Not only are UPVC locks complicated locking mechanisms requiring precise installation, there are literally over 400 sizes and types of multipoint locks that can be used in UPVC/Double Glazed and composite doors. At Kingdom Keys, we specialise in UPVC Locks. With so many different sizes and types you need a locksmith that knows their locks. We provide solutions to fix your lock problems more quickly, efficiently and at the most honest prices of any local locksmith.
Where a lock has completely failed to open with its key, we have a 100% track record for fixing faulty door mechanisms in a single call out and that is because we are one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, mobile carries of Multipoint locks.
UPVC Door Locks
These lock types fit inside the edge of the door. The Lock is a strip running from top to bottom along the edge of the door which has been morticed down the side in the door. When the handle is lifted up on either side of the door, all the locking points on the edge engage into the keeps located on the side of the door frame. The key is then turned 360 degrees to be dead locked. Some models have a key wind action that allows the key to rotate 720 degrees to aid the lock bolts or hooks to wind in, out or up & down along the locking strip on the door lock edge. This type of key wind lock has a non-moving pull pad style handle on the outside of the door & on the inside a handle to push down to be able to exit.
Top 9 Faults on UPVC Door:
- The key will not fit inside the lock & will not turn.
- The door has dropped and started catching on to the frame.
- It is difficult to lift the handle up or turn the key to lock the door.
- The door unlocks, but you cannot get the key out.
- The handles become floppy or will not spring back up to their 90 degrees position.
- The mechanism unlocks but the door fails to open.
- The key will not fully rotate round to allow for the handle to be pulled down.
- The key just spins around and around in the lock.
- The handles or letterbox is broken.
UPVC Window Locks
The most common call I get for UPVC Window lock repair is the loss of keys. It is not all that uncommon for a new home owner to find that the previous owner either lost the keys, or simply did not leave them behind.
For security and safety reasons as well as insurance requirements everyone needs a set of keys for their UPVC Window locks.
It is possible to get new keys or extras, provided the window is fairly new. What I have found to be the case with windows 10 years or older, the keys are either no longer made, or they are so difficult to find it takes a tremendous amount of time to locate them. In cases like this I normally recommend that we replace the old Espag window handles with new ones. This is a quick and relatively inexpensive fix, about £5 -£8 each.
Windows made of aluminium typically have cockspur & fork drive window handles. These handles are considerably more than Espag handles, as much as £64.00 each. This cost is largely driven by the suppliers who know it is far less expensive to replace the handle than it is to replace the whole window. So if you want your aluminium windows to lock or to be insured, you’ll need to replace these handles.