Everything You Need to Know About the 23 Most Common Types of Locks
Lockable Thumbturn Deadbolt The Abloy lockable thumbturn deadbolt is the best solution for many deadbolt installations. It offers the security of a double deadbolt with the convenience of a normal single cylinder thumbturn deadbolt.
Most high security lock manufacturers try to accomplish this by selling 'captive key' deadbolts. Captive key deadbolts generally are nothing more then a double sided deadbolt in which a key is left on the inside with a key head that looks like a thumbturn. The Abloy lockable thumbturn deadbolt is a far more elegant solution, being a true locking thumbturn. It features a thumbturn on the inside like a single cylinder deadbolt and when it is in normal mode can be turned like a normal thumbturn deadbolt.
You can then use the key to enable 'secure' mode in which it can no longer be turned by hand, completely disabling the inside thumbturn from effecting the deadbolt at all. This allows it to function like a normal thumbturn when you are at home, but then at night or when you leave the house for an extended period of time, you can enable the secure mode to ensure it cannot be unlocked without the key.
No matter if you have glass next to the door or a window nearby, the lockable thumbturn allows for peace of mind whenever you need it. The Abloy lockable thumbturn deadbolt has one other unique feature in the high security world in that it has no exposed inside screws. The screws can only be accessed when the thumbturn is not in secure mode. When the thumbturn is in secure mode it is impossible to remove the deadbolt from the door no matter where you have access.
This feature along with the locking thumbturn also means that even if a burglar was able to get into your house he would not be able to open the door from the inside making it far harder for them to make off with your property as they would have to go back out the way the entered. For additional security and to avoid prying you may want to consider the Expanding Bolt for Abloy Locks. This bolt features a unique double ball bearing system in the end of the bolt that locks into a reinforced strikebox so that even if the door is attacked or pried the bolt will not be able to come out of the strikebox without being unlocked.
It does not require any special modifications to either your door or your door frame. For business users or those concerned with advanced physical attacks or lock defacement through glue or other substances we recommend considering our Geminy Shield product.
Abloy Abloy is one of the most reputable high security lock manufacturers in the world. The Abloy Protec system came out in and features a unique rotating disk based system with a disk blocking anti pick system that is unique to them. It is completely bump proof and extremely pick resistant no known picking attacks have been successful. It is well respected as one of the top of the line high security locks in the world. It has one of the largest key spaces of any high security system with over 2 billion possible keys.
Virtually all Abloy locks can be keyed to work with the same set of keys. The Abloy Protec2 was introduced in December of and it makes some refinements to the Abloy Protec system.
The primary features include minor additional drill resistance, harder to copy keys with an interactive element and an extended patent through First you must decide which system you would like to buy, most locks are available in both systems. To order a lock in the Abloy Protec2 you must select a key profile that has the number 2 in its name ie "Protec2 Elite" or "Ruby2 Exclusive".
Next you have a choice of key profile, the key profile of a lock primarily is an issue of key control. Legally the Protec Elite and Ruby Exclusive key profiles have the same level of key control, no dealer other than the dealer who originally issued the keys or the Factory can cut more keys.
Our Ruby Exclusive key profile is a key blank that is only issued to us, which removes the option for another Abloy dealer to duplicate your ruby key as they do not have access to the key blanks. A Protec Elite key will not even fit in a Ruby Exclusive lock. Having an exclusive key profile can also be useful if an eventual attack against the Abloy Protec is found.
With the Ruby Exclusive you will make it harder for an attacker to have access to a fitting key. Emergency Key The Emergency Key option allows us to specially key double deadbolts and lockable thumbturn deadbolts to make them better suited for residential or primary door environments.
An emergency key is a special key that will only open the lock from the inside, and not from the outside. This way an emergency key can be kept near the door and in case of an emergency used to open the door to get out. As the emergency key will only work from the inside, if it is lost you do not need to worry about someone being able to open your lock from the outside.
Frequently people keep the emergency key in a near by drawer or hanging on a string for easy access. Keyed alike means that if you order two padlocks and a deadbolt from us we can key them all to operate on the same key. To order two or more locks keyed alike, just select "keyed alike" under keying for each lock and all locks that are the same color will be keyed the same.
During checkout there will also be a notes area and you can comment on how you want the locks keyed if you wish to provide additional clarification. It is important to note that when keying alike you do not get more keys for each lock you order, just the initial lock's number of keys.
This means no matter if you order 2 or 5 padlocks keyed alike, you will only get 2 keys total. If you require additional keys just order extra keys. There is no additional charge for keying alike. There are rekeyable and non-rekeyable padlocks. If a padlock is non-rekeyable, then you cannot change the key that opens the lock for example to make it use the same key as your house. Padlocks can be key-retaining or non-key-retaining.
