The following paragraphs list some of the most common locks we encounter in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Our vans carry a more extensive selection and we can usually source other locks within 24hrs. You can also use the list to identify lock types you need repaired or replaced.
Commonly referred to as Yale locks, these locks lock automatically when the door is shut. Operated by a flat key and rim cylinder externally and knob internally. Although not insurance approved there are more secure versions available that meet the BS3621 standard. If a change of keys is required cylinder can be changed retaining the lock case. Its advisable to replace old worn lock cases as these are prone to snib drop and jamming lockouts.
Mortice locks are the stalwart of wooden door security. Insurance companys are increasingly insisting wooden doors be fitted with 5 lever mortice BS3621:2007 standard. If you don’t have a functioning compliant mortice you will find your insurance company reluctant to pay up should you suffer a burglary. 3 lever mortice locks should be only used for internal doors. There are two variations of this lock. The Sashlock with a bolt and handle operated latch bolt. The Deadlock with a single key operated bolt.
Local authorities now insist that a “House of Multiple Occupancy” i.e. property with 3 or more unrelated persons be fitted with HMO compliant locks. These locks should provide a keyless egress from the property in the event of fire. These locks replace existing mortice deadlocks and are operated by a Euro or oval thumb turn cylinder. An added advantage with these locks is that should the the landlord need a key change only the cylinder is replaced, leaving the lock case in place and therefore reducing the cost.
Multipoint locks are mainly fitted to UPVC doors also seen in some wooden doors patio doors and conservatories. Usually locked by lifting the handles to engage hooks and rollers and key turn to deadlock. There are wide variations in the lock mech types. Replacing these should always be done by an experienced locksmith as errors in key measurement could render the lock door insecure. The correct cylinder fitting is essential to reduce the possibility of a cylinder snapping break in. Again we carry a wide range of these mechs and cylinders more uncommon mechs normally sourced in 24hrs.