Wooden Door Locks: Repair, Upgrades and Security
Wooden doors often come fitted with mortice locks which are key operated bolt locks, the size and brand of the lock will much depend on your door and the manufacturers choice. Not all locks that come fitted with the door will meet the British Standard BS3621 particularly if your door is old. To check if your lock meets the BS3621 then look for the kite mark on the face plate of the lock if you find the BS3621 mark then you are likely to be covered by your insurer however if you don’t see this then it will be worth calling out a locksmith to upgrade your locks or you may find that your insurance policy is invalid due to locks not meeting there requirements.
Why would you need to change your mortice lock?
There are a few reasons why you might want to upgrade the locks on your doors a few are as follows:
You have recently moved home and want the locks changing to ensure only you and those you trust have a copy of the key
You have checked your locks and they don’t meet the current BS3621 standard
You have a faulty lock, either caused by general wear and tear, or an attempted break in either way your locks will either need to be repaired or replaced, it’s a good idea to have a chat with your locksmith to figure out what is the best course of action.
Rim cylinders or you may know them by Yale locks are often used alongside mortice locks on wooden doors. These locks will lock automatically when the door shuts behind you which is good for security but not so good if you have forgot your keys! Its always good to have a reliable locksmith’s number ready in this situation!
If your door only has a Yale lock the it is a good idea to have a BS3621 mortice lock installed as well to help improve the overall security of your door.
The reasoning behind wanting your rim cylinder lock changed is much the same as that of the mortice lock, wear and tear, moved home or needs upgrading to meet BS3621.
There are ways in which you can improve the overall security of your wooden door here are a few of your options:
Another BS3621 deadlock – You can have another deadlock fitted to the bottom of your door for extra defence against intruders.
Yale Locks – if you don’t currently have a rim cylinder (Yale) lock fitted along side your mortice lock then getting one installed with go a long way to improving your front door security.
Bolts and Chains – This is a measure you can only use when in the property. By using the chain, it will restrict the door from opening past a certain point making it much harder for an intruder to gain entry to your property.
If you are having trouble with the locks on your wooden door or need help improving your home security then contact Dr Locks Ltd today – 01904 295 465