Multi-point locks are pretty self-explanatory: they bolt the door at multiple points. Typically, entry doors on a home will have a 1-inch deadbolt but this isn’t enough to keep a door secure against a basic attack such as being kicked in. Why?
The physics behind a multi-point lock are simple: it distributes the pressure of a brute force attack (such as a kick-in) across multiple locking points instead of being absorbed by a single point, like a 1-inch deadbolt. By dispersing the force across multiple locking points, a door can resist more impacts and more pressure.
There are many different multi-point locks on the market, and these locks should never be judged simply by the number of bolts they have because there are many different ways to attack a lock that does not involve pure brute force.
Multi-point locks are essential in any high-security door and at Shield we offer two types: the Mottura 85 series mechanical lock and the Fiam X1R motorized lock.
Physically, the two are very similar and have the same security rating under European standard EN 12209. So you don’t lose security by choosing one over the other. The big difference is that the Fiam motorized lock allows you to integrate a range of access control options such as keypads and biometrics and also to tie the door in with a home automation system.
These locks also allow us to have up to 20 locking points on Shield doors: 10 on the lock side, 1 each into the top of the jamb and the threshold, and 8 on the hinge side.
In the next post, we’ll look at the importance of a solid door jamb (a.k.a frame). Because a door is only as strong as its lock, and a lock is only as strong as the door jamb.
The majority of our clients call us because they share one big concern: keeping their families safe. Most aren’t motivated to install high security doors to protect their fine art or jewelry collection – that’s all insured. But spouses and children aren’t replaceable.
We try to identify how and where our clients will get the greatest bang for their buck, and this is especially important when working on a limited budget. Assuming the budget only allows for one door, we usually recommend replacing the master bedroom door (for families without children) or a passageway door that leads to the bedrooms (for families with children). Then we train our clients to lock that door at night.
Installing a high security door on a bedroom addresses the greatest number of security scenarios that can be achieved with a single door.
And of course, by matching the other doors in your home you can ensure that your high security door does not stand out or draw any special attention. Because the secret to good security…is to keep it a secret.