What locks what? Choosing the right locks for your doors

Choosing the right locks for your doors is an important decision and will depend on the application. Whether it’s for your residential home or your business, there are two main types of locks used – those for entrance doors (security) and those for internal doors (passage or privacy).

Entrance and external doors

Security is the priority.

Not all locks are created equal so when choosing hardware make sure the locks you install have been manufactured to comply with the requirements of the Australian door lock standard AS4145.

Current standards for locksets and hardware for entrance doors includes physical security, fire and corrosion resistance – these standards help you to confidently choose the right locks for the required application.

Locksets range from the traditional rim/mortise to surface mounted cylinder locks and deadbolts, onto high-tech remote keyless entry, keypad locks to swipe and proximity card reading locks.

Spend time researching the right locks for you, be sure to choose the best quality hardware available, that are compliant with the relevant Australian Standards to ensure your home is secure.

To check whether your door locks and hardware meet Australian Standards, look for certification marks/symbols on the packaging, sometimes in the form of a red tick with complying standard number.

Also make sure your door locks are installed by an appropriate professional, especially in the instance of locks and deadbolts on external and perimeter doors, which should be installed by a qualified locksmith.

Internal doors

Passage sets are generally used for doors where privacy isn’t an issue such as hallway or laundry doors. The lockset will have a latch, striker plate and handles to ensure they can be closed to the door jamb without a locking feature. Follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions when fitting the lockset.

Privacy sets do as you would expect them to do and have the option to be locked to the door jamb. Bedrooms and bathrooms are where privacy sets are most commonly used and can be basic or more sophisticated in the level of privacy they provide.

If using privacy locks on internal doors, especially on bathroom doors, it’s important they can be opened from the outside in the case of an emergency.

All privacy sets use a lockable handle on the inside of the room, the exterior side of the door will have an emergency release that can be unlocked from the outside in case you need access.

Depending on the privacy lock installed, you can use a basic flathead screwdriver a dull kitchen knife or a specially designed emergency release tool supplied with the lockset.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when fitting the privacy lock and be sure to test the emergency release setup.

Other determining factors on your choice of door locks and hardware will depend on the design of your home, the style and material of your doors. An extensive range of designs and finishes are available to best complement the Hume Doors range.

Some of the leading brands of door locks and hardware available in Australia include:

Whatever your needs or design, door locks and hardware are available at a wide range of retail outlets including specialty dealers.