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When To Repair, Replace or Upgrade Your Wooden Door Lock


It is common for wooden doors to come with a mortise lock fitted, these are bolt locks that are operated via a key, the brand and size will much depend on the manufacturer’s choice. Not all locks that come fitted with wooden doors will meet the minimum requirements of insurers (BS3621) especially if you have an older door. If you want to check your lock to see if it meets BS3621 then you need to look for the kite mark that should be located on the face plate of the lock. If you do find that your locks meet BS3621 then its likely that your locks do meet your insurers minimum requirements however, if your locks don’t display the kite mark then it is definitely worth calling out a locksmith to come and upgrade the locks, not only so that they are more secure but you may also fine that your insurance policy is void due to substandard locks.


Why Change A Mortise Lock?

There are many reasons why you might want or need your mortise lock changing, a few are listed below:

  • Current locks don’t meet BS3621

  • Recently moved into a new property and want to ensure only you have a copy of the keys to your house.

  • Your lock is faulty or damaged either via general wear and tear or an attempted break in. In some cases, it may be more beneficial to repair the lock but its worth having a chat with your local locksmith who will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

Rim Cylinders

Rim cylinders are often referred to as Yale locks, these locks are often used on wooden doors alongside mortise locks. These locks are designed to lock automatically when the door shuts, so its good news for security but not so good if you have forgot your keys! Luckily a reliable local locksmith will be able to get you back in your property in no time and without causing any damage to your existing lock. If your wooden door only has a Yale lock installed, then it would be a good idea to get a locksmith to come and install a mortise lock that meets or exceeds BS3621 to work alongside it.


Much like the reasoning behind having a mortice lock changed you would want your yale lock changed if:

  • There general wear and tear or damage.

  • Doesn’t meet BS3621.

  • You have recently moved home.

Extra Security

There are a few ways in which you can further improve upon the security of your wooden door a few options are listed below:


BS3621 Deadlock – You can have another deadlock installed at the bottom of your door for extra defence against potential intruders.


Yale Locks – If you don’t already have a rim cylinder lock fitted to work alongside your mortise lock then it is worth installing one to improve the overall security of your door.


Chains and Bolts – These can only be used when you are in your property, but they are great for extra security at night. They will stop the door from being opened past a certain point so it would make it extremely difficult for and intruder to force their way in.


If you would like to implement any of the security measures mentioned above or need your locks repairing or replacing, then contact City Locksmiths Monmouth today - 01600 760025

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