When to Change Wooden Door Locks

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There are a number of different wooden door locks available but if you have a wooden door then it is likely that you have a mortice lock fitted as this is what the manufacturers tend to use. They come in a range of different sizes and brands so the lock you have will much depend on the manufacturer’s preference. Unfortunately, not all locks that come supplied with wooden doors, particularly older doors, will meet the current British Standard BS3621. To find out if the lock you have on your wooden door meets BS3621 then you need to check the lock for the kite mark that should be displayed on the face plate of the lock.     If your lock does not display the kite mark then it would be worth calling out your local locksmith to come and upgrades the locks as soon as possible, this is not only to ensure that your home is better secured but also you may find that having substandard locks can mean your current insurance policy is invalid and you may not be entitled to make any claims!

When To Change A Mortice Lock?

Below we have listed just a few of the reasons why your mortice lock might need changing:

  • Current Locks Don’t Meet BS3621.
  • Faulty locks due to wear and tear or tampering, in some cases a faulty lock can be simply repaired however it is best to have a locksmith come and diagnose the problem and advise you on the best course of action.
  • Recently moved into a new property and need the locks changing to ensure that only yourself and those you trust have a copy of the key.

Rim Cylinders

Rim cylinders are often installed to work alongside a mortice lock, they are often referred to as a Yale lock. This type of lock will automatically lock behind you when you close the door. This is a great measure for extra security however if you have left your keys inside it can be quite frustrating! Luckily, a good locksmith will be able to help you gain entry into your property in no time without causing any damage to the existing lock or door.

If your wooden door only has a rim cylinder, then it is strongly advised that you have a mortice lock installed to work along side it, this will vastly improve the overall security of your door.

When it comes to needing a rim cylinder lock changing the reasons are much the same as those for the mortice lock, your current lock does not meet BS3621, it is damaged, or you have just moved home.

Further Security Measures

Below are a few tips on how to improve the overall security of your wooden door:

  • Have a rim cylinder lock installed if you don’t already have one.
  • Have another BS3621 deadlock installed at the bottom of your door.
  • Have either a bolt or chain installed. These can only be used whilst you are in the property but are great for extra protection at night!

If you need to improve the security of your wooden door locks, or just need your locks repairing, replacing or upgrading then contact Budget Locksmiths – Edinburgh today – 0131 235 2069