Multi-Point Locking System Delivers Security for Entry Doors; Trend Drives Double-Digit Growth in Sales

MAUMEE, Ohio (January 13, 2005) – One of the hottest trends for entry doors today is an innovative lock. More and more of today's doors come equipped with a multi-point locking system that adds security and stability to standard and tall double doors found on many new homes.

According to the Home Safety Council, unlocked or improperly locked doors and windows are responsible for nearly half of all home break-ins. But a locking system from Therma-Tru Doors for its entry and patio door systems gives homeowners improved security and safety.

"The trend toward multi-point locks started in Europe, where greater housing density demands more security," said Jeff Shilakis, President of Hoppe North America, which manufacturers the innovative multi-point locking system in Ft. Atkinson, Wis. "Police recommend a lock that connects at more than one point, and the multi-point lock takes that a step further. And, with today's taller doors, the multi-point lock provides a better seal and reduces air infiltration."

Multi-point locking systems enhance security because the lock engages the frame at three points, rather than only at the strike plate. They also keep the door panel seated squarely in the frame, ensuring proper alignment and weather sealing even if the house settles. And, with contemporary and traditional styles in brass, brushed nickel, black nickel, and new oil-rubbed bronze finishes, they are a beautiful complement to any door.

Shilakis said Hoppe has seen double-digit growth in sales of the multi-point locking system over the past 10 years, and expects that in the next decade, the lock will be as common as today's doorknob.

"Homeowners want beautiful, high-performance doors, but they also want doors that provide security against break-ins," said John Kufner, Product Line General Manager, Entry Door Systems, for Therma-Tru Doors. "The multi-point locking system for residential door systems increases the overall security and performance of our door offerings. As the industry leader, we are committed to offering more than just beautiful doors. We are focused on developing new products and components that improve performance and safety for builders, remodelers, contractors and homeowners."

The Therma-Tru multi-point locking system is ideal for taller doors, double door applications and patio doors. Therma-Tru offers a selection of multi-point hardware for its entire line of entry door systems. As an added benefit, the hardware is cross-compatible, which helps establish a unified design for the home and allows all entryways to be keyed alike so the homeowners can use the same key for entry and patio doors. The multi-point locking system also features a mishandling device, which employs the locking points only when the door is properly closed and latched, preventing damage to the door and trim.

"The multi-point locks have really become a hot seller," said Mike Zins, Outside Contractor Sales Manager for Gillman Lumber in Batesville, Ind. "Homeowners like it for its looks and for the added safety. Contractors like it because it is a margin-building upsell option that makes their customers feel more secure. One contractor is using the multi-point lock on a 500-unit retirement complex in Cincinnati, and another is putting it in his own home."

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