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Front Door Locks

Front Door Locks

Locks for front doors (and back doors for that matter) come in a range of different shapes and sizes - so to speak.  We stock all the common types of front door locks, as well as some less popular. Among the most popular for front doors (and just about any doors you'll see on houses) are Sashlocks, Deadlocks and Rim Locks.

What is a sashlock?

Sashlocks offer a latch and deadbolt, so handles are required to open the door, and you can optionally lock the door via key.  These are amongst the most popular door locks, because they hold the door closed on the latch rather than requiring them to be locked just to hold the door closed.

What is a deadlock?

Deadlocks offer no latch or handle facility, and are purely designed to lock or unlock a door via key.  These are popular as a double-security solution, where you may have a sashlock in the centre, and then a deadlocks near to the top and bottom of the door for a really effective security solution.  But sometimes a deadlock is perfect on its own - particularly on doors where you don't want them left on the latch, and require people to keep them locked at all times.

What is a Rim Lock?

Rimlocks - these are surface-mounted door locks such as the common "Yale Lock" and older style surface-mounted sash and dead locks for use with door knobs. 

While surface-mount sashlocks and deadlocks aren't popular these days, the nightlatch ("Yale lock") still holds its place - these are effectively just a latch which requires a key from outside to retract in order to unlock the door.  We were all familiar with these growing up, as most households had them on the front door - but as time has moved on, so has the complexity of features, and now you have deadlocking and auto-deadlocking solutions, and also BS3621 nightlatches now which is just fantastic.


Bear in mind that many insurance companies will have a requirement for you to have British Standard door locks on your front door, and we have a range of locks that meet these requirements. To find out more about what the standards are and what they mean, have a look at our popular help guide on BS3621.


Insurance Approved Door Locks

Insurance Approved Door Locks

In many cases, your insurance company may require you fit a BS3621 British standard lock.  This is because they have been designed and tested to meet the minimum security standards set out by the..

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Standard Front Door Locks (Sash Lock)

Standard Front Door Locks (Sash Lock)

These front door locks have a latch as well as a deadbolt, which means a key is required to lock and unlock the door, and use of handles is required to then open the door.  This should be the pre..

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Front Door Dead Locks

Front Door Dead Locks

Mortice Dead Locks can only be operated with a key. Dead Locks have a single bolt that secures into the door and offers extra strength.  There is no latch, therefore handles aren't required to re..

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Rim Door Locks

Rim Door Locks

A 'rim lock' commonly referred to as a 'yale lock' is a locking device that attaches to the surface of a door. Most Rimlocks used today on external door are nightlatches. Please be aware not all Rim N..

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uPVC Door Locks

uPVC Door Locks

The type of lock fitted to a uPVC plastic door is usually a Multipoint lock. They comprise of a central locking mechanism and long strips that feature additional locking devices such as hooks or rolle..

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Door Cylinders

Door Cylinders

Sometimes when a lock fails, It's not always necessary to replace the entire locking mechanism. If you have a cylinder lock case it may be that the cylinder is no longer working correctly, whilst the..

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Front Door Locking Knobset

Front Door Locking Knobset

Locking Knob sets are locks where the lock and 'handle' are integral to each other in the form of a door knob with a lock contained within. This type of lock was more common place in the 1970s but has..

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