Locksmith Advice, Mortice Locks

Mortice locks, also known as mortise locks, are a type of lock that is commonly used on many doors. They are named for the mortise or pocket, that is cut into the door to accommodate the lock. Mortice locks are in general more secure than other types of locks because of their location within the door itself, rather than on the surface. They are also typically more difficult to pick or tamper with because the mechanism is not visible from the outside. Mortice locks can be opened using a key or a combination.

Mortice locks are commonly used on doors to provide added security. They are typically used on residential and commercial doors, as well as on doors to secure storage areas or other spaces that need to be kept private.  As it is also less visible from the outside, which can help to deter potential burglars or other intruders. In general, mortice locks are a good option for any situation where added security is desired.

In the UK mortice locks are pretty common. They are often used on residential and commercial doors and are a popular choice for providing added security and used commonly used in conjunction with other security measures, such as deadbolts which add a level of protection against burglars and other intruders.  Overall, mortice locks are a well-established and widely-used type of lock in the UK.

It is generally recommended to use multiple security measures in combination to protect your front door. While a mortice lock can provide added security, it is not always enough on its own to provide adequate protection against burglars and other intruders and is some cases it would be beneficial to think about CCTV. In order to secure your front door effectively, it is recommended to use a combination of measures, such as a mortice lock in combination with a deadbolt, a security chain, or other security devices. This will help to create multiple layers of security, making it more difficult for burglars to gain entry and increasing the security of your home.

The number of locks that you need on your front door will depend on a variety of factors, such as the location and security of your home, your personal security concerns, and any local laws or regulations that may apply. In general, it is recommended to use a combination of locks and other security measures to protect your front door.  It is also a good idea to consult with a professional locksmith who can assess your specific security needs and recommend the appropriate number and type of locks for your front door.

Known faults

Mortice locks are generally considered to be very reliable and secure, but like any mechanical device, they can experience problems or failures. Some common faults that can occur with mortice locks include:

  • The lock mechanism becomes jammed or stuck, preventing the lock from opening or closing properly.
  • The lock becomes difficult to operate, requiring excessive force to turn the key or handle.
  • The lock is damaged, either by being forced open or by being exposed to extreme weather or other environmental factors.
  • The lock becomes loose or misaligned, allowing the door to be opened without using the key or combination.
  • While in rented accommodation, the keys were copied a number of times and the master key is no longer available which results in a lower matching score of accuracy to the original key and therefore not a good match to the lock that potentially will damage it.   

If you experience any of these problems with your mortice lock, it is recommended to have the lock repaired or replaced by a professional locksmith. This will help to ensure that your lock continues to provide the security and protection that you need.

If you are experiencing problems with your mortice lock, it is recommended to have the lock repaired or replaced by a professional locksmith. A locksmith is a trained and experienced professional who can diagnose and fix problems with your lock, ensuring that it continues to provide the security and protection that you need. In most cases, a locksmith can repair a faulty mortice lock, but in some cases, it may be necessary to replace the lock entirely. A locksmith will be able to assess your specific situation and recommend the best course of action to address any problems with your lock.