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If you are thinking about changing or replacing door locks (or window) for your home or business, a locksmith vetted by the MLA will be able to fit a replacement lock from smart locks to uPVC door locks.
You may also want to upgrade your locks to comply with insurance standards or need to replace faulty locks due to damage.
If you have just moved into a new home, the first thing to do is change your door locks.
Unsure of what type of door lock you have? – Read our Door Lock Type guide here
A local MLA locksmith can fit, replace and change all types of door locks such as:
Read our locksmith price list for estimated costs here – we also tell you how long the job will take to complete.
A locksmith can help change & replace house lock if you have lost your keys, the lock is faulty, or are you are locked out of the house.
The most common reasons a new lock will need to be fitted range from the following:
To find out if your current locks are to British Standard, look for the BSI kitemark symbol on the faceplate of the lock, this is the part you cannot see when the door is closed.
Please read our guide to BS3621 locks and how to tell here which answers every question you may have about BS3621 standard locks.
A lock with the BS Kitemark on
The type of door is another factor, normally BS3621 locks are found on doors where the frame and door are made of timber.
Doors above ground floor are tested to BS8621 which is the same security level and would also carry a BSI kitemark symbol.
A locksmith can replace and fit all door lock types usually found on residential/commercial properties, which are the below three types of door locks:
There are many different types of night latches with sizes, which are mostly used on front and back doors.
A locksmith can replace all types of night types, including the rim cylinder and even upgrade your existing rim lock, such as below:
Unsure about the type of night latch to fit or change? See our guide to night latches here
What a nightlatch looks like
The cost of a nightlatch replacement lock can be found on our locksmith price list here
This type of lock is normally fitted inside the door, they are difficult to pick open as the lock mechanism is fitted in the door frame.
There are only two sizes available.
What a mortice looks like | Image provided by ERA
The cost of a replacement mortice lock can be found on our locksmith price list here
The main types of mortice locks you will find on your home’s locks are as follows:
A mortice sash lock is normally fitted to a wooden door on a domestic home, sash locks are opened by using a key and the handle.
Has a handle – a mortice style lock with a handle is called a sash lock.
A sashlock has a handle | Image provided by ERA
The handles operate the latch on the lock which keeps the door shut when pushed or pulled closed.
Note: As a rule of thumb the more levers a mortice sash lock has the more secure the lock is
A Mortice Deadlock is commonly fitted to a wooden home front door, and can only be opened with a key, it locks on the inside and outside.
Does NOT have a handle – a deadlock does not have a handle and is always operated by a key, opened from one of both sides by key.
A deadlock has no handle | Image provided by ERA
Note: Again, the more levers a mortice deadlock has the more secure the lock is.
The cost of a mortice deadlock replacement lock can be found on our locksmith price list here
This type of lock is very popular and found on many different types of door locks and security applications.
Euro-Lock Cylinder found on front/back doors
A fitted Euro lock cylinder on a front door
Euro locks come in an array of sizes and security levels and different finishes to suit application and hardware fitted or required.
The most secure standards for euro cylinders are:
The cost of a euro cylinder replacement lock can be found on our locksmith price list here
Read our guide on the most secure lock to stop lock snapping here
A key is sometimes required to change a euro profile cylinder lock because the cam on the lock needs to be in line with the euro lock body to remove from the door.
If you have no keys and the euro cylinder retaining screw is removed in the usual way, then the euro lock will NOT slide out as the cam is in the wrong position stopping the euro lock from being removed.
A locksmith will be able to attend site and change the euro lock even if no key is available.
Remove the lock non-destructively – They will use an array of specialist tools and knowledge to align the cam in the correct position to remove the euro profile cylinder lock without damaging the door.
KEYS CUT FOR NEW LOCK – Don’t forget when you have changed your locks to have a new set of keys cut.
Fitting and changing any type of lock yourself is a risky thing to do.
You could be putting your property at risk of burglary if you fit the wrong lock or fit the right lock incorrectly, you could be at the risk of lock snapping by fitting the wrong size lock.
There are many standards of locks ( EN1303, BS3621, BS8621, BS10621, TS007 & 3-star, Kitemark, PAS3621, SS312 Diamond.
You need to know:-
To check you have British Standard locks fitted click here – our guide gives you 2 simple steps.
There are many different sizes of locks, fitting an incorrectly sized euro cylinder can lead to lock snapping.
Fitting a Euro Cylinder incorrectly can lead to your lock being vulnerable to lock snapping’.
What a wrongly fitted euro cylinder looks like
We recommend finding out the most secure lock cylinder to prevent becoming a victim of this crime.
Locksmiths can even install and replace garage door locks, they can also help with if you need a replacement lock fitting and changing.
If you have an up and over garage door or a roller lock, the lock or handle can easily be changed and replaced.
A locksmith approved by the MLA will be able to fit and supply locks from all the leading manufacturers of locks such as….
For estimated costs please see our locksmith price list here – The price a locksmith charges will vary between various locksmiths due to there being no governing body for locksmiths, so there is no price structure that locksmiths have to follow.
1. Where you live
2. The time of day you need the job completing
3. The manufacturer of lock/cylinder you require changing.
We recommend getting a range of quotes from a MLA locksmith in your area.
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