There are different locks that help one feel safe and secure in any space they occupy or leave their belongings in. This time, our aim is to look at the padlock, and what to look for in it. What’s imperative to us is always providing you with insight that goes beyond a lock and key service.

Padlock basics: What is a padlock?

By definition, it is stated that this lock is detachable, and it hangs by a u-shaped pivoted hook on the object fastened. It is typically designed to be passed through a kink in a chain or an opening of a hasp They are usually utilised to enforce security and safety, to prevent vandalism , unauthorised use or entry, theft or harm. For more on a padlock, you can have a look at what we offer.

Where are padlocks utilised?

Generally, they are used for 2 reasons. For protection of  and prevention of unauthorised access into an area. Now, we’d like to delve into examples of the kinds of places you can use a padlocks:

  • Gate
  • Butler/Security doors
  • Steel Doors
  • Coverage of safes, or gate controls,or even generators
  • Portable safes

For more information on where exactly a padlock can be used and how you can use it, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Crux of the matter: What to look for in a padlock?

One thing we can tell you for free,  a padlock is definitely an investment. There are advantages to having extra security features on your property, be it business or your home. If you’re trying to get a padlock, here are 6 things to consider in order to pick the right one:

  1. Size counts- The bigger  the lock, the more secure it is. Truth is, this simply adds greater resistance against force and sawing.
  2. Strike Resistance- This point links with the first but mainly speaks to how much it can withstand forceful blows without actually breaking or getting damaged to a point where it doesn’t fulfill what it’s meant to do for you. Fortunately, padlocks are designed to withstand a lot as they have a high level of strike resistance. Some padlocks have rubber panels that protect against strikes or any kind of attempted vandalism.
  3. The kind of material on the body and shackle– Steel is the material that’s mainly used for high security padlocks. There are other materials used too, such as zinc, brass, stainless steel and aluminium. These are used for products, and properties with an intermediate level of security.
  4. The Shackle-  All padlocks have a shackle; this is the u-shaped metal bar that hooks over the body of the lock. In other words, the padlock you go for is as secure as its shackle., so ensure that you go for a padlock with a heavy-duty, strong shackle.
  5. Keying– Consider whether or not it will be keyed to differ or keyed alike. They are usually sold in the keyed to differ format, but it is recommended that you get one that is keyed alike as there will only be 1 master key that will work on all the keypads. This means you won’t have to keep separate keys for each padlock.
  6. A combination or key padlock– Depending on the purpose of usage, you need to weigh your options between a combination or key padlock. Have a look at the different kinds of locks we offer.

Extra Tips to consider:

  • Will the padlock be indoors or outdoors?
  • Ensuring that the shackle is long enough – depending on the space you need it for.
  • Consider the assets, property and area being protected.
  • The inside space of the ring or mounting where the padlock will be installed.

You can read our series of blogs to know about locks, keys, security,  and more. Feel free to contact us for a quote, and how we can bring safety and security to you.

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