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What Are The Different Types Of Door Locks And Door Latches?

Tubular Latches

A tubular latch sometimes referred to as a mortice latch is used in conjunction with either a lever latch door handle, a lever on rose or a privacy door handle. They come in sizes ranging from 64mm (this refers to the full length of the latch) upto 152mm. The length of the latch will determine the positioning of the spindle at the centre of the door handle or door knob (this distance between the edge of the door and the hole in the latch which takes the spindle is referred to as the backset) Some tubular latches have holes in the body of the latch to allow bolts to pass through them when fitting handles with back to back bolt through fixings.


Rollerbolt Latches

Rollerbolt latches are commonly used on doors where you wish to fit a cupboard knob or a pull handle. The roller slots into the striker plate in the door frame to keep the door in the closed position, the spring can be adjusted for varying the force needed to open and close the door.


Sash Locks

Sash locks also known as mortice sash locks are used on doors you wish to lock with a key. They can be used in conjunction with a lever lock door handle on backplate, a door lever on rose and a key hole escutcheon combination or a door knob and escutcheon combination. They come in sizes 64mm or 76mm (this refers to the full length of the lock casing). The length of the lock will determine the positioning of the spindle at the centre of the door handle or door knob (this distance between the edge of the door and the hole in the lock which takes the spindle is referred to as the backset) Some locks have holes in the body to allow bolts to pass through them when fitting handles with back to back bolt through fixings.


Bathroom Locks

Bathroom locks are used on bathrooms. They can be used in conjunction with a bathroom door handle set on backplate, a door lever on rose and a turn and release combination or a door knob and turn and release combination. They come in sizes 63mm or 75mm (this refers to the full length of the lock casing). The length of the lock will determine the positioning of the spindle at the centre of the door handle or door knob (this distance between the edge of the door and the hole in the lock which takes the spindle is referred to as the backset) Some locks have holes in the body to allow bolts to pass through them when fitting handles with back to back bolt through fixings.


Dead Locks

Dead locks also known as mortice dead locks provide extra security to the external doors of a property often fitted to a wooden front door in conjunction with a night latch. They come in 63mm or 75mm (this refers to the full length of the lock casing). The length of the lock will determine the positioning of the key hole.


Rim Locks and Rim Latches

Rim locks and rim latches are fitted on the face of the door and need to be fitted in conjunction with a rim knob. This type of lock and latch system is commonly seen in older period cottages.

The rim lock incorporates a latch which is operated by turning the knob to open the door and a key which operates lock from both sides of the door which shoots into the keep fitted to the edge of the door frame The rim latch does not have a key but instead it has a button which is pushed across with the finger to lock the door from one side.