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3 Different Types of Front Door Locks

01/06/2018 A multi-point front door lock.

There are a variety of different locks on the market, all with the same purpose – to provide adequate security to your property. Despite this wide range of locks, many people don’t know the difference between the locks and their varying mechanisms. We deal with locks on a day-to-day basis, working with the many different products out there. These are the three most common:

Dead Bolt Locks

Dead bolt locks are locking mechanisms that are opened by turning a door knob or key without the action of a spring. They can usually only be opened through a key and tend to be extremely resistant to forced entry, making them a good choice for your home. Once the key is turned in the lock, a strong metal bolt will come across into the socket in the door frame and keep it shut. You can’t accidentally lock yourself out as you need to have the key on you to activate the deadbolt.

Yale Locks

A Yale front door lock.

Yale locks commonly feature a cylinder and are also referred to as pin tumbler locks. They require a key to open them and use pins of varying lengths to prevent the lock from opening without the correct key. Yale Locks were first founded in 1868 in Connecticut and they are commonly used in front doors here in the UK. You will know if your door’s locks are manufactured by Yale as their products are branded with the name of the business.  

Multi-Point Locks

Although they are available in a variety of different designs, multi-point locks generally include a centrally located deadbolt and a latch. They also feature at least two hook bolts and sometimes even compression bolts. The bolts are operated by lifting the door handle from either side of the door and are locked in place by the turn of a key. 

Our Services 

We deal with all of these types of locks on a regular basis. Problems regularly occur with all types of locks. Constant use and exposure to the elements two factors that can lead to problems with these locks. If you do have any issues with your lock, we will always do our best to repair the lock, rather than replace it. We can also update your locks if you are concerned with the security of your property and advise you on the best security measures to take. 

Experiencing issues with your front door lock? We can help, call us on 01603 812613 or email us on

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