If you ever had any kind of property like a house or business, chances are you have encountered a UPVC door or window. UPVC doors are commonly used in properties because of their lightweight feel and versatility as a framing material for doors and windows.
Numerous locksmiths claim to offer services for UPVC doors and windows, and many of them also claim to specialize in UPVC doors. But what exactly are UPVC doors?
What are UPVC doors and windows?
The famous UPVC material is commonly used but not a lot of people know what it actually is. UPVC actually stands for Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride. This material is a durable, low-maintenance material often used for doors and window frames. You can commonly see it as the all-white frame lining glazed doors and windows.
Doors and windows made from UPVC often require a specific mechanism known as a multipoint lock. These are often mechanisms embedded into the frame of the door to connect the handle and the cylinder lock. In addition to maintaining these mechanisms, UPVC locks also need to have durable cylinder locks, with the most common being euro cylinders.
In a multipoint mechanism, there are three bolts or hooks that lock the door in place with the frame. Once the door handle is released, the three bolts will move into place to secure the door firmly in place. From there, turning the key in the cylinder lock in the mechanism will lock the bolts in place.
Such mechanisms are particularly common among uPVC doors. However, they are also widely used in other door types such as composite doors, aluminium doors, and wooden doors. These types are generally lighter and easier to force entry with so using multipoint mechanisms are ideal to make the door more sturdy and secure. By using multipoint locking mechanisms, the doors are tethered more tightly to the door frame and less prone to break-ins.
How to know if your UPVC doors need repair?
Many locksmiths advertise UPVC door repairs also because of the number of doors that often malfunction. UPVC door mechanisms can face so many issues with the locking or the door alignment. If you feel that your UPVC door is somehow having issues, we recommend that you get them checked immediately. UPVC doors are relatively easy to diagnose and fix, but the cost to repair them can easily skyrocket once the components break down completely. Moreover, these can cause more pressing situations such as lockouts or jammed doors which can catch you in the most unexpected times.
Signs and symptoms for detecting issues in UPVC doors and multipoint locking mechanisms can be through different ways. Prime Alert, a 24-hour locksmith service in London, provided a guide that lists signs for each part of a UPVC door mechanism that people need to look out for. These different parts include the handle, the lock, and the door. You can see the signs for each part below.
For handles, handle movement is a great indicator for checking the condition of your UPVC door mechanism. This is usually manifested in times when the handle feels stiff or requires additional effort more than the usual. If this happens, something may have been dislodged or broken inside the door mechanism.
For locks, the signs are usually auditory so you should base your inspection on sounds when you turn the lock. If the lock makes sudden clicks and unusual sounds, that may mean a component may be out of place or broken. This is also the same for when the lock movement is loose or it turns around more than it should.
Finally, the door can also exhibit symptoms of a malfunctioning multipoint mechanism. If the door becomes jammed, it is difficult to open and shut the door, or the door is shaky and a bit loose all mean an issue with your door. These symptoms can all mean different things and they are generally varied; some may be easy fixes such as tightening hinges or realigning doors, while some may require complicated repairs.
If you happen to experience any of these with your UPVC door or window and it increasingly becomes worse, we highly suggest to call a trusted locksmith with expertise in UPVC before it develops into a jammed door or emergency lockout.
UPVC Door Repairs in Belfast
As specialists in all UPVC mechanisms, D&M Locksmiths guarantees first-class service for all UPVC-related repairs. If you’re having an issue with the locking mechanism on your door, it is advised to get the issue fixed as soon as possible. These conditions on UPVC doors will eventually lead to a door that’s jammed closed and unable to be opened with the key, which might leave you locked outside of your home.
The costs of repairing UPVC doors can vary depending on which components need to be replaced or repaired. For UPVC Repairs, prices start at £130 for repairs while non-BS Standard euro cylinder fittings are priced around £75. Call us now to speak directly to our expert locksmiths and get free quotations for the services you need.
CALL A LOCKSMITH NOW IN BELFAST AND NORTHERN IRELAND
If you’re looking for fully experienced emergency locksmiths that offer high-quality services for affordable prices, call D&M locksmith any time of the day and we will respond to your location as quickly as possible.
We cover a wide range of areas in Belfast and surrounding areas, including Newtownabbey, Ballymena, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Larne, and Newtownards.
Our lock change and repair services start at only £75 and we strictly follow a fixed price quote that includes everything from call-out to labour. For euro cylinder lock changes on uPVC doors, our services start at as low as £75.
Our team of locksmith specialists is available 24/7 to respond to any emergency call-outs and answer inquiries about our services. If you are unsure whether we offer the service you need, give us a call and we’ll gladly do our best to attend to your situation.
Call us now at 02895-320213 for all inquiries on our services and prices.