Though it may seem that burglars would shy away from the most obvious point of entry (the front door), this is simply not the case. More than 30% of burglars use the front door—whether one that is mistakenly left unlocked or one that can be easily forced open. This is why multipoint door locks have become more and more popular.
Compared to traditional door locks, multipoint locks typically have three deadbolts instead of just one. This means that doors with multipoint locks have tougher hardware which is at least three times stronger than the average lock, all else being equal.
In this guide, we discuss everything you need to know about multipoint locks so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not you need one for your home.
Let’s get started!
What Is a Multipoint Lock?
As mentioned earlier, a multipoint lock has three or more deadbolts instead of just one.
In the world of door locks, deadbolts are considered superior when it comes to the level of security that they provide. Considering that a multipoint lock has three strong deadbolts that offer increased security, it’s no surprise that the use of these locks can also lead to lower home insurance premiums.
How Do You Unlock a Multipoint Lock?
Though multipoint locks have deadbolts on three different points of the door, they are usually opened with just a single key (when unlocking from the outside) or a simple thumb turn lock (when unlocking from the inside). Some multipoint locks can even be integrated with a smart system.
The ease of opening multipoint locks—for people who have rightful access—makes these locks both safe and convenient. In case of emergencies, residents from the inside can quickly open the door. Also, if residents need quick access to the safety of their home from the outside, one key is usually all it takes.
Though having separate locks (e.g. doorknob with an aftermarket deadlock) may also give added security from intruders, they are still not as safe or convenient as multipoint locks. In terms of security, multiple deadbolts will outweigh a doorknob and deadlock combination. Furthermore, having multiple keys for opening one door causes a delayed entry into the house—which can be risky in some circumstances.
Are Multipoint Locking Systems Worth It?
Yes, and here are three reasons why:
1. Enhanced Home Security
The most well-known benefit of having a multipoint door lock is that you’ll get enhanced home security. We have mentioned this throughout this guide, but we cannot emphasize it enough. Deadbolts are considered very strong door locks—and multipoint locks have three.
2. Better Insurance Premiums
In connection with the enhanced security that a multipoint door lock can provide, these locks can lower home insurance premiums. Many home insurance premiums offer coverage for break-ins, burglaries, and theft. Multipoint locks can lower premiums for home insurance because the risk of the perils mentioned earlier will be reduced.
If you’re focused on this particular benefit, make sure to ask your insurance provider the following questions before investing in multipoint locking systems:
- Will multipoint locks affect your premium?
- If the answer is yes, is there a specific brand of multipoint lock that they recommend?
- Is a multipoint lock on only your front door enough to lower your home insurance premium—or would you need this type of lock on all external doors?
3. Reduced Wear and Tear for the Door
Another lesser-known benefit that multipoint locks offer is reduced wear and tear on your door. Because three deadbolts support the door while locked, there is less weight and strain on the door’s hinges. This also reduces the likelihood of a sagging door.
Determining If Your Door Supports This Mechanism
Multipoint door locks are usually installed on hinged doors, however, they can be installed on sliding doors as well. It is important to remember that the mechanism varies depending on whether the multipoint lock is for a hinged or sliding door so make sure to read the product description carefully while shopping for a multipoint door lock.
In addition, if your previous door had a different kind of lock or a set of locks, it’s recommended to consult a professional before buying multipoint locks. Installing multipoint locks means that matching boreholes would be needed (one for each deadbolt)—and your door’s frame would need to be able to accommodate this change.
As a final note on lock compatibility, multipoint locks can work with wooden, steel, and fibreglass doors. The door’s material is typically not a problem here. However, homeowners need to be aware that changing locks for certain door materials (e.g. steel or fibreglass) may be more challenging and not recommended as DIY projects.
How Much Does a Multipoint Door Lock Cost?
Because multipoint door locks have more hardware components than other locks (e.g. doorknobs, deadlocks, or single-point deadbolts), multipoint locks also tend to cost more. The usual cost of multipoint locks starts at around $150.
Take Your Home Security to the Next Level with Burano Doors
Strong hardware, like a multipoint door lock, is only one aspect of home security. To further enhance your home’s security, durable steel doors are highly recommended. These doors are much more difficult to break or damage than traditional wooden doors or older doors that have experienced years of wear and tear.
If you want a durable and stylish steel door with a multipoint lock to match, contact us today!