As a business we see, supply and fit many different types of locks ad locking mechanisms. Most are common products you would see on almost any home. Others are specially made or adapted for a specific function or location. On occasion we are asked to strip antique locks and restore the lock. The following is a short guide to the types of locks found to help you choose the lock for you.
NIGHT LATCHES are fitted to the inside of the door and use a rim cylinder to connect the mechanism to the outside world. The most commonly found version has the advantage of locking the door without the use of a key. The lock can also come with a number of different special features (depending on quality) including lockable handle. The lock is most commonly found in satin and polished brass. The lock pictured left conforms to BS3621
COMMONLY FOUND – Timber doors.
COMMON BRANDS – Yale, ERA, Asec. Stirling.
MORTICE LOCKS with handles are known as “sash” locks and those without are known as “dead” locks. They feature two sizes (relating to the case depth), 2.5 inch and 3 inch. This type of lock is very versatile, some can accommodate ether a Euro profile or Oval cylinder. Others operate using a common mortise key with levers. The lock is most commonly found in a Brass or Chrome finish.
COMMONLY FOUND – Timber doors.
COMMON BRANDS – ASSA, YALE, ERA, Asec, Chubb, Union, Briton, Legg, CISA, Aldridge, Walsall
MULTI POINT LOCKS are now one of the most common locks on the market and are found on nearly all newly built homes and residential developments. Some can utlise Euro or Oval Cylinders while others are battery powered and open with a fob. The major problem with this type of lock is the vast number of brands on the market, this can make identification, repair and replacement hard.
COMMONLY FOUND – UVPC (plastic) doors and windows, Composit doors
COMMON BRANDS – ERA, Yale, ASSA Abloy.
DIGITAL CODE LOCKS (as the name sugests) use a code rather than a key to oporate. Like most locks they come in a range of qualites according to where used and how oftern it is used. It is important to use a compitant locksmith to change the code because if it is done incorrectly the lock will not function when refitted and may be damaged beyond repair.
COMMONLY FOUND – Various locations including timber doors and gates
COMMON BRANDS – Borg, Arrone, Stirling, Bravex
PAD LOCKS come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, colours and quality’s. As stated earlier some can accommodate cylinders while others use combinations or Keys. Padlocks have almost limitless applications from simple small padlocks for lockers and sheds to large heavy duty padlocks used with heavy duty chains or hasp and staples
COMMONLY FOUND – Various locations including Sheds, Gates and lockers.
COMMON BRANDS – ASSA, Abloy, Master, Federal, Squire, IFAM, Ingersoll, ABUS, Yale, Stanley, H&S, Cisa and Oria
ELECTRONIC DOOR REALISES are fitted to the frame of a door set and are opened using a exit button or green break glass unit (in case of fire or emergency) from the inside of a buliding, and opened from the outside using a key fob, code or phone. Door releases are very common in areas of heavy traffic including office blocks and apartment buildings.
COMMONLY FOUND – Timber, Plastic, Composite, Aluminium.
COMMON BRANDS – CDVI, Adams rite, ZOTER, OBO, Gem, Trimec
MAGNETIC LOCKS can be found at the edge or top of the door and use magnetic force to hold the door closed. Like Electronic door realises they are operated by a release button or green break glass (in an event of an emergency) from the inside, or with a fob, code or entry phone from the outside. MAGNETS advantage is they are very resilient to vandalism.
COMMONLY FOUND – Aluminium entrance doors
OTHER LOCKS we fit include CAM LOCKS that can be found on everything from lockers to communal information boards. We also fit VAN LOCKS produced by Viro. The locks are designed to prevent commercial van doors broken into. We are also able to repair, replace and change codes or combinations on safes. For more information on our safe service please visit our safe page.