How to clean uPVC doors?
Regular cleaning of a uPVC door is vitally essential to maintain its lustre and shine. It’s a no-brainer job; you just need a soft cloth, warm soapy solution and vacuum. Before you start, you need to open the door as wide as possible so that you can thoroughly clean even the hard to reach corners. Then, remove all the dirt and debris inside the door frame, nooks and crannies using a vacuum. Make sure that it has a soft brush nozzle to avoid leaving scratches and damage on your door. Then, wipe the uPVC door using a soft cloth with warm soapy solution consist of warm water and washing up liquid. A cup of vinegar combined with 4 cups of hot water can also do the job in removing deep-seated dirt, plus it prolongs the life and shine of the door. Put the mixture into a spray bottle to help you distribute it evenly and let it soak for about 10 to 15 minutes to soften the hard dirt. Lastly, wipe the excess water and solution with a smooth and non-abrasive rag or cloth and let it dry.
How to make a uPVC door more secure?
Most uPVC doors are equipped with a multi-point locking system, but you can still add an extra layer of security to deter burglars from entering your home by fitting either SS312 Diamond or TS007 3 Star anti-snap or a deadbolt lock. It is more secure than ordinary euro cylinder and proven tested against anti-pick, lock snapping and lock bumping. You can also install a door barricade or security bar or add hinge bolts or dog bolts as well to prevent the door from being forced open by burglars. They are inexpensive and easy to fit, so they’re ideal in making uPVC doors more resistant against violent attacks.
A door chain is also a useful addition to improve your door inexpensively, but it cannot withstand full-force attacks, so a heavy-duty strike plate lock is a better alternative. And for French doors, conservatory and patio doors that are prone to burglar attacks, fitting a Patlock is essential to strengthening their security because even if the door lock gets snapped, the door will still stay close with Patlock. And the last tip to make your door more secure is by installing a sash jammer. It can prevent the door from opening even if the entry lock is broken or opened, but it must be properly fitted so that it can do its job.
How to install alarm sensors?
Separate the sensor and the magnet, and the panel will prompt you how to mount it. Before fitting, clean the surface and remove any dirt or residue by wiping it down with a clean, wet cloth and let it dry. Then, remove the adhesive backing and place the sensor on the door frame, pressing firmly for 30 seconds. Now place the magnet on the door within one inch of the sensor. Remember to leave space for the uPVC door to open and close without making contact with the sensor. You have nothing to worry if the magnet is slightly offset because of the moulding. Place the sensor towards the top of the door so that the burglars would not notice it quickly and knock it around. Always mount the sensor inside the home or building away from the elements. Please don’t put any sensor in sheds or shops that are made of metal and keep it away from mirrors, fish tanks and thick concrete or mortar walls because will weaken the sensor’s signal.
How to change locks in uPVC doors?
Before purchasing a new lock, try to identify the brand and style of your uPVC door’s locking points first to find the perfect replacement. Then, open and close the door to check the edging and the side of the lock faceplate where you will detach the lock. Then, measure your lock to have an accurate size for your new lock.
After those preparatory steps, you can now start replacing the lock by removing the retaining screw usually located in the uPVC door’s faceplate, below the lock cylinder and keyhole with a screwdriver. Then, insert the key to the lock and turn it in either left or right for about 10 degrees to line up the cam with the body of the lock and make it loose with gentle tugging and wiggling so you that you can pull it out of the socket.
Then, you can replace it right away by inserting the key into the new cylinder and fitting it back into the socket. You just have to reverse the steps in removing the original lock cylinder until it gets into the right position. And after inserting back the screw into the lock faceplate, you can check the lock if it works smoothly and you’re done.
Why choose uPVC doors over composite?
As mentioned above, most uPVC doors come with a multi-point locking system, making it truly secure. But composite doors also have the same feature. In fact, it offers better security and more durability than a uPVC due to its build. So, the most compelling reason to consider uPVC door over composite is the price. Why? Because it costs around 60% cheaper than a composite door, and that makes a big difference if you’re working on a budget. It requires very little upkeep because you can simply wipe off dirt and stains, and it can also withstand most weather conditions. Since the life expectancy of a uPVC door is about 20 years, you can update the look and style of your door even before it reaches its expiry date with no regrets and fuss because it’s easy to replace and it’s inexpensive. Therefore it’s an excellent deal for its price.