Is your UPVC door locked shut? If you are the unlucky owner of a door that just won’t open, then the problem might lie with the door handle. Unfortunately, this could be caused by several different issues.
It’s easy to take your doors for granted and it can be extremely frustrating when your door stops working. Not only is a faulty door highly inconvenient, it also puts your home and safety at risk.
In this post, we take a look at the most common problems with old UPVC doors and how to solve them. If you’re wondering how to open a UPVC door with a broken mechanism, then read on to find out more.
How Do You Open a UPVC Door With a Broken Mechanism?
If the hookbolts are in the full lock position, you might have to try and get the hinges off first. If you can’t do this, then you are going to struggle.
If the hooks are only slightly engaged, then you might be able to lever the sash away from the frame. There is however, a risk of further damage to the door if you attempt this.
Broken Door Locks
The majority of UPVC doors are designed with two locking parts:
- A Cylinder lock where the key is inserted
- A multipoint lock that is engaged when the handle is lifted
If your door is misaligned or if there has been excessive pressure placed on the door, then it can cause damage to the locks.
To rule out any problems with the cylinder, try inserting your key and turn to unlock. If it turns freely and unlocks then the problem may lie in the multipoint lock. And this will need replacing.
If your UPVC door is not opening however, then this makes replacing the locks quite tricky.
Do not attempt to force open the door. This will only result in further damage to your door and leave your door with visible damage.
A fully trained locksmith will be required and if the damage is significant enough, you may need to contact an installer for a door replacement.
For a quick and temporary fix, try the following methods…
Tight UPVC Door Screws
If the screws are too tight then this can cause, then handle’s backplate to pinch the lock. This prevents the spring from working correctly and can cause the door to jar.
This can be rectified by loosening the screws that hold the handle to the door which will make the handle easier to turn.
Internal Springs Are Not Lubricated
Internal springs can sometimes bind against the inside of the door handle, making it difficult to operate. You can try removing the handle from the door but if you are unsure, it is best to contact an expert in case of inflicting further damage.
Broken Spring Mechanism
If your door isn’t closing as it should then there could be a problem with the lock’s spring mechanism.
Try removing the latch from the door and pressing it down with your finger. If it doesn’t fully spring back or springs back very slowly, it will need replacing.
Over time and due to changes in temperature, your door can start to drop. This can make it hard to lock, putting a strain on the mechanism.
Fortunately, the majority of UPVC doors have adjustable hinges. If you find your door catching on the frame, then it’s likely the hinges need adjusting.
UPVC Door Lock Mechanism Sticking? Common Problems With Old UPVC Doors.
UPVC door locking mechanism problems are very common in old doors and there are many reasons why your lock mechanism may be sticking.
Broken keys, rust and misalignment are the most common causes of jammed door locks.
You’ll have to call a locksmith or replace the door entirely, depending on the cause of the jammed lock.
Replacing full mechanisms can be expensive but, in many instances, unavoidable.
The gearbox is an essential part of a uPVC door’s locking mechanism and could be the reason you’re having trouble. If you have tried putting your key into the lock and it makes the familiar clicking sound (like it’s unlocking) then the problem will most likely reside with the gearbox and not the barrel lock itself.
In order to get your door open again, you will need a replacement.
Every UPVC door will require its own unique gearbox, dependent on the particular brand or model of the door. In order to ensure you get the right gearbox, you will need to look for the logo of the manufacturer.
Faulty Euro Cylinder
If the key cylinder is failing, then this will need to be replaced. You can keep cost to a minimum by replacing this part, along with additional new keys.
Changes in Temperature
The weather can cause many issues with your doors. Shrinkage and expansion can be a big problem, making it difficult for you to lock your doors.
You may feel the need to apply force when opening and closing your doors however, this can often cause further damage.
It’s very common for old UPVC doors to drop, making the door difficult to open – if at all. Modern UPVC doors are designed to adjustable, making this a quick fix.
UPVC Door Replacement
If you’re experiencing any of the above problems, a temporary fix might not be the best solution and could end up costing you more long term.
Now would be a good time to take a critical view of your doors and determine whether the time has come to replace them.
A UPVC door that is a couple of decades old, will inevitably show signs of wear and tear. It can also be a huge security risk.
A newer, more modern door will not only look substantially better, it will perform better as well.
Replacing Your UPVC Door Adds Value
Looking to add real value before you sell? A simple home improvement such as replacing your UPVC door can make a big difference, enhancing kerb appeal and value.
