Benefits of Multipoint Locks and When to Use Them
01/04/2023, 1:05 PM
Benefits of Multipoint Locks and When to Use Them
Most of us don’t give our door locks much thought. By now, operating a lock is automatic — you unlock the door, turn the knob and enter your home. A traditional door lock can be enough to protect your family. But does your current locking system keep your home safe and secure?
To further protect your home, invest in a robust locking system. A multipoint locking system is a popular option that uses traditional locking technology to address modern security concerns.
Multipoint locks are safe and increase your home security, but there are other benefits to using them.
What Is a Multipoint Lock System?
As the name suggests, a multipoint lock, also known as a three-point lock, is a type of door hardware that locks a door at multiple points. Multipoint locks have three deadbolts that come out of three different points or locations of a door — the top, middle and bottom — extending the locking mechanism to the full height of a door.
As a result, a multipoint lock system provides an additional layer of security, as your door is strong at three points. In your standard locking system, there is only one deadbolt in the center of the door, leaving the top and bottom of a door vulnerable.
People install multipoint locks because of how secure they are, how luxuriously stylish they are and their functionality.
How Do Multipoint Locks Work?
Modern multipoint locks are much easier and faster to operate than older door locks with similar functionality, which required you to turn a lock at each deadbolt.
By contrast, contemporary three-point locking systems have one lock with dual-action deadbolts. Thus, each of the three deadbolts reacts to one key turn. This means you don’t need to bend down or stretch out to reach the different locks of a door. This mechanism works whether you’re locking or unlocking your door from the inside or outside.
European multipoint locks work by lifting the handle and turning the deadbolt to lock the door — the Rockwell 200 series operates this way. Other multipoint locks work with one turn of the deadbolt to lock and unlock the door, such as the Rockwell Triple Latch and the Rockwell Deadlocking Tongues. The Rockwell multipoint locks have an easy-to-use approach in their design, inspired by the simplicity of the traditional way of locking and unlocking a single-point lock.
Multipoint locks are for both commercial and residential applications. Homeowners typically install three-point locks onto their front and back doors, whether these access points are hinged or can slide.
Benefits of Using a Multipoint Lock
We’ve briefly discussed that the main goal behind multipoint locks is security, but there are other benefits of multipoint locks.
Of course, the main reason behind installing a multipoint locking system is to increase the security of your home and protect your family members. For residential users, a three-point lock system provides both back and front door security.
A standard, single deadbolt locking system leaves a door’s top and bottom areas vulnerable, making it easier to break in. On the other hand, multipoint locks are more load-bearing and distribute pressure across multiple door points.
Reduces Wear and Tear
Due to the construction and design of multipoint locks, they tend to reduce wear on doors. Instead of a door experiencing pressure from only one deadbolt, it distributes across three deadbolts in three locations, increasing its load-bearing capacity and durability. The locks of a three-point locking system are also typically stronger and more resistant than older single-lock doors. Moreover, door manufacturers prefer multipoint locks, as they allow the door to engage with the frame in three different areas, preventing door warp or sagging and keeping the door straight.
Increases Energy Efficiency
As a result of the three locking points, your door is set in place and closed more air-tight — an easy method to draft-proofing your home. This improved seal limits cold air that enters your warm home during the winter months. Similarly, cold air is kept inside during warmer seasons, while the summer heat stays outside.
So, you can increase your energy efficiency in your home, and may even experience lower utility bills. Even the World Economic Forum recommends blocking gaps around doors and windows to draft-proof your home.
Offers Better Insurance and Premiums
Insurance providers may recognize multipoint locks as part of enhanced security systems. Installing a more robust lock could open the opportunity for better insurance and premium offers, particularly when combined with other security measures. Protect your home and your wallet!
Multipoint Locks vs. Traditional Locks
An underlying theme is the security of your home, but you might be asking yourself, “Do I need a multipoint lock for my door?” To help you with your decision, let’s compare multipoint locks to traditional locks and decide which are the safest lock options.
Traditional or Single Locks
A door with a traditional or single lock has one central lock. The lock is always located along the middle of the door and is usually on the right-hand side looking out, but it could be on the left.
A single lock door mainly serves as a physical barrier between the homeowner and whoever is on the other side. Traditional locks are usually sufficient. As there is only one central lock that secures the door in place, the top and bottom points are weaker.
Multipoint or Triple Locks
A door with a multipoint or triple lock has a central lock and an additional internal rod connecting the two other locks. The three locks are at the door’s top, middle and bottom. Like traditional setups, multipoint options can be either on the right or left side.
A triple lock door mainly serves as a security source for the homeowner, especially if they live in high-risk areas. Due to the three-lock system, unwelcome intruders would have a more challenging time trying to pick all three locks or break down the sturdy door.
Types of Multipoint Locks Available
There are various types of multipoint locks available, each with a different function. They include:
- Keyed with American cylinder: This type of multipoint lock uses a thumb turn inside to lock or unlock exterior doors. A key is required to open the door from the outside. The Rockwell RS Multipoint Triple Latch Lock is a great example.
- Non-keyed: This type of lock requires levers to operate the latch mechanism, not a key. Patio doors typically use this type of lock. The Rockwell 200 series Multipoint Lock can be used for your patio doors.
- Non-keyed with a thumb turn inside: This type of lock can only lock and unlock a door from the inside with a thumb turn. This style is typically used for privacy purposes — a bathroom is a perfect example.
- Non-keyed with active/inactive doors: Some doors, like privacy French doors, may have one inactive door, which can have a non-keyed handle. The active door, however, would have a keyed handle.
- Dummy locks: This type of lock is basically out of order. It only serves aesthetic purposes and nothing else. French doors are an excellent example of dummy locks.
It’s worth mentioning that europrofile locks are compatible with multipoint lock systems, and they can be easily included as part of the installation process.
Install Premium Hardware Multipoint Locks Into Your Doors
Now you know the multiple benefits of using a multipoint lock system in your home. For a quick recap, the benefits of using this type of locking system include:
- Increased security
- Reduced wear and tear
- Increased energy efficiency
- Potential for better insurance and premiums
Convenience, ease of use and security are essential, but you shouldn’t have to trade security for elegance. At Premium Hardware, our products are stylish and durable, including our multipoint locks. Browse our selection of residential multipoint lock hardware to see what would suit your needs.