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What are the best door locks?

Sunday, 21 June 2020

What are the best door locks?

There is no denying that over the past few months there has been a lot of uncertainty as COVID-19 takes its toll on the country – whether it be adapting to working from home (WFH) or finding something meaningful to do whilst furloughed. But, as many people are planning a safe return to work (following government advice and social distancing guidelines), you may be worried about leaving your home after spending so much time there.

Our best advice? Make sure you’re always locking up at bedtime, never leave any windows open and don’t leave your car keys within easy reach of the door. If you want to take one step further in securing your property, we suggest investing in new door locks.

With so many different door locks available today, including big names, such as ERA, Legge and Yale, knowing which to go for can be easier said than done. But rest assured, LockShop Direct can help.

In today’s blog, we’re looking at three of the best door locks on the market. This way, you should have a better idea of which locks are right for you. So, let’s get started.

Mortice locks

Mortice locks are fitted into the edge of a door and can only be opened using a key. There are two types of mortice locks: mortice deadlock and mortice sashlock.

A deadlock is a type of door lock that comes with a bolt and keyhole whilst sashlocks have a bolt, keyhole and built-in latch that helps to keep the door closed.

Here at LockShop Direct, we have an extensive range of mortice door locks to choose from, including a choice of lever mechanisms (i.e. 2-lever, 3-lever, 4-lever and 5-lever). As a general rule of thumb, the higher the lever mechanism number, the more secure it is.

The Home Office recommends a 5-lever mortice lock, paired with a cylinder rim lock for extra security for external doors. Lower lever mechanisms, however, are better-suited to internal doors.

Rim locks

Rim locks are an excellent choice for adding charm and elegance to your door. They are a decorative type of lock.

Owing to their design, rim locks are unable to provide complete security, so are rarely used as a solitary lock on the main exterior door. These door locks are often employed as a secondary security measure for external doors or as a primary security solution for bathrooms, toilets and bedrooms.

Rim locks fit to the side of doors and can be split into two categories:

  • Nightlatches
  • Rim deadlocks

Nightlatches are simple. They lock the door automatically by using a spring-loaded device and can be opened using a snib and turn handle which, in turn, holds the latch back. Rim deadlocks also lock automatically but require a key to open the door from both inside and outside.

At LockShop Direct, we are delighted to supply both types of rim locks and guarantee competitive pricing. However, if you’re looking for a little extra security for an external door, we’d suggest going for a rim deadlock.

Digital locks

Searching for door locks for your office, retail establishment or residential building? Be sure to take a look at our digital locks today.

These are high-tech gadgets used to safeguard assets and valuables in public environments. They are not only great for front entrances but can also be used to secure specific rooms within a building (i.e. a stock room, staff break room or locker room) – preventing unauthorised access.

One of the biggest benefits of digital door locks, or smart locks, is the distinct lack of keys. To operate, you simply need to know the correct PIN (which can be changed at any time to prevent security breaches) and makes it more convenient for larger workforces.

Take the next step towards securing your property

Here at LockShop Direct, we know just how important it is to feel safe at home – especially during these unprecedented times!

If you have any questions about the door locks we stock, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team is on hand from 8.30 am till 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday, and will gladly share their expertise. Simply call 0845 830 0832 or send an email to, and we’ll get back to you.

As well as investing in new door locks, we recommend installing a spyhole in your front door and a door chain too. We also stock several burglary deterrents which can prevent burglars from targeting your property and help you to feel safe.

Author: Richard Nash

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