Do you know what type of lockset best suits what function? Whether you’re a homeowner, repair professional, or building contractor, differentiating among the over 50 types of lock designs can be bewildering. Hardware stores typically list parts by their official names, most of which are largely unfamiliar. Shopping for the right lock is tricky if you don’t know what exactly you are seeking.

Fortunately, 99 percent of construction projects use just any of five standard types of locksets. Other designs are used for very rare occasions, but there are only five models used in Toronto and anywhere else in the world.

Types of Standard Locksets

There are five basic types of locksets used in homes and buildings, and their features vary slightly. Knowing which lockset to use, instead of merely asking for the “regular” kind when you visit the hardware store, will help make the search much easier and faster.

  1. Entry Lockset

The entry lockset function is the most used in different structures, whether for residential or commercial use. It consists of a button in the interior knob/lever, which allows you to lock it from inside. It can then be unlocked from the outside using a compatible key (or if somebody from the inside twists the knob to open it). The majority of front doors are equipped with this locket type. Some homes also have this for the back entry.

  1. Privacy Lockset

Contrary to popular belief, the privacy lockset is not a security function but is mainly used to prevent somebody from accidentally accessing a private space. You can find this type of lockset in changing rooms and restrooms so that the person inside can have some time alone. A privacy lock function usually locks using a push button from the inside. It will not have a key function on the exterior. However, in case of an emergency, it will have a tiny hole outside that can be used to unlock it using a paperclip or a similar tool.

  1. Passage Lockset

This lockset is intended for areas that offer free access for people to go in and out. Typically installed in closets, it will not have a locking ability. It will not have any thumb runs, keys, or buttons. The passage lockset keeps your door attached to the frame, allowing you to open and close freely but not lock it.

  1. Storeroom Lockset

This lockset type can be opened from the inside and is always locked, making it a popular option for storage rooms and supply closets. It will not have a button or thumb turn inside. The upside is that anybody who remains in the space when the door closes won’t have to worry about being locked in. More importantly, those who want to enter the area will need a key to open it. The door will stay locked as long as you keep it closed.

  1. Classroom Lockset

The classroom locket function’s structure is similar to the storage lockset, and the only difference is that this one can be left unlocked. It is a preferred solution for conference rooms and classrooms or any area where you don’t want to leave the door open unless somebody is authorized to operate it. With a full turn, you can unlock or lock the lever so that only the person who has the right key can leave the door open and accessible. \

Knowing the type of lockset is the key to understanding how your entryways and exits function. It also helps you to communicate what you need better with the hardware clerk or your installer. Working closely with your professional contractor can make your space renovation or building project go faster and more efficiently. If you need more guidance on the right types of locksets you need for certain areas in your home or place of business, GR Locksmith can help. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 647-559-2255.