When it comes to your front door, it can be as simple as opting for a contemporary colour or choosing a whole new front entry. Sidelights, a porch or cover can create a whole new focus point for your home.
Replacing your UPVC door can increase accessibility. From baby strollers to wheelchairs, a door that’s easy to access will make home life that little bit easier.
You can even switch to a wider door with a lever-style handle that can be opened with an elbow.
Elevate your home’s curb appeal with a door that not only looks great but is practical too.
Call in the pros and opt for a fresh design. You will find many options offered to you by your installer.
Replacement Door Cost
During their lifetime, our doors get slammed, kicked and exposed to temperature changes.
Many of today’s doors are designed to offer great performance but if you have a door that’s decades old, it may be time to seek a replacement.
Is your current UPVC door up to the task?
If the answer is no, then take a look at our UPVC door prices below. The cost of your replacement door will be dependent on style, glazing (if you opt for any), and size.
Our guide prices however, will give you a good indication of UPVC door cost and how much you can expect to pay.
Front Door Prices (900 x 2100mm)
|Lock Type||Glass Style||Guide Price|
|Standard Roller||Arched Top Light||£575 – £675|
|High Security||Arched Top Light||£625 – £725|
|Standard Roller||Diamond Leads||£600 – £700|
|High Security||Diamond Leads||£650 – £750|
French Door Prices (White uPVC)
|French Doors Size||Door Type||Guide Price|
|1200mm x 2100mm||Fully Glazed||£950 – £1050|
|1200mm x 2100mm||Half Glazed & Plain Panel||£975 – £1075|
|1500mm x 2100mm||Fully Glazed||£1000 – £1100|
|1500mm x 2100mm||Half Glazed & Plain Panel||£1025 – £1125|
|1800mm x 2100mm||Fully Glazed||£1075 – £1175|
|1800mm x 2100mm||Half Glazed & Plain Panel||£1100 – £200|
uPVC Patio Door Prices (2 Panel)
|Patio Doors Size||Colour||Guide Price|
|1500mm x 2100mm||White||£975 – £1075|
|1500mm x 2100mm||Wood Grain||£1225 – £1375|
|1800mm x 2100mm||White||£1000 – £1100|
|1800mm x 2100mm||Wood Grain||£1250 – £1400|
|2000mm x 2100mm||White||£1050 – £1150|
|2000mm x 2100mm||Wood Grain||£1300 – £1150|
Patio Door Cost (1 Panel)
|Patio Doors Size Size||Colour||Guide Price|
|2100mm x 2100mm||White||£1375 – £1525|
|2100mm x 2100mm||Wood Grain||£1800 – £2000|
|2500mm x 2100mm||White||£1450 – £1600|
|2500mm x 2100mm||Wood Grain||£1875 – £2075|
|3000mm x 2100mm||White||£1550 – £1700|
|3000mm x 2100mm||Wood Grain||£2000 – £2200|
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
How much do composite doors cost?
Composite doors are a great alternative to traditional timber doors and offer unparalleled thermal efficiency, security, durability and thermal performance. They are also extremely weatherproof. Composite doors consist of an insulating core that is designed to keep warm air trapped inside your home, while keeping cold air outside. This can save you a significant amount of money on your heating bills over time. The insulating core is covered with a durable and hard wearing skin which makes the composite door extremely rugged and weatherproof. Composite doors are available in a range of colours and can be customised further with decorative glass and practical additions such as cat flaps. As composite doors are a top of the range product, prices do start high. Prices for composite doors begin at £1000, increasing to £1500 depending on your choice of glazing. However, if this fits into your home improvement budget, the composite door is a fantastic addition to any home.
What Is The Difference Between French Doors and Patio Doors?
Patio doors originally related to the style of door that slides open but now has become a blanket term for other doors including French doors. French doors are hinged doors that swing outwards and, when open fully, allow access to all the space of the installation.
Are Composite Doors More Expensive Than uPVC?
Typically, yes. A composite door is more expensive than its uPVC counterpart due to the nature of how it is manufactured. Please refer to our pricing guide below to see the difference.
How Long Does It Take To Install a Composite Door?
It will take one or two installers between three to four hours to install a single composite door.
What Is A Composite Door?
A composite door has the aesthetic of a wooden door, however, it has the practicality of a uPVC door meaning it will not warp like traditional timber. A composite door is very strong and secure as it is made up of uPVC, wood, insulating foam and glass reinforced plastic.
