Multipoint Locking Systems Explained
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Multipoint Locking Systems Explained

The most common lock for an exterior entry door is a standard deadbolt, but it’s not the only option. Some vendors we work with also offer doors with multipoint locking systems. 

In this post, we’ll explain what a multipoint lock is and answer frequently asked questions. By the end, you’ll know what a multipoint lock is and have a good idea of whether this locking system is the right choice for your doors. 

What’s a multipoint lock?

Multipoint locking systems provide an added layer of security to your front and back doors. Multipoint locks extend most, if not, the full height of the door and have multiple locking points along the edge of the door.

Close-up of multipoint locking system on door.

Close-up and side view of the multipoint locking system on a hinged entry door. Credit:↗)

The extra locking points strengthen your home’s security by providing a tighter seal along the length of the door, top-to-bottom. This compression also makes the door more weathertight than a standard door, which makes it more energy efficient.

With a standard locking system, your primary lock is in the center, usually a single deadbolt. In that case, the top and bottom of the door don’t have integrated locks which leaves the door more vulnerable to a break-in.

In the video below, you can see an example of a multipoint lock on a Milgard Ultra hinged door. Kyle, our Sales Manager, and product expert, demonstrates how the multipoint lock operates. The multipoint lock on this french door has a deadbolt in the center and a hook near the top and another near the bottom of the door. 

What type of doors have multipoint locks?

  • Entry doors
  • French doors
  • Sliding glass doors

The multipoint lock in the video above was installed on french doors, locking systems for single entry doors operate similarly. Sliding doors, however, operate differently and require a different multipoint lock.

Take a look at Milgard’s multipoint locking system for sliding patio doors in the video below. You’ll see how Milgard has designed a multipoint locking system that provides up to five locking points.


Can you install multipoint locks on any doors?

Multipoint locks can be installed on hinged doors and sliding doors but they require different systems. Whether or not you can install the multipoint lock after fabrication will depend on the door manufacturer. 

Ask your contractor what doors are available with factory-installed multipoint locks. Factory-installations will reduce the work and should protect the warranty on your door as modifications tend to void them.

Where to buy doors with multipoint locks?

Contact a local window and door supplier; their experts should be able to suggest a product that meets your needs.

Andersen, Milgard, and ProVia all offer doors with multipoint locking systems.

You can explore door options by clicking the links below.

Andersen Doors
Milgard Doors
ProVia Doors

You can also visit big box stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot – they have a wide range of products in their showrooms.

Are multipoint locks more expensive than traditional locks?

Yes, multipoint locks are more expensive than deadbolt applications; they provide added security and keep large doors from warping, for some homeowners these benefits are worth the additional expense. 

Do many of our customers choose multipoint locks?

“As an option, not usually. They are standard on Milgard and Andersen hinged doors and are required on ProVia 8’ tall fiberglass doors (not required on 8’ steel doors). Our customers either buy them because they come standard or because they are required to.”
- Kyle Strouse, Brennan Enterprises

The comfort of knowing your home is secure is priceless, that’s why we invest in security systems and cameras↗. While not everyone chooses multipoint locking systems, they’re certainly worth the consideration.

North Texas Homeowners: Interested in doors with multipoint locks for your home? Get a free quote when you schedule an in-home consultation with a member of our team. Give us a call at 817-860-9767 or submit this form to have one of our representatives reach out to you.

October 17, 2019
July 13, 2021


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