Many people will be looking at this article and scratching their heads about the title. After all, how can such a mundane item like a latch for a door be important?
However, when you think about it the latch you choose for your door is actually quite important. The latch is what keeps your home secure.
A weak latch is all a thief needs to be able to enter your home and burgle you while you are out, or worse, at night when you and your family are asleep. Choosing the right latches for your exterior doors is important.
Choosing a Latch
Security is your main concern, so look for latches that are strong and are made for the kind of door you are fitting them to. Latches that are designed for use on interior doors like bathroom doors are not strong enough for exterior doors.
It is wise to buy door locks that have several levers. Multi lever latches are far more difficult to pick than single lever latches.
Mortice length is also a consideration. A short mortice is fine for an interior door, but is not adequate for an exterior door. It is always well worth considering buying a multi-mortice lock. These doors are far more difficult to jimmy open than those with only one mortice.
You need to check that the latches you choose will accommodate your door handles, or come with their own handles. This is not usually a problem, but it is always worth checking.
Buying Door Latches
If you are buying a latch, the internet is by far the best place to find what you are looking for. Online you will find the best choice and be able to shop around for the right latch. The fact that door latches are standardised also means that they are ideal items to buy online.
Always buy good quality door latches. Remember that you are buying them to keep your home secure. It is always a false economy to buy cheap latches. The best retailers are happy to give advice, just give them a call or drop them an e-mail with any questions you have.
Article By: Adam Nicolson