Having a single key that can unlock multiple doors, known as a master key, provides many benefits in a variety of instances. Reducing costs by not needing to get so many keys cut is just one example.
In addition, having a single key, as opposed to a large bunch of keys, is a lot easier to control. Which means you can save yourself the time needed to document and maintain an accurate record of which key is which.
Master Key Uses
The most obvious uses for a master key system are owners of business premises, schools or any other large building requiring controlled access to multiple doors. However, homeowners with more than one patio door, for example, will also find this system useful.
Another excellent example we have experienced at GPM Locks is landlords with multiple properties. In addition, landlords with a single property which requires controlled access to each room, such as shared student accommodation will also find this system beneficial. Read on to find out more about how this works without giving each tenant access to all the same doors the landlord can access.
Suited Master Key System
By suiting keys, we can create a hierarchical system of key control. Take the landlord example mentioned above. We can install locks on the front doors of multiple properties that al work on the same master key. We give that key to the landlord. The key provided to the tenant only works on the front door to the property that they rent. Which means that the landlord only needs to carry a single key for all of their properties.
To give the landlord peace of mind that their tenants aren’t making duplicates to keep after their tenancy ends, each key is on a restricted pattern. Which means that the tenant can’t make duplicates. A code is provided with each lock and key combination. If that lock gets broken, or the keys get lost, all we need is the code to get a new one cut and delivered to your door. We can keep a record of your codes for you if you wish.
This system can be taken one step further when locks are required on internal doors within a property. For example, shared/student accommodation where the tenant requires access to the front door and their room, this can be achieved on a single key. The landlord would still only require a single key to access the property and all internal rooms.