What is the difference between a deadbolt and a single latch? 1

here we can tell the difference between a deadbolt and a single latch! The most obvious is where the standard US door is set up. The deadbolt is the lock at the top of the door and the single latch is for the lock space under it.


They look different as well. The single latch has a rounded or curved shape at the end. This shape allows it to  push back or retracted slightly when the door is closed. The latch is spring loaded so it snaps back into the hole in the door frame; re-locking the door. So the single latch locks automatically.


The deadbolt is not rounded at the end. It is a solid piece of metal that is extended or retracted in & out of the door frame hole by a motor, turn knob or key. Many people consider the deadbolt more secure than a single latch because it is a solid piece of metal that gets locked into place. It cannot be made to lock automatically.


The other major difference between a single latch lock and a deadbolt lock, the single latch lock has a door handle and the deadbolt lock does not.

difference between a deadbolt and a single latch

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Alexis Roberts

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One comment on “What is the difference between a deadbolt and a single latch?

  1. Warren Locksmith Oct 16, 2011 4:21 pm

    Dead bolts are absolutely safer – and I’d know, I’m a professional locksmith!

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