If you are looking to purchase new locks for your UPVC door, there are a few important points you need to take into consideration. UPVC doors are a very common feature in modern homes and with so many different manufacturers it can be hard to identify the locking mechanism used in your door if you ever need to replace it. It is essential that you purchase the exact right type of mechanism; otherwise, the door may not latch properly, meaning you have done more harm than good. In order to determine the type of UPVC door lock you will need, you need to know the manufacturer of your door, as well as the model and any markings.
Tips For Purchasing a Replacement
Typically, UPVC door manufacturers stick a small range of different kinds of locks for UPVC doors. This can narrow down the search for a replacement lock if you are aware of the manufacturer. Search the door for a label either near the foot or the head of the door. Secondly, you will need to identify the actual UPVC door lock mechanism used in your door. Some of the more popular manufacturers include Maco, Yale, Lockmaster, Avocet, Mila, Era, Saracen, and Winkhaus. These are all quality lock manufacturers and it is usually best to replace your current lock with a lock from the same manufacturer if possible.
If you have a lock that needs to be replaced, you will need to know the measurements of your broken lock. If the lock you are replacing is multi-point, you will also need to know the position of each point in the door as well. This way the door still functions as it is meant to, while providing your family the safety and security you have come to expect. A UPVC door lock is very easy to replace, so you will not need any special hardware other than a screw driver to install it.
Can UPVC door locks be repaired?
The answer is yes and no. Sometimes all that is wrong with a lock is a broken spring that engages the locking mechanism after the key is turned. While this is an easy repair for someone who is familiar with locks, getting the parts is often harder than going out and spending a few pounds to purchase an entirely new lock.
UPVC locks are cheaper than their metal counterparts, so if you are experiencing a problem with your current lock, it is probably a better bet to purchase a similar replacement than to try and repair your current lock.
Locksmiths can repair the lock if you do not want to go through the hassle of changing the lock yourself, but it is more likely the locksmith will replace the lock and charge you for the installation service instead of repairing your existing lock.
What are some of the problems associated with UPVC locks?
While UPVC locks are cheaper than metal locks, they are not without their share of problems. UPVC is a flammable material and will burn just as wood will. UPVC has a lower melting point than metal and while this is not a traditional problem, it could present a problem in the event your family needs to escape from the home due to fire.
Some of the UPVC door lock problems encountered by owners through every day use include euro-cylinders getting stuck or refusing to budge, resulting in the key not working, the spring to the multi-point parts of the lock breaking so these do not function, and the mushroom rollers not coming into contact properly with the rest of the lock. Most of these are a quick fix and do not require full replacement of the lock, though the extent of the problem can only be determined once the lock has been removed from the door. If there is a problem with the mechanism inside the door and the door is a sealed unit, the entire door may need to be replaced.
Which UPVC locks are best?
As with anything you buy, you want to make sure you are getting a quality product that will function exactly the way you want. The previous brands mentioned at the beginning of the article all produce quality UPVC locks in several different styles, including mushroom roller, roller, deadbolt, and small hook locks. The type of lock you purchase will depend on the type of door you need to place it in. For front doors, the deadbolt style of lock is recommended. For screen doors and sliding glass doors, mushroom rollers and small hooks are usually sufficient. Remember, if you are replacing the lock in your current door, you will need to purchase the same type of lock that you are replacing, otherwise the locking mechanism might not function properly and this is something you want to avoid when taking the safety of your family into consideration.