uPVC Door and Window Maintenance
Is your uPVC door not closing properly? Does it have a stiff handle or is becoming difficult to lock?
There is a common misconception that uPVC doors and windows are completely maintenance free. However, locking and hinge mechanisms require attention from time to time to avoid causing damage. By following these simple steps, you can minimise wear and tear and resolve common faults.
Next, test that the door is correctly aligned with three simple tests:
1. Close the door.
Push the door closed. It should smoothly click shut, with the latch, without slamming.
2. Does it rattle?
The door, whilst on the latch, should not rattle in the frame, and seal. there is normally some adjustment needed on the strike plate to adjust where the door clicks shut.
3. Lift the door handle.
3. Once closed on the latch, lift the handle to throw the rollers and bolts. Is this stiffer in operation than when the door was open? If you need to use excess force to throw the boltwork, this will eventually break the gearbox on the locking strip requiring expensive renewal. This means that one or more of the bolts or rollers is not correctly aligned with the corresponding pocket or plate in the frame.