A hasp and a latch are two types of products used as a means of locking doors, cupboards, gates and much more. Many may not be aware, but these two locking mechanisms are quite different from one another. Read all about the difference between a hasp and a latch below:


A hasp is a hinged strap of metal with a slot that, once closed, fits over a loop of metal. The task of securing this hasp requires the use of a pin or lock that can be slipped through this loop to ensure that it is held in place. However, some modern designs include a means of securing the hasp by replacing the loop with a built-in lock. Once the strap is closed over the lock, the lock is turned to secure the hasp.


On the other hand, a latch is a form of fastener that engages with either a catch, keeper, or strike plate in order to keep the door closed. There are many different types of latches. One that is frequently misidentified as a hasp is a latch known as a cabin hook. This is used to keep doors open and makes use of a hook and a loop attached to the door and wall. There are a few other types of latches that are commonly used, including latch bolts and cam latches. Latch bolts are frequently seen on doors while cam latches are more suited to holding cabinet doors closed.