and to know how each lock should be used. Here are 4 commonly used and widely available designs of lock, with explanations for how each can be utilised.
Padlocks are as much a deterrent as they are user friendly. They are the symbol of high security and lock simplicity. They can be moved easily from container to container as long as they are a fit and require extremely powerful equipment to force open. These are great for outhouses, sheds, storage chests and cabinets.
Deadbolts are reinforced secondary locks that feature a very thick bolt that is often made from solid steel. They add a layer of defence that is very hard to bypass without the use of extreme power tools and should be added to your front and back doors.
Knob locks are commonly used for interior doors. They are not typically as robust as many other forms of lock but are practical and widely available. As they can be easily replaced, they are popular for house shares and on doors that will likely need lock changes over and over in the near future.
If you have UPVC doors, they will likely feature locks that incorporate euro profile cylinders. These are usually housed in the handle of the door or window. They have multiple lock points which can degrade over time if used vigorously. If you are not happy with the inbuilt locks on your UPVC doors, they can be changed and upgraded. Installing locks that are new and improved can mean smoother turning, a longer lasting cylinder and stronger handle.
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