In today's world, security is more important than ever before. With the rise of technology and the increasing use of smart devices, it's no surprise that smart door locks are quickly becoming a popular choice for homeowners looking to upgrade their home security.
Smart door locks are electronic locks that can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app or connected to a smart home system. These locks offer a variety of benefits, including convenience, improved security, and peace of mind. With a smart door lock, homeowners can easily monitor and control access to their homes, even when they're not there.
One of the sophistication of smart door locks is their feature to provide a multi-point locking system. Multi-point locks provide multiple points of contact between the door and the door frame, making it much more difficult for an intruder to force the door open. This makes smart door locks with multi-point locks an incredibly effective deterrent against burglary and home invasion.
However with the different intricacies and design sophistication for each of these variants, many confusing customers are raising different technical questions most especially the compatibility. And to specifically address these concerns, we have come up of a way to answer these and get them more acquainted with smart door locks.
Frequently Asked Questions: The Connected Shop Smart Door Locks and Multi-Point Lock Compatibility
What is a multi-point lock?
A multi-point lock is a locking mechanism that provides additional points of contact between the door and the door frame. Instead of a single latch that engages with the strike plate on the door frame, multi-point locks use multiple bolts or hooks that engage with the strike plate at various points along the door frame.
Typically, multi-point locks have three or more locking points, with one bolt or hook located at the top of the door, one at the bottom, and one or more along the side of the door. Some multi-point locks also have additional bolts or hooks that engage with the top and bottom of the door frame. Multipoint locks extend most, if not, the full height of the door and have multiple locking points along the edge of the door.
What is a single-point lock?
A single-point lock is a locking mechanism that uses a single latch or bolt to secure a door in place. This type of lock engages with a strike plate on the door frame, typically located near the center of the door, and is operated by a key or a thumb turn on the inside of the door.
Single-point locks are commonly found on residential doors, such as front doors, back doors, and interior doors. While they offer basic security, they are not as secure as multi-point locks because they only provide one point of contact between the door and the door frame, making it easier for an intruder to force the door open.
Here are some of the single-point locks available in our store.
What's the difference between having a single-point and multi-point lock?
The main difference between a single-point lock and a multi-point lock is the number of points of contact between the door and the door frame when the lock is engaged.
A single-point lock uses a single bolt or latch to secure the door in place and engages with a strike plate on the door frame. This means that there is only one point of contact between the door and the frame. Single-point locks are commonly found on residential doors, such as front doors, back doors, and interior doors.
On the other hand, a multi-point lock uses multiple bolts or hooks that engage with the strike plate at various points along the door frame, providing additional points of contact between the door and the frame. Multi-point locks typically have three or more locking points, with one bolt or hook located at the top of the door, one at the bottom, and one or more along the side of the door. Most commonly multi-point locks are embedded into the door frame making it more difficult for intruders to break.
Do you have a multi-point smart door lock?
Yes, we have various multi-point smart door locks available in our store. Check each photo for the product links.
I have a multi-point lock currently installed in my door, what are the steps I need to do?
When it comes to existing multi-point locks, our team of experts always recommend that it is always the safest and reliable method to remove the existing multi-point lock and replace it with a new multi-point lock from us. This is to ensure that the compatibility is not compromised. Many commercial multi-point locks have a different locking system, if you can notice they follow a specific rule of embedding the mortise along the door frame and the two (2) separate deadbolts found on top and bottom.
If we insist on pairing two different settings of multi-point lock to make them work is not feasible. This is due to the great difference with their locking system design. Hence, our Tech Team recommends removing the existing multi-point lock first and get a new recommendation from us.
I have a multi-point lock but I don't want to modify my door. How should I move forward since I want your smart door lock installed?
That's the tricky part with our size inquiry process as some customers don't want to perform any door modifications as it would void the warranty of the existing lock. With that case given, there's nothing we can do to move forward. We can't give a solid assurance that our multi-point smart door locks will work smoothly with an existing multi-point lock system that its not designed for it.
Can I remove the mortise only and leave the extra two (2) deadbolt on my existing multi-point lock? Is that possible?
We have encountered many interested customers that have this modification idea which is not entirely surprising. Many homeowners are fond of that extra two (2) deadbolts many multi-point locking systems have because it offers sturdy security for possible intrusion.
However, it must be known that these extra two (2) deadbolts are being controlled by an extra knob that's also connected to the locking system of the multi-point lock. Hence, there's no way that you can keep both of the deadbolt and just remove the mortise itself from the setup. Even More so, there's no guarantee that replacing the mortise only with our product would work.
Can you install multipoint locks on any doors?
Yes, definitely. Multi-point locks can generally be installed on most types of doors, including wood, metal, or uPVC doors. However, it is important to ensure that the door is compatible with the multi-point lock mechanism before installation.
The size and type of the door may impact the installation process and the type of multi-point lock that can be used. It is also important to note that installing a multi-point lock may require additional preparation work, such as drilling additional holes in the door or modifying the door frame to accommodate the locking points.
For this reason, it is recommended to have a professional locksmith or door installer perform the installation to ensure that the multi-point lock is installed correctly and that the door operates smoothly and securely.
Do you have a professional locksmith that can help me with the installation? How much does it cost?
We work with many professional locksmiths that can assist you with your installation, we just need you to provide your complete address including the zip code. With regards to their professional fee it is not within the bounds of our agreement. It's an agreement between the installer and the direct customer. We strongly suggest that you try to strike a deal with them personally.
Are multi-point locks more expensive than the single-point locks?
Multi-point locks are generally more expensive than single-point locks, as they are more complex and require additional hardware to install. The cost of a multi-point lock will depend on a variety of factors, including the type and quality of the lock, the size of the door, and the complexity of the installation process.
In addition to the cost of the lock itself, installing a multi-point lock may also require additional labor costs, especially if modifications need to be made to the door or door frame.
Can I personally install a multi-point lock by myself?
Installing a multi-point lock by yourself can be challenging, especially if you do not have experience with locksmithing or door installation. It is recommended to have a professional locksmith or door installer perform the installation to ensure that the lock is installed correctly and provides the necessary security.
If you do decide to install a multi-point lock yourself, it is important to carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions and to use the correct tools and hardware for the job. You will also need to ensure that the door and door frame are properly prepared for the installation, which may involve drilling additional holes or making modifications to the door and frame.
Does multi-point lock work with sliding doors?
Multi-point locks are typically designed for hinged doors, rather than sliding doors. However, there are multi-point locks available that are specifically designed for sliding doors.
These types of multi-point locks typically work by using hooks or bolts that engage with the door frame at multiple points along the top and bottom edges of the door. This provides additional points of contact between the door and the frame, increasing the security of the sliding door.
Do you have any other questions about multi-point locks? Do you have more questions about our smart door locks? Do you need assistance in figuring out which smart door lock you should be getting and what is the correct size that fits your door? Talk to us and our team of technical experts will assist you with your inquiries not stated in the list above. You can also send us an inquiry by submitting a form here.