How to identify a good quality door lock

Not all door locks are created equal, which is why it is so important to only choose those of the highest quality. The good news is that top-notch locks don’t have to cost the earth - there are plenty of affordable products out there that will do the job and give you peace of mind.

There are some signs that a door lock is of superior quality. Keep an eye out for these features and you be well on your way to choosing one that will keep your home or business secure.

Look for the British Standard Kite Mark

Products that bear the British Standard Kite Mark have been put through rigorous testing. They have ultimately been given a seal of approval by the British Standards Institute, which will have assessed the lock over a prolonged period of time to see how effective it really is.

It's not uncommon for insurance companies to ask that your locks meet British Standards so that your policy is valid. If you want quality, this Kite Mark is one of the ways you can check.

Good quality door locks by Ultion, fitted in Rotherham by Parkgate Locksmiths

Key operation

Many modern doors are operated from the inside using a thumb piece, which is rarely the most secure option. A good quality lock will be key operated from both sides, helping protect your property against letterbox theft.

After all, it's only too easy for thieves to open your door using a contraption they've poked through your letterbox. This won't be quite so easy when it's a key they need to turn to open the door!

Looks and feels sturdy

While this isn't a sure-fire way of determining how effective a lock will be, it's a good start! If a lock feels flimsy then there's a fairly decent chance it won't be up to the job.

Ask yourself how many times you lock and unlock your door in an average week - does it feel like the lock you have will stand the test of time? If the answer is no, it might be a wise idea to arrange a complete lock replacement.

Recommended by a professional locksmith

A top quality locksmith in South Yorkshire will only use top quality door locks - so it's worth getting a professional in to do the job. They will have certain brands and types of lock they prefer, which helps eliminate some of the guesswork if you try to go it alone.

Locksmiths should guarantee their work for a period of time, which will give you further assurance that the product they have chosen is the right one.

High-security locks fitted in Rotherham

You may only need the services of a locksmith every now and then, but it's important that when you do, to choose wisely as the security of your property is paramount. Parkgate Locksmiths are established, local, reliable and professional - please read out customer reviews to see what others have to say.

Call us today for a free quote or advice on 01709 847191.

A reputation of great customer service

Unable to open the front door... searched for locksmith online, saw the website looked professional, called Stephen and he was able to call around that morning to replace the locking system. Great service and great conversation.

Mrs Morrell from Rotherham


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