Mortice locks are the most commonly found locks throughout your home.
Although most locksets (combination of lock case, door handles and associated fittings) look very similar, with a bit of extra thought and careful selection, you can easily upgrade your home’s security by choosing the correct lockset for the different doors around your home.
Locksets are available in various configurations of lock case and door handle and it is important to be aware of both your lockset’s level of security and its weather resistance. Locksets are made with different types of materials, some are only suitable for indoor use, and others offer a much higher level of security and protection against corrosion making them ideal for your external doors, such as front and back entrances, and all other external doors which may be used as entry points to your home.
Below are a few tips to help you choose the right lockset for the next time you need to upgrade or replace your locks.
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1. Lock and door handle material
The material that both the lock and door handle is made of is important, especially if the lock is to be fitted on an external door. To ensure strength and durability of your lockset, you need to choose one that comprises of a pair of handles made of stainless steel or zinc, and a lock manufactured with a powder coated metal case and solid brass latch and deadbolts.
This ensures excellent durability in all weather conditions and better protection in the event of a forced entry. UNION locksets feature a lock with solid brass bolts and powder coated lock body, and zinc cast door handles, making these locksets ideal for coastal regions as well.
Not all locks are designed to offer the same level of security. The lock on your front door should always be of higher security compared to the lock on your bedroom door. This is due to the fact that external doors are the first entry points for intruders and therefore require a higher level of security while for internal doors, high security level locks may not be a necessity.
Lever locks vary in security and offer different number of key differs. The lower the lever, the fewer the key differs, which reduces the security of your lock. A 2-lever lock may be ideal for your internal doors such as the bathroom and bedroom doors, but you will need a high security-level lock for your front door, we recommend that this be a 4-or 5-lever or cylinder lock.
Unlike 2, 3 and 4 lever mortice locks that operate via an off-the-shelf pre-cut key, cylinder mortice locks use sawn or dimple keys, which cannot be simply purchased using a key reference number. Cylinder keys can only be duplicated by locksmiths and other key-cutters using specialised key cutting machines.
Yale offers cylinder locksets which are also equipped with high quality zinc door handles and powder coated lock cases with solid brass latch and dead bolts providing maximum security and exceptional weather resistance.
This makes this lockset not only suitable for your external doors but also in good shape to withstand any weather conditions it may be exposed to. In addition, by using a cylinder lock, you also have the opportunity to use keyed alike or master keyed cylinders, offering you the ultimate convenience of carrying less keys.
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Any product of high quality will often carry a warranty for a long period. This ensures you that the manufacturer of the product is confident in its quality and durability for a long lifespan. It is therefore encouraged to always choose a lockset that has a good warranty. A product of high quality will often carry a warranty of 5 years. UNION locksets carry a 5 year warranty, ensuring you of a good quality lock that will last.
There is so much to consider when deciding on security solutions for your home, therefore ensure that you are informed so you can choose the right lockset that will ensure the best security for your home.
To find out more please contact ASSA ABLOY on 011 761 5000 or email.