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Close-up on the locks: how to choose them well?

Close-up on the locks: how to choose them well?

Securing your home to shelter your property is, above all, choosing a suitable and quality lock. So let's learn to understand and recognize the different types of locks that you will find on the market.

The different types of locks

We can first of all distinguish the types of locks in 2 main categories: the single point and the multipoint and for each of these categories, 2 different types of poses: the applied surface or the built-in installation.

The mono point lock

One of the essential criteria for choosing a lock is its number of closing points on the door. As its name suggests, the single point lock has only one locking point and therefore guarantees less security. It may therefore be sufficient to secure a place that houses goods of little value. You can opt for a single point lock applied (it is a lock block that is fixed on the inside of the door), ora single point lock to be larded , ie visible only by the edge of the door since directly embedded in it. The overlay lock is of course easier to install on original doors while the mortise lock is more aesthetic since it is very discreet and is often delivered with a new door. It's up to you to see what is your case and what you want to prioritize! Note that for entry door locks, insurance companies today require a minimum of 3 points of closures.

The multi-point lock

The most common of this type of lock is one that has 3 closing points on the door (top, bottom, middle), but you can find some with 5 or even 7 closing points. In terms of type of installation, we will also find the applied lock , screwed onto the door from the inside, simple to install but visible as well as the mortice lock , built into the door. The latter generally has 3 closing points and is more difficult to install, especially if your door is very thin or if the door frame must not be touched. It is however an asset in terms of decoration since it blends perfectly with the decor. There is one last kind of multi-point lock: the so-called faired lock . It has more closing points (up to 14!) And is particularly suitable for very high doors which require a sufficiently high number of closing points. With so many closing points, it is therefore necessarily fixed on the wall, but it is covered over the entire length of the door by a sort of cover which can take on different colors, to guarantee a small decorative effect.

Rely on A2P certification

Whether you choose a single point, multi-point, surface-mounted, built-in or faired lock, make sure it is A2P certified. This standard from the National Center for Prevention and Protection guarantees you locks manufactured and tested in terms of time and resistance to break-ins. You will find 3 levels of security: A2P1: 5 minutes to force it, A2P2: 10 minutes to force it, A2P3: 15 minutes to force it.