One of the most important investments you will make in any building is your locks. They are the first point of security for the premises and it is worth purchasing decent ones in order to prevent unwanted visitors gaining access.
One size doesn’t fit all, however, and there are certain considerations that you need to make before installation.
What level of security do you need?
Locks are graded according to how secure they are. Generally speaking exterior doors need more secure locks than interior ones. For rooms such as bathrooms and bedrooms a “privacy lock” will usually suffice. This is a lock that has a push button or a manual control on the inside so that the person can temporarily lock the door when needed. You should also check if there are any fire safety or building management guidelines regarding what kinds of locks you can install. While no lock will ever be 100% secure fitting exterior doors with some form of deadbolt lock and strike plate can act as a serious deterrent to potential intruders
What kind of door is it?
Most standard wooden doors will accept a standard mortice or deadbolt lock but if you have PVC or aluminium doors they often have a multi-point locking system and are incompatible with this. If you have glass panels you will need to consider if an intruder could break these and open the door from the inside so usually for these a double deadbolt requiring a key to open it from both the inside and outside is necessary.
How many locks do I need on a door?
A standard lock setting is usually placed around halfway down the door but there is nothing to say that you can’t have additional locks. Adding locks to the top or bottom of the door can act as an extra deterrent to intruders.
Do I need a locksmith?
While you should be able to fit most standard locks yourself prior to choosing you locks it is no harm to consult a locksmith in order to ensure that you are making the right choices regarding security and ease of access.