FAQs Locks

Frequently Asked Questions: Locks



Are wooden front doors safe?

Depending on the quality, thickness and age of the wood used for your front door, wooden doors are generally a lot safer than uPVC doors if they have a combination of locking systems applied to them, including a night latch, rim cylinder and a 5-lever British Standard insurance-approved mortice lock.


What kind of door is best for home security?

Your front door should be at least 44mm thick in order to support the mortice lock and three strong hinges. Wooden doors are generally stronger than uPVC doors and can support a wider variety of lock types. The ideal front door would be a wooden door measuring 44mm thick with a five-lever mortice deadlock combined with a rim cylinder and night latch. A spyhole and door chain can be added to wooden doors as additional security features. All hinges should be secure and long screws and hinge bolts should be used.


My friend is away and I am feeding her pet for a week but I have lost the keys, can you gain entry to her property?

We are only able to gain entry to a property with the owner’s permission.


If my lock is broken does it have to be replaced or can it be repaired?

If your lock has broken and you can still gain access to your property but not lock it, it is possible that a professional locksmith will be able to repair this to keep costs down, as replacement locks are usually higher in price.


What services can a professional locksmith provide?

A professional locksmith company should be able to provide the following services:

  • Gain Entry – To windows, doors, cabinets and safes.
  • Repair or Replacement – Of handles, hinges or locking systems.
  • Fresh Fit – Of new locks to wooden doors and windows.
  • Installation – Of additional security.
  • Fresh Keys – When changing or installing a new locking mechanism.
  • Adjustment – Of doors that need to be re-aligned.

If you require any of these services, or would like a free quotation, Able Group provide professional locksmith services nationwide.

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