Door security – all you need to know
Your front door is not only the first thing visitors see when they arrive at your home, but it’s also your protection from unwelcome intruders, keeping you safe and secure. More than 70% of burglars gain access through the front door so when choosing the type of lock for your door, it’s important to get it right. With so many different types of door locks available, it can be quite complicated to work out which one is the best for your situation, so we’ve created a helpful guide to our range of door locks and other house security solutions.
Points to consider when selecting door locks
• The material of your door will affect the type of lock you can have, for example, some locks are designed specifically for doors made of uPVC and are unsuitable for doors made of other types of material.
• The type of lock must be suitable for the style of your door, With doors available in such a wide range of materials, it’s essential to ensure that the lock you have chosen is compatible with the style of door. It is quite possible that while the lock may be suitable for the material of your door, it is not compatible with the style. For example, a mortice lock will be effective on a wooden front door, but not on a sliding patio door
• The level of security you need is another key factor. An external door is the preferred method of entry for many opportunistic burglars so a heavy-duty, secure lock is the best choice to give you peace of mind.
Burglar proof your home with lock solutions
At Bergson & Eaton, we offer a range of high-quality door locks to suit every type of door.
Sash locks are a popular choice with our customers as they have a deadbolt lock that locks the door when you turn the key. They also feature a handle-operated sprung non-locking latch, allowing the door to stay closed when you turn the key. This means that if you unlock the door, it will still stay closed because of the sprung latch. However, when you need to lock it for security, you can lock the door by turning the key.
Offering extremely effective levels of security, dead locks do not provide a latch or handle but are operated simply with a key. They do not come with any handles or latches but these can be added for convenience. Dead locks are often used in combination with a sash lock: dead locks at the top and bottom of the door that can be locked when required and a sash lock in the middle with a handle or latch offer a flexible, very secure solution.
Rim locks such as the widely used Yale lock are attached to the surface of the door rather than being set into the door edge. Older versions of sash and deadlocks designed to be used with door knobs are also described as rim locks. Rim locks are one of the most common types of locks currently in use in the UK; the main advantage of these locks is that they are quick and easy to install.
Some other effective ways to upgrade your house security
Installing a peephole
An excellent way to increase the safety and security if your home is to install a peephole in the entrance door. With a wide-angle peephole viewer, you can see exactly who your visitors are before opening the door. Peephole viewers are quick and easy to install and are suitable for doors up to two inches in thickness.
Changing the locks after moving house
If you have moved house, security experts highly recommend that you change the locks but worryingly, over half of us don’t bother. On completion, you are handed a set of keys to your new home but it’s impossible to know how many copies of the existing keys there are in circulation. Changing the locks is a task that is easily overlooked in the turmoil of a house removal but it should be one of the first things you tackle.
Security solutions at Bergson & Eaton
At Bergson & Eaton, we have over 40 years’ experience in making sure our customers are safe and secure with complete peace of mind. We offer a comprehensive range of security options that can enhance the security of your entrance door. If you would like more advice on how to burglar proof your home, please book a visit to our Aylesbury showroom or call us on +441296415251 to speak to one of the expert team.
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