A key-retaining padlock does not allow the key to be removed while the padlock is open. Finally, padlocks can have a shrouded shackle. This is an extension of the body where the shoulders of the padlock raise up the sides of the shackle to make it far harder for bolt cutters to cut the padlock. Deadbolts Deadbolts are generally installed on external doors and have a few more options to consider than padlocks.
Deadbolts come in three primary varieties: Single cylinder deadbolts are found on most American homes. They use a key cylinder on the outside and a thumbturn rosary on the inside to open or close the lock. These deadbolts have one primary weakness. If access to the inside is possible via a nearby window or even through the peephole using simple tools , the door can be opened using the thumbturn.
A double cylinder deadbolt uses a key cylinder on the inside and the outside of the door to solve this issue. These have the clear disadvantage of always requiring a key to open the door from the inside if it is locked.
This can pose a significant problem in a fire or other emergency situation. If used in a residential situation, it is strongly recommended that a key is left on the inside when people are present to ensure a safe exit in an emergency. The final type of deadbolt is a hybrid between a single and a double deadbolt, and is called a lockable thumbturn. It features a thumbturn on the inside that works like a normal single cylinder deadbolt, except the thumbturn can be locked using a key so it cannot lock or unlock the door.
This means in a residential situation, the thumbturn can be left in an unlocked position while people are inside the house, and it will operate exactly like a standard single cylinder deadbolt.
When everyone is leaving, especially for extended periods of time, the thumbturn can be easily locked so that even if someone has access to the door from the inside, the deadbolt cannot be unlocked. This type of deadbolt provides maximum flexibility and security in most situations. All deadbolts that we sell are rekeyable, however, products from some vendors are easier to rekey than others. Knob Locks Knob locks are frequently installed in residential situations on exterior doors in addition to deadbolts, and are sometimes used as the primary source of security for doors.
First and foremost, it should be said that knob locks should virtually never be used for security on external doors. The problem lies in the fact that the lock cylinder is in the knob itself and not the door. In almost all setups, they can be broken off the door with a hammer or bypassed using pliers or a wrench behind the knob, completely bypassing the locking cylinder. If you currently have knob locks, consider replacing them with simple passage knobs as it will provide almost as much security as long as you are using deadbolts on the same doors.
When purchasing complete knob setups it is important to ensure the proper handedness and backset. Lever Handle Locks Lever handle locks are frequently used for inner doors in commercial settings. They are easier to open than knob locks as they have a large push down style handle rather than a knob that one must grasp and turn. Frequently when handicap accessibility is important lever locks are used.
Our lever handle locks are ADA accessible and can be changed between left and right handedness. Levers can frequently be the target of torque attacks excessive pressure applied to the handle to try and force the lock.
Some levers are "clutch" levers meaning if they are forced they just turn rather than apply pressure to the lock. Cam Locks Cam locks are used in a variety of applications but are most frequently found in filing cabinets, mailboxes, and lower security OEM applications.
They can rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise and the amount of rotation can be limited to 90 or degrees. Rim cylinder locks are generally used in rim latch locks which are mounted on the inside of the door.
Rim cylinder locks always have a long metal piece extending out the rear of the lock that runs through the door into a locking mechanism on the opposite side of the door. Rim locks are held in place by two screws from the inside that screw into the back of the rim cylinder. By contrast, mortise cylinder locks are threaded and actually screw into mortise hardware that is mounted within the door.
They are held in place by a set screw and utilize a cam to actuate the locking hardware. Mortise cylinders come in several different lengths and there is a large variety of options for the cams depending on the exact mortise hardware they are being used in.
Euro Profile Cylinders Euro profile cylinders sometimes called DIN cylinders are frequently used in locking devices in Europe and other parts of the world. They are also used in North America in some sliding glass door locks and room dividing doors.
They come in several varieties: The euro profile cylinder is a fairly standard form factor. The exterior and optionally interior lengths do vary, but the rest of the dimensions are fairly standard. Euro profile cylinders are held in place by a single screw that runs through the middle of the cylinder in most applications. Due to this single small attach point the euro profile cylinder can be easily snapped off the door if it is not of proper length or reinforced. Wall Mounted Locks Wall mounted locks are locks that are actually mounted in the wall.
The most common type of wall mounted lock would be the Knox-Box or fireman's box style lock found in many larger businesses as an emergency access to the buildings keys. Wall mounted locks can be used for more than just key storage.