Why Would I Need an Emergency Locksmith?
There is bound to be a point in all of our lives where we end up being locked in or out of a property or car. Sometimes this can cause havoc, but with an emergency locksmith on hand there is no need to worry. The most common reasons for needing a locksmith include:
Being locked out of a house or property can be worrying, especially late at night. I understand this, which is why I am available at all times if you require my services.
Leaving your windows and doors unlocked leads to at least 1 in 3 burglaries across the West Lancashire area according to the Lancashire Constabulary. Having secure and trusted locks fitted to your windows battles against the rising rates of burglary. When it comes to window locks, there is a wide range available. Knowing what style of window you have helps to determine the lock that you need.
The main types of window include casement, tilt and turn, and sash. Casement window frames are hinged and pivoted and usually have a side or top opening. A tilt and turn window typically opens inwards using a hinge. These can be opened into a restricted ventilation position with a simple movement. Finally, sash windows are vertical sliding with the two sashes working independently. When moved up and down, the windows hold their position.
There are many types of window lock, with just a few of these being Espagnolette (Espag), shootbolt, and tilt and turn. An Espag is a locking mechanism that consists of a central gearbox and face bar, with locking points mounted to the bar. Locking points can come in the form of roller or mushroom cams, or retractable or non-retractable hooks. Shootbolt locks have the same materials but with an additional shootbolt which extends outwards from the top to bottom of the window holding it tight to the frame. Tilt and turns come in different forms and uses locks, handles and hinges to operate it.
Types of Lock
Some of the main terms that are used when referring to window locks can be difficult to understand. Some of these include:
Replacing a Lock
There can be many reasons why you may decide to replace your door or window locks. With me, you can rest assured that any work carried out will be to an impeccable standard. The oldest lock dates back more than 6000 years and since then a lot of development has taken place. Locks have changed dramatically from the Mesopotamian era when they are made of a wooden post and bolt. There are many types of door locks to choose from and it is important you decide on the right one. Deadbolts are a great choice for exterior doors and come in two main varieties: single and double. As the most common option, a single deadbolt requires a key to unlock and lock the door from the outside but can be unlocked from the inside by using a thumb turn mechanism.
Double deadbolts do not feature a thumbturn, and instead require a key for both the inside and outside. Mortice locks are mostly found on commercial doors and are threaded and screwed to the mortice hardware and door. Euro profile cylinders are incredibly common and most often found in patios. They are held in place by a single small attach point and are available in single, double, and thumbturn. Choosing the right lock when replacing a security system is something that I am on hand to help with.
Call Me Today
If you require an emergency locksmith or other lock services, please give me a call today on 01704 507 508 or 07811 267 274. Alternatively, you can fill in my online contact form.