Steel is at the top of the price range, and is not a necessity for a secure entry point. What matters more is the installation work. If a thorough job is done and a high quality, high security product is chosen the door material that is most secure comes second. A steel door in a flimsy frame installed poorly will provide no better security than the same operation with wood.
Perhaps the most common type of lock is the pin tumbler lock. Enclosed in a doorknob, these devices contain spring-loaded pins of varying sizes, which must be pushed upward before the knob can be turned to open the door. When the correct key is inserted into a pin tumbler lock, the grooves on the key's blade push the pins up to the precise height needed to allow the inner chamber to turn. Pin tumbler locks are popular because they are relatively secure for most residential applications and generally inexpensive. Since the entire locking mechanism in this device is contained in a single cylinder, pin tumbler locks are also very easy to swap in and out. This comes in handy in apartment buildings, for example, where locks may need to be changed frequently as tenants come and go.
Our experienced team of locksmith Nottingham engineers will conduct a thorough site survey and suggest our recommended solution, taking into consideration key areas for protection and advised budgets. All our Systems come with a minimum 2 year's warranty so once your happy and the job is completed your reassured we still have your best interests in mind.
Our locksmiths make themselves available 24 hours a day to assist customers at all times day and night, if you require your door opening in the middle of the night, we'll be there. Being a 24 hour locksmith company enables us to attend a variety of customers under many differential circumstances. Our prices are reasonable, and the workmanship quality is next to none, no job is too big or small you'll be happy to read. Free quotes, no hard sales with the Budget Locksmiths Nottingham company.
Upvc door locks and most composite locks are called Euro Cylinders, they come in various sizes and are most commonly standard key hole shaped. It is imperative that you to measure the cylinder accurately and only fit the correct size cylinder for the Upvc door. A cylinder that protrudes more than 5mm from the handles is vulnerable from an attack called “snapping” and would allow a burglar to gain entry to your property in a matter of seconds. Removing the Cylinder: How to Change a UPVC Door Cylinder Cylinder Retaining Screw Locate and remove the cylinder retaining screw - this is a single cross head screw and is located in line with the lower portion of the cylinder. Insert your key into the cylinder and turn the key To align the cam inside the bottom of the cylinder while applying a little light pressure to the other side of the cylinder from the key and the lock should slide out. Top Tip. Loosening the handle screws may make it easier to remove the cylinder. measure upvc cylinder measure the cylinder Measure from the centre of the retaining hole to the end of the cylinder. Both sides of the cylinder will need to be be measured as some cylinders are not equal in length. Cylinder lengths increase in size by 5mm increments i.e. 30mm, 35mm 40mm, 45mm, 50mm and so on. Installing the new correctly sized cylinder. Insert the key into the cylinder and turn to align the cam in the bottom of the cylinder so that it is not protruding from the body. Slide the cylinder through the handles and secure with the retaining screw. After the cylinder in inserted lift the handles to engage the the multipoint then turn the key so that the bolt throws, by doing this you are certain to be aligned in the correct position. Mark The Cylinder Mark The Cylinder If the existing cylinder protrudes more than 5mm from the handles, mark the cylinder against the edge of the handles with a pencil before removal so that when it is removed you can measure from the retaining screw to the pencil mark so the replacement lock will be a flush fit and more secure. Upvc locks vary in price based on the size and the level of security they offer, at a minimum you should should only fit a lock that has 5/6 pins that includes security pins (this will make the lock better protected from picking and bumping) and has some measures that provide security from drilling.
The security upgrades available depend on the type of door you have. If you have a UPVC door, then you should consider upgrading to an anti-snap, anti-bump lock to ensure a would-be criminal cannot gain entry to your home. If you have a wooden door, then your locksmith Nottingham recommends a combination of a mortise lock and Yale lock as a bare minimum. All locks installed are British Standard which means that not only are you guaranteed effective security, but it should also ensure your home insurance policy is validated by our work.
For example, if you have a UPVC door, the door has a complex locking mechanism to keep your property secure. The lock itself is a eurocylinder which attaches to a multipoint locking mechanism on the inside of the door with hooks to secure one door to the other. If you come home and find your key unable to enter the lock or is able to enter but cannot fully turn, then the likelihood is there is a problem with the eurocylinder itself. However, if you find your door handles spinning, or even the key spinning in the lock, then it is more likely that your UPVC door multipoint locking mechanism will need to be replaced.
Finally, there's the "jimmy-proof" deadbolt, a type of lock often found in older residences. These locks engage a metal rod that fits into a separate chamber outside of the door frame, rather than through the frame. While its design is simple, it has many advantages over traditional deadbolts or mortise locks. It is impervious to being pried open like many deadbolt systems could be, hence the "jimmy-proof" name. It is also typically harder to pick, and is very inexpensive.
We deal with any type of lock you have installed on your door, our Nottingham locksmiths NG1 can handle it! Be it a normal Chubb or Yale, to the more complex high security Mul-T-Locks. The locksmith technicians carries a wide inventory of locks and parts, and is ready for any occasion. Our services are not limited to just emergency lock-outs, and we also provide lock-fitting services, home & business security consultations to prevent burglary. We cater to the private and business sectors alike, and you can feel free to book our local locksmith for an appointment if you are in need of new locks and security systems. Our locksmith in Nottingham also covers the surrounding areas; Grantham, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Sleaford, Southwell, Sutton-in-Ashfield.
"I asked Alistair to cut me some new keys for my house & also for him to come and give me a quotation for replacing locks in doors where the keys had been lost. At all times Alistair was very professional and gave me a range of different options, once I quote was received I decided to go ahead with the work. He arrived on time on the agreed date and got on with the work immediately & completed the work to a high level. I'm really pleased with the work Alistair completed for me & the advice he gave. I wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending him to others who need the services of a Locksmith."
You need to be looking out for these British Standards when checking replacing or buying new locks yourself, this is important as most insurance won’t cover you unless you’re using British Standard Locks, if you’re having trouble finding out whether your locks are British Standard or not, don’t be afraid to call our trained advisors who’ll be sure to help you out as much as possible.
In some cases, the problem may lie with the key instead of the lock. Metal keys can wear out after years of repeated use. This problem can usually be solved by having the key copied by a professional. However, a key that is copied enough times will eventually accumulate errors and may not work even while brand new. In this case, it's probably best to replace the entire lock.