Whatever door or window it might be, mechanical or electrical locks are needed in most cases. By choosing the right security product you can ensure the protection of doors and windows. To decide which product is best suited to the given situation, the following questions should be answered as a starting point.
Mechanical or electric locks are needed?
In most cases, the purpose of use is decisive. The purely mechanical solutions mainly serve as physical protection and barrier creation. Here, therefore, the focus is on the security, defense function.
The security function is important also in the case of electric locks, but this is supplemented by the supervision, automation and remote control functions.
What type of lock are you looking for?
Both mechanical and electric locks consist of products of many different types, constructions and purposes of use. To find the right product, you should first determine the goal to be achieved.
You typically have to answer questions such as how you want to use that particular door, window, what type of room you want to close, and for which purpose and for whom is it allowed to enter, etc.
The main groups of products are tailored to the main applications and main product lines. By reading the description of the main groups, you can quickly get an idea of what for the product line is typically used.
How high are your security requirements?
One of the most important characteristics of security products, including locks is the level of protection they provide and to be expected from them.
The security features of locks mainly depend on their physical design, construction, resistance values and quality of production materials and accuracy of the manufacturing process. Equally important is the working principle of locks. The availability of certain functions is tied to a specific operating principle.
From the aspect of protection the most important are the type of attack and the amount of force the lock is able to withstand.
We use pictograms to help you identify the difference between locks, to show the main security features and the provided security level of a certain aspect. Naturally the description and technical data of locks also serve presentation and distinction.
You will find a product range with different width and depth in the various product categories. In most cases we offer alternatives with lighter resistance and lower price or choices providing more protection and features for a higher price also.
A lock of which standard and size do you need?
Doors are all made according to a certain standard. This standard ensures that the respective locks and other elements are interchangeable. A door or lock made according to a specific standard determines locks of which size and function are to be used with them.
Before buying a lock, find out a product of which standard should you look for.
In most cases an already existing lock has to be replaced. In this case the easiest way to determine the standard is to examine and measure the distinctive features of the lock.
What features of a product group is to be attentive of, you will find in the explanations linked to the products.
If you are planning a new installation, you have to be careful about the conformity of the components, which means choosing matching locks and of a specific standard.
Today in Europe, thus also in Hungary, typically the unified European standards are used. Concerning locks most standards are based on the German DIN standards.
Previously, different national standards were typical, so currently locks of various standards are in use in Hungary. Locks made according to Hungarian, German, Italian, Austrian and Scandinavian standards are also to be found.
Most of our locks are manufactured according to the German DIN standard.
Are you looking for a certified lock?
If a lock is certified, it means that the lock has been tested and classified according to certain criteria. If it passes the test, it will receive the certificate. Depending on its performance in different aspects, the lock receives a lower or higher rating. Official certification is made by independent rating institutions and not by the lock manufacturers themselves. Certification is a long and expensive process.
All lock manufacturers produce their locks based on certain standards. This does not mean that the lock also has a certificate according to this standard. Nevertheless, producers may also declare product ratings based on their own test results. In such a case this rating is not confirmed by an independent rating institution.
Different types of locks are often subject to various, many times to several different standards. These different standards by the products very nature are not always testing the same characteristics, partly they take different aspects into consideration. We indicate the ratings of the most important standards at each lock group.
The relevance of an official certificate issued by an independent rating institution differ in various situations. In case of a simple purchase of smaller budget or demand, the lock not having an official certificate is not necessarily a problem.
The situation is different if, for example during the installation, as well as in regard of the locks applied, strict regulations must be met. In case of a smoke or fire protection or escape route lock for example, there is no question about using an uncertified lock.
In general it is true that the more certification a lock has, the more expensive it is.
The vast majority of our locks are from abroad, the manufacturers are foreign, so the primary certificates were also issued by foreign rating institutions.
In Hungary the Association of Hungarian Insurance Companies (AHICO) gives its approval to the recommendation of the entrusted professional company performing the certification rating. The Hungarian AHICO certificate and rating usually means that the available foreign certificate is nationalized, a second version is issued in Hungarian. In some cases AHICO's entrusted company also performs its own test inspections.
If you are seeking a certified lock for compliance it is sufficient to have a valid primary certificate.
How much are you ready to spend?
The amount available for the purchase determines largely what security level and quality of a lock can be bought.
The cheaper locks usually offer lower level of protection compared to their higher-price counterparts and they also wear out faster.
Although a lock purchase is basically determined by the disposable amount, please be aware that a lock serves to protect your valuables. If you are willing to spend more to protect your values, they will be more secure.
With a better quality cylinder lock for example, you can win precious minutes that the burglar must spend extra to open your door. The longer time a burglar has to devote to the opening, the less worth it is to bother, since the chances of being caught increase with the time spent on the opening.
It is important to keep in mind also that the protection is only as strong as the weakest member of the defense points. There is no point in having a cylinder with a high level of protection for example if the door itself is very weak and can be broken easily.
If you are not picking up the lock at our site, but ask for a home delivery, do not forget the shipping cost when calculating the amount to be spent on the purchase.
How urgent is your lock purchase?
If you need the lock immediately, take care of availability when selecting a product. Generally from the products much sought or of lesser value we have continuous stock.
Lock of higher value or special design typically arrive on order, their delivery time can extend from 1-1,5 to 4-6 weeks. Procurement of such special locks is worth to be launched in time, so their lead time will not cause delays at installation.
In some cases you might want to install and use the cheapest, instantly available lock in the product category, which is suitable only for the basic function of opening ang locking, for the time the ordered higher-value item arrives.