Are you unsatisfied with the current levels of security for your house or commercial establishment? Or are you moving into a new place and want to take every measure to secure your house? Whatever the reason may be, choosing the right kind of locks or doors can be overwhelming due to the sheer variety available. If you are clueless about where to start, don’t worry. Whether you are looking for lock change, lock replacement, lock fixing, or a new lock installation, Key4Freedom is here to help.
Following is a list of some of the best kinds of locks and doors available.
What are the best kinds of locks? Even if it’s of the same kind, a lock can have different qualities and features and some are more recommended than others as the choice depends upon your requirements.
What image comes to mind when you think of a lock? Chances are, it’s a padlock. They’re easily one of the most recognizable locks. And we can see why. They’re multi-purpose, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Besides this, they’re the only kind of locks that are portable. Two kinds of padlocks are most popular: keyed and combination. As the names suggest, the former requires a key to unlock whereas the latter requires a combination code.
A rim latch or a rim lock is another popular kind, mostly installed in apartment complexes. Perfect for auto-locking the door behind you as you enter or leave, it has a latch mounted on one end of the door and a rim cylinder on the other end. The rim cylinder can be standard or customized according to your needs.
Pro-tip: Never rely on a rim lock alone for your main door. They’re not designed to take a lot of force. It’s always better to pair a rim lock with other locks.
Although the rim and mortise locks can be grouped together due to certain similarities, they are two different types. And the difference lies in the kind of hardware on which they are used. Whereas rim locks are mounted on both ends of the doors connected by a single piece of metal that runs through the door, the mortise locks are screwed on a specifically-designed mortise hardware which is mounted on the inside of the door. They can have a sprung latch, deadbolt, and a lever handle.
Also known as European locks or Euro cylinder locks, they’re installed mainly on the UPVC door. Euro locks come in various shapes and sizes and consist of a cylinder connecting the two ends of the lock.
If you step into your house with a bag of groceries in your hands and want to slam the door shut, a night latch might be perfect for you. Perhaps this is why they’re known as ‘slam locks’. The slam lock function secures the door right away.
Pro-tip: Pair the night latches, or Yale locks as they’re commonly known, with a deadbolt to maximise security.
Kinds of doors
Doors can be classified according to their material or functionality. The following kinds are what most people go for.
Made of un-plasticised polyvinyl chloride, UPVC doors are the most reliable kinds of doors available. They are strong, resilient, and safe from any kind of rust or corrosion. Other benefits include fire resistance and insulation.
There are many reasons why wooden doors are one of the most popular kinds of doors out there. They’re relatively cheap and can be easily manufactured by the local carpenters. Although timber is the most common kind of wood utilized, they can be made out of any locally available wood.
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