What Exactly Are Multi-Point Locks?

January 12, 2022 9:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A good security system starts with an excellent locking system. While most doors already come with locks, it never hurts to add some extra security. Multi-point locks may be just the thing you need for some peace of mind. As their name suggests, these locks feature several different locking points as opposed to one deadbolt.

Below, we cover everything you need to know about these locks, including how to use multi-point locks most effectively.

More about multi-point locking systems

As mentioned above, multi-point locks feature several different points, usually at the top, bottom and middle. Instead of having to break through one deadbolt, an intruder would have to pick through three secure locks. If you’re looking for increased security, there are few better locking options than multi-point locks. These locks make it extremely difficult for even the most experienced lock picker to get through.

Multi-point locks are extremely easy to use, as most operate the same as traditional locks. You simply have to use one key to lock and unlock your door. You can even set a multi-point lock to secure your door after closing it.

How to use multi-point locks

Using multi-point locks depends on the type you get. With older locks, you need to secure them from the inside, turning a lock at each separate point. With modern locks, you only need to use one locking mechanism to lock all three at once. This makes things much easier, so it’s often better to invest in a more modern multi-point locking system. With some multi-point locks, you only need to pull up a lever on your door to engage them all.

Tips for using a multi-point lock

You may already have a multi-point lock and not even realize it. Multi-point locks often run the length of an entire door and feature a bolt coming from the sides and/or the top and bottom. Taking care of these locks is easy as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. You may need to routinely spray a Teflon-based lubricant on the lock. Just be sure to avoid removing the lock to service it. Doing so may make the multi-point lock impossible to put back together.

Installing a multi-point lock

Now that you know how to use multi-point locks, you’re probably wondering how to install them. While it’s possible to purchase and install a multi-point locking system on your own, consider working with a professional instead. Multi-point locks can be difficult to install, and you don’t want to end up wasting a lot of time and energy.

Do your research on different types of multi-point locks, and choose the one that fits your needs best. You could also ask a reputable local locksmith for their recommendation.

We work with all brands

Contact the experts at Artie’s Lock and Key to install or repair your multi-lock system today. We can service and replace a variety of brands, including Peachtree, Andersen, HOPPE, Trilennium and Pella. Our services include key replacements, door repairs and lock re-keys.

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