This article aims to introduce and help you to identify the types of locks that are fitted in your home. Knowing your lock types can be helpful for several reasons. Firstly, if your lock needs fixing or replacing, it can be useful to know what lock type you require before contacting your local locksmith, as this will speed up the process. As well as this, often home insurance policies require you to know what type of locks are installed in your home.
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To begin identifying your door lock type, it can be helpful to:
Mortice locks are one of the most common types of lock fitted. They are most often used on front and wooden doors, but can also include sliding door locks and bathroom door locks. Mortice locks refer to locks that are fitted into the edge of the door, they are installed into a cutout in the door known as the mortice. There are different variants of mortice lock, including mortice deadlock and mortice sashlock. A mortice deadlock is usually used on front doors alongside a nightlatch.
With a mortice deadlock it is possible to lock the door from both the inside and outside, adding a greater level of security. Both sashlocks and deadlocks use a deadbolt to lock. However, mortice sashlocks do not require a key to lock and open the door, but it is recommended that a key is used to secure the property when it is vacant. With the sashlock variant, there are different security levels available, with 5 lever being the highest level of security.