There are many different types of door locks. The most common types of door locks which can be found in Singapore are padlocks, deadbolts, knob locks, lever locks and cam locks.
Padlocks are locks which are not permanently attached to the doors. Their history is dated back to ancient times. They are portable and come in various shapes and sizes. In Singapore, it is frequently used for gates in HDB and Condominium. Most padlocks swing away or slide out of the padlock’s body when you unlock them.
Deadbolts are locks frequently used for main entrance or exit doors as it is more secured. This type of lock requires the rotation of the lock cylinder with the key in order to open. Deadbolt lock provides more resistance to forced entry.
Deadbolts come in 2 types – Single and Double Cylinders. Single Cylinder is the one you typically see in Singapore. It only requires the key to open from outside and you do not need the key to open from inside. For Double Cylinder, you need the key to open from outside and from inside. Double Cylinder provides additional security because some thieves are able to gain access either by gaps or creating a small opening through the door to open from inside. Though Double Cylinder provides additional security, it can also be dangerous if you need to get out of the house quickly like during a fire.
In recent years, technology has allowed the deadbolt locks to be accesssed and locked with digital PIN and Biometric data.
Knob locks are frequently found on your rooms’ doors in Singapore. This type of lock provides privacy within the house and not so much for security. As the lock cylinder is created in the knob, it can be easily open by knocking or damaging the knob. As such, you should never use this type of lock for your main door.
Similar to knob locks, lever locks are frequently used for rooms’ doors. In recent years, lever locks are more popular compared to knob locks because they have more stylish design and are easier to open (i.e. it is not slippery when your hand is wet or oily).
You will find Cam locks installed in most of the letter boxes in HDB flat and condominium. This type of locks are suitable for cabinets and low security storage as it is not designed for high security purpose.
Whatever types of door locks you have and whatever locks’ problems you have, Locksmith Singapore is able to handle and resolve them. Give us a call now at (+65) 6681-5629 or email us at [email protected]