Common uPVC door problems a locksmith can fix

It’s a fact that uPVC doors are renowned for their durability. But, just like any other type of door, they can (and usually do) run into issues over time.

General wear and tear, poor installations, substandard hardware and even harsh weather conditions – like extreme heat, cold, rain or sunlight – can cause uPVC doors to deteriorate faster.

That’s right, uPVC doors are actually more delicate and temperamental than many of us imagine.

However, a little bit of maintenance, and uPVC door repairs when things go wrong, can help your doors last longer.

Here, Nick talks you through some of the most common issues and how to prevent them.

6 Typical uPVC door problems

There are plenty of ways that uPVC doors can encounter difficulties, from door handle issues to faulty locking mechanisms.

Here are six of the most common uPVC door problems that I can help you with:

1. Misalignment issues

The problem: It’s quite common for uPVC doors to become misaligned due to everything from temperature changes to general wear and tear. This misalignment can make it difficult to close or lock the door properly.

What causes it: Changes in temperature and humidity can cause frames and panels to warp. Meanwhile, structural movements, such as ‘settling’ or foundation issues, can also cause uPVC doors to become misaligned.

How to prevent it: It’s a good idea to regularly check for signs of misalignment. Look out for gaps between the door and frame or issues closing the door smoothly. Adjust the hinges, if necessary, to ensure proper alignment.

2. Faulty lock mechanisms

The problem: It’s common for uPVC door-locking mechanism problems to crop up when the mechanism becomes worn out or faulty. Unsurprisingly, this can often lead to issues with locking and unlocking the door.

What causes it: Like any other component, uPVC doors stop working as effectively over time with regular use. Continuous opening and closing can lead to hinges, handles, and locking mechanisms to wear down.

How to prevent it: One quick and easy solution is to avoid slamming your uPVC doors. This can cause damage to the hinges, frame and locking mechanism over time. Gentle closing of your doors can maintain their integrity.

3. Broken handles or hinges

The problem: Handles and hinges can break or become loose, making it difficult to operate your uPVC doors.

What causes it: Low-quality uPVC doors or hardware components can be more prone to issues like warping, cracking and breaking. These types of issues can quickly impact how well your doors operate.

How to prevent it: I always recommend investing in high-quality hardware components, including hinges, handles, locks and cylinders. Paying a little extra for quality hardware can help to ensure their durability and reliability.

4. Stiff or jammed locks

The problem: Over time, dirt, dust or rust can build up in the lock mechanism causing it to become stiff or jammed.

What causes it: Regular maintenance is essential to keep uPVC doors in good condition. Failure to clean and lubricate locks, hinges, and other moving parts, can lead to stiffness, corrosion or jamming.

How to prevent it: Clean the lock with a soft brush from time to time and spray the key with a silicone-based lubricant to lubricate the internal mechanism. Also, replace your keys if they become damaged or bent.

5. Drafts or leaks

The problem: If your uPVC door is not properly sealed, it can allow drafts or water leaks to creep in, especially around the edges of the frame. In a wet and windy country like ours, this can be a real nightmare.

What causes it: Poorly installed uPVC doors can lead to various issues down the line. If the door frame isn’t properly aligned or sealed during the installation, you’re more likely to encounter drafts or leaks down the line.

How to prevent it: Ensure your uPVC door is installed by a qualified professional. Regularly check the seals around the door for signs of wear or damage and replace them if necessary to prevent drafts, leaks and energy loss.

6. Key snapped in the lock

The problem: A key snaps off inside the lock, making it difficult to remove without causing further damage.

What causes it: Problems with keys – such as bending, snapping or getting stuck in the lock – can cause issues with uPVC doors. Using the wrong type of key or forcing a key into the lock is often the root cause of the problem.

How to prevent it: Always ensure you’re using the right key for your uPVC door lock and avoid using brute force.

uPVC door problems? Call Kew Locksmith Southport

If you run into any issues with your uPVC doors, such as misalignment, a faulty lock mechanism, broken locks, handles or hinges, or drafts and leaks, be sure to address them quickly.

Ignoring these kinds of common problems can lead to further damage to your doors and potentially more costly repairs later down the road.

The best way to solve any nagging uPVC door problems is to enlist the help of a locksmith. If you’re based in and around Southport, Formby or Ormskirk, I can help.

I’ll pinpoint the issue and fix the faulty component or mechanism in no time, getting your uPVC door functioning smoothly and effectively once more.

If your door is beyond repair or you want to enhance your security, I can replace the lock or even the entire door with a new, high-security uPVC door if necessary.

Plus, I can perform routine maintenance on your uPVC door, which may include lubricating the mechanism and checking its alignment, to ensure it lasts the distance.

For uPVC door repairs, book an appointment with Nick today on 07454 416582.

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