Upvc doors have been around for
the last 25 years or so, and have become somewhat of a standard to most
homes, thanks to their relatively cheap price tag and simplicity to
install nearly 90% of homes in Nottingham have them fitted.
But as my nana used to say "nothing lasts forever" and with general
wear and tear Upvc Door and Upvc lock problems will arise which can be
fixed quite easily and for a fraction of the cost of a full replacement
Below I've listed some common Upvc door and Upvc lock problems so you
can quickly identify what is wrong and what action needs to be taken,
plus I've listed the major parts of the Upvc door so you can identify
Euro Lock - This is the part you insert the key for locking and
unlocking in most cases it will have a circle where the key way is and
a narrow oval underneath some doors especially older or apartment doors
the shape is oval.
Multipoint locking system - this is the part of the lock that engages
when you lift the handle and is only visible when the door is open. It
will consist of a door latch, door bolt/hook and between 2 and 4 hooks
and/or sliders that increase the doors security.
Door keep - this is fitted to the inside of the frame and can be either
individual parts or a one piece strip that the multi point lock system
Common Upvc Door problems.
The door catches on the frame and its hard to lift the handle to lock.
A very common problem with Upvc doors is misalignment. of the
door and frame. Misalignment can be caused by a variety of factors but
the two main causes are worn hinges and incorrectly packed door panels
Because the keep and the multipoint are not aligned when you lift the
handle to engage more force is needed and increases the wear and tear
on the parts. In most cases re-alignment is a quick fix and will solve
the problem but some more serious cases the hinges may have to be
Bowed or bent door.
In some cases of burglar/vandal damage pressure applied to the Upvc
door can leave it misshaped and effect the multipoint lock and be hard
An inspection will be needed to view the damage and the possible fixes.
Euro lock problems
The most common problems are either the key wont turn to unlock the
door(this could also be a sign that the multipoint has failed...) or
you cannot remove the key after locking or unlocking. in both cases the
lock will have to be removed and either repaired or replaced.
Multipoint Lock problems
Has or is it hard to lift/engage the multipoint? do your handles
slightly droop down? these can be signs that the multi point is being
over worked or the Cam is worn.
In most cases you wont know that there is a problem till the lock fails
on you and because of the nature it will either render the door stuck
in the locked position or your unable to lock the door. Once failed the
multipoint will have to be removed and a replacement fitted.
Upvc Door Locks - upgrade
to British Standard for increased security and to comply with Insurance
As we said earlier Upvc doors have been around for 25 years or so and
unless your locks and multipoint system have been fitted in the past 4
or 5 years by a repeatable company you may not have sufficient levels
of security to protect your home and its contents or comply with your