There sometimes can be a lot of confusion with all the different types of door locks. There are a few of variations and capabilities of locks for front doors, glass sliding doors and security screen door locks.
Types of Door Locks
Locks can vary with depending on what door you have. Front door lock types can be overwhelming. The most common front door lock type is just a standard knob set or lever set. These are used to latch your door shut and provide one locking point. Recently we have found that a lot of our customers are wanting extra security on their timber door locks, we recommend installing a deadbolt. A deadbolt can provide an extra locking point on your door, it puts a solid bolt into the door frame and cannot be jimmied opened.
Security screen door
Security screen door locks are a very important part of the security of a home. These door locks are the first barrier to a home. Security screen door locks allow you to have a secure home, but still allow you to have fresh air following through your house. These door locks are sometimes the most used door in your home, if you think about it every time you want to enter your house you have to open the screen door whether or not the timber door is open or closed. If you wanted extra security on these door locks you can sometimes install a triple lock kit onto your screen doors.
Triple locks on a security screen have three points of locking on the door. One bolt at the top, bottom and middle, when all three of these locking points are locked a screen door can be very hard to pry open. Want to Learn more about home security. Click Here
There are a lot of different types of door locks but a knowledgeable locksmith will know all the front door lock types as well as the different security screen door locks and will be able to assist and guide you to the right door locks you require.
Unfortunately, door locks weren’t made to last forever. Eventually, all door locks will break depending on the quality.
When a door lock breaks it could be crucial that you fix it as soon as you can. A broken door lock can compromise the security of a property as it isn’t functioning to its full capability.
You may need to replace a broken lock or sometimes you can just repair your lock. As locksmiths in Toowoomba, we carry a lot of spare parts for locks in our service vans and workshop. Or replacement locks where required. There are a lot of little moving parts inside a lock, occasionally there is just one simple broken part stopping it all from working together.
A common occurrence in a lot of older style homes, especially in Toowoomba where we have stunning Colonial and Queenslander homes, is building or house movement. The foundations of a house can often move and shift causing a door to not meet up with the striker plate on the frame of the door. Weather can also play a major part in house movement, colder months versus summer months there is always a slight adjustment in the ground. All these causes can give the user the impression that they have a broken lock but this may not be the case. This can be a simple fix where a locksmith can make an adjustment to the part that the lock actually locks into.
broken door lock
A factor of a broken door lock could also be that it is faulty. Sometimes there are faults in the manufacturing of the lock, there are a lot of moving parts that make a lock work. If one of those small parts isn’t doing it job correctly it can cause the whole lock to not work. Depending on the situation it could cost more for a locksmith to pull apart the lock and try fixing the broken lock.
Many people would worry that if their lock cannot be repaired, they will have to buy a new lock that might not match the rest of the doors on the house or business premises. There are plenty of options on the market that you will be able to source the exact same or very similar fitting lock. Toowoomba Locksmiths have a number of suppliers with all different products, the chance of not finding what you are after for a replacement lock is slim to none.
Matching New Lock
The new lock could also be changed so it can match a current key for your house. This just involves the lock being taken apart and the internals of the lock being rearranged, for example: the same key will operate both the front and back door. This eliminates having a different key for every door in your house, it is one universal key.
Security screen, commonly known as screen door locks are often the most heavily used doors in your home. Each time your main door is used the security screen is often used as well. Not only do they offer additional security to your home when locked in conjunction with your main glass or timber door but they offer the ability to secure your home while still offering fresh air to flow through.
There are 4 main brands of security Screen door locks commonly used in the Toowoomba Region, these are Whitco, Lockwood, Doric and Austral. Toowoomba locksmiths stock a wide range of these brands for both Sliding Security Screens and Hinged Security Screens. Whitco and Lockwood are the most common and longest used brand of Security Door Locks and although are no longer manufactured in Australia are still both high quality and affordable. It is important the correct brand and model is selected to ensure smooth replacements and correct security requirements.
If your Security Screen Door Lock stops working, there can be many reasons for this. Like any mechanical item, Security Door locks are not designed to last forever however with care and servicing, you can be sure they will keep your home secure for many years. There can be many reasons why your Security Door Lock has stopped working, these can include but are not limited to:
Reasons your Security Screen Door Lock May stop working
- Ground movement causing the lock to no longer meet its strike correctly
- Attempted or successful break-in
- Incorrect fitting
- A build-up of dust or foreign objects either inside the lock
- More commonly inside the hole in the frame of the door
If you are replacing one of your screen doors locks and want to use the same key with the new lock, this can usually be easily achieved as the cylinder can most commonly be removed from the old lock and work well in the New Security Lock.
It is easy to mistake a broken Screen Door Lock with a repairable fault. The best way to establish if you need a new security lock or if the lock can be repaired is to contact one of the Knowledgeable locksmiths at Toowoomba Locksmiths.