Choosing the Right Front Door Locks: 7 Essential Factors to Consider

We all approach decision-making differently. Whether your primary considerations are price, quality, style, or a combination of all three, you can rest assured that there's a door lock perfectly suited for your specific type of door and property.  Consider the following seven key factors in your door lock research.

Black wooden front door with Finfort dual door lock set in Polished Chrome finish

1. Type of Door

To kickstart your decision-making process, take a moment to assess the type of door you're securing. Is it a wooden door, a uPVC door, or perhaps a composite door? Understanding this fundamental detail will help you narrow down your options significantly. For instance, traditional British wooden front doors typically require at least two locks, one of which must be key-operated from both sides to meet BS3621 insurance compliance standards. On the other hand, uPVC or composite doors often feature multipoint locking systems that are activated by lifting a handle.

2. Type of Property

The architectural style of your property also plays a pivotal role in your choice of door locks. If you reside in an Edwardian, Georgian, Victorian, or 1920's period-style home, you'll likely prefer a traditional door lock set comprising two or three locks that complement the historical aesthetics. In contrast, if you reside in a new build property, your lock options can lean towards either traditional or multipoint systems, provided they meet the PAS24 standards.

3. Required Level of Security

Not all door locks offer the same level of security. Some provide basic protection, while others are engineered to withstand sophisticated break-in attempts. Consider factors like your location, local crime rates, and the valuables within your property when determining the level of security required. You may also want to explore locks that employ registered keys, which cannot be copied without homeowner authorization, for an added layer of security.

4. Required Level of Convenience

Convenience is a critical aspect of door lock selection. Basic locks may demand more effort from homeowners to ensure security, requiring manual locking or the use of different keys for each lock. Alternatively, more advanced locks feature automatic deadbolting functionality, eliminating the need for manual locking and saving valuable time. Keyed-alike options allow a single key to operate multiple locks on both front and back doors, creating a unified key experience. While smart locks are gaining popularity due to their keyless entry capabilities, it's worth noting that their security threshold and reliability may not match that of mechanical locks, especially when considering the aesthetics of classic British front doors.

5. Style of Locks

Door locks come in various finishes and styles, offering the opportunity to blend seamlessly with your home's exterior and interior design. From traditional polished brass or antique brass to contemporary options like satin chrome or matte bronze, you have a wide array of finishes to choose from. Additionally, prominent lockguards not only enhance your door's appearance but also serve as a visual deterrent.

6. Length of Warranty

Last but not least, consider the warranty provided with your chosen door lock. Some locks come with limited warranties, so it's essential to carefully review the warranty terms and conditions before making a purchase decision.

7. Budget

Your budget is a significant factor in your lock selection process. While it's crucial to invest in a high-quality lock, there are options available to suit various price ranges. Basic locks can be found for as low as £30 in DIY superstores, while British-made, high-security locks with automatic deadbolting and keyed-alike registered keys may cost several hundred pounds. Striking the right balance between cost and security ensures optimal protection for your property. 

Need more info?

If you would like more detailed information on the most common types of door locks including how they work and a list of their pros and cons read our 5 Common Door Locks article. It will help you to choose the perfect door lock or door lock set to protect your house and your loved ones.

Who are Finfort

Finfort make and supply high-security automatic deadbolt door locks and door lock sets in 6 finishes to homeowners, bespoke door makers, architectural ironmongers and locksmiths.  Our locks are made in the UK using the best of British design and engineering.