TYPES OF DOOR LOCKS
There are various types of locks designed for doors, each offering different levels of security and functionality. Here are some common types of door locks:
- Knob Lock: Commonly found on residential doors, knob locks are integrated into the door handle. They are often used in conjunction with deadbolts for added security.
- Lever Handle Lock: Similar to knob locks but with a lever-shaped handle. They are often used in commercial settings and are compliant with accessibility standards.
- Mortise Lock: Mortise locks are installed within the door, requiring a pocket (mortise) to be cut into the door. They are known for their durability and are often used in commercial buildings.
- Cam Lock: Typically used in cabinets and drawers, cam locks are cylindrical locks that secure with a simple turn of a key or tool.
- Padlock: Not directly integrated into the door but can be used in combination with hasps and staples or other fittings to secure doors or gates.
- Smart Lock: Utilizes electronic or smart technology for keyless entry. Smart locks can be operated using smartphones, key fobs, or key codes and often offer features like remote access and integration with smart home systems.
- Combination Lock: Typically found on safes and some doors, combination locks require the input of a specific numeric code to open.
- Keyless Entry Lock: Offers keyless access through methods such as PIN codes, fingerprint recognition, or electronic key cards.
- Euro Cylinder Lock: Common in European countries, these locks use a cylinder mechanism and are often found in uPVC and composite doors.
- Jimmy Proof Deadlock: A surface-mounted lock that is more secure than a regular rim lock, often used in double doors.
- Key in Knob (KIK) Cylinder: A type of lock cylinder that fits into the knob or lever handle and is often found in commercial and residential settings.
- Rim Lock: Mounted on the surface of the door, rim locks are often used in addition to deadbolts for extra security.
- Deadbolt Lock : one of the most secure types of locks, a deadbolt extends a solid metal bolt into the door jamb, making it resistant to forced entry.
The choice of lock depends on factors such as type of door, the level of security required, an personal preferences. For optimal security, its common to use a combination of different locks, such as a deadbolt in conjunction with another type of lock.