How Do I Know If My Double Glazing Needs Replaced?
Double glazing will need replaced after a while due to the nature of the design – the gas that separates the two window panes slowly leaks out over time meaning the energy efficiency of your window is compromised. If your double glazing allows cold spots; water to seep through the frame; has cracks or chips in the window or has a build-up of condensation between the two panes of glass (misted windows), you should probably look into getting your double glazing replaced or repaired.
What Can Cause Double Glazing To Crack?
Double glazing can crack for what appears to be no particular reason at all. A sealed window unit faces constant pressure either side of the glass, however, most of the time double glazing is strong enough to deal with this. Winter can be one of the worst time for cracked glass as the difference of temperature on either side of the glass stressing it to the point it can crack.
How Do I Know If My Double Glazing Needs Repaired?
There are four tell-tale signs that your double glazed windows need repair or replaced: There are chips and cracks in the panes of glass; there is condensation (misted windows) between the two panes of glass; the window allows cold air through; water begins to seep through the frame. If your double glazing does any of these things, you may need to get your double glazing repaired or replaced.
Are composite doors cheaper than uPVC?
Composite doors are usually more expensive than uPVC doors. This is because they are made from a number of materials rather than just uPVC plastic. They will often have a wooden internal frame and insulating filling. They emulate the traditional look of wood and are available in a multitude of styles and colours. uPVC door are generally cheaper but are a good durable and low maintenance option if you are on a budget.
Which front door material is best?
There are several options when it comes to front door materials. The three most popular are wood, uPVC and composite. The material you choose will depend on what you are looking for. Wooden doors tend to be more expensive but offer a traditional style. In some instances, such as on listed buildings and in conservation areas it may be a requirement that the front door is wooden. uPVC doors are a cheaper option. They are energy efficient and durable but lack a traditional appearance. Composite doors are perhaps the best of both worlds as they are durable, low maintenance and replicate the traditional look of timber.
How much does a cheap door cost?
A cheap uPVC door can be as little as £500, especially if you are looking for a back door. Front doors tend to be more expensive than back doors and cheap ones will start from around £600. Cheap composite doors usually start from around £800 to a £1,000. The locking system and glass options you choose will also affect the price of the door.
How much should you spend on a front door?
The amount you spend on a front door will depend on the type of door you are looking for. uPVC front doors are generally cheaper than composite doors and can cost as little as £600. Composite doors start from around £800 to £1,000. If you choose more bespoke glass option or door accessories you can pay as much as £1,500 to £2,000. We recommend getting a number of quotes to see the different options that are available and compare front door prices.
How much does it cost to replace a front door?
The price of a new front door will depend on the type and style of door you choose. The cost of a replacement uPVC front door can be as little £600 or as much as £1,200. Composite doors can start from around £800 but can cost around £1,500. The type of glass, extras and locking system you choose will affect the price of a front door. Get an online quote for uPVC front doors and composite doors to get a good indication of the cost.
How Do Slide and Swing Doors Operate?
A multi-pane door with individual panes slides on a single track with no loss of space. Panes are able to operate individually with no visible hinges or hardware. The slide and swing door can open up spaces between rooms or between home and garden or even conservatory.
How Do Sliding Patio Doors Work?
UPVC sliding doors operate on a smooth, easy glide system which allows for effortless transition. They are attached to metal or vinyl tracks which are fitted to the top and bottom frames and plastic rollers are added to ease the movement.
Do I Need Planning Permission For Patio Doors?
You may require planning permission for double glazed patio doors if you have a listed building or happen to live within a conservation area. Visit the V for more information.
Are UPVC Patio Doors Secure?
UPVC patio doors can be fitted with a choice of high security locks to make them extra secure. You can also choose from a range of glazing styles to further enhance the strength of your patio doors.
How Much Do UPVC French Doors Cost?
UPVC French door prices will depend on your personal requirements and specifications such as size, style and glazing. To get an average French doors cost use our door cost calculator for a free online quote.
Are UPVC Stable Doors Made To Measure?
Your UPVC stable door will be made to measure and tailored to your specifications given to your double glazing installer.
What Do Stable Doors Look Like?
These country style doors offer charming aesthetics and are a stylish alternative to standard back doors, stable doors a great choice for any kind of property. This door is split in two halves which open independently from one another as well as function as a whole. Whether you are after a traditional stable door or more contemporary design with modern glazing, your double glazing installer will be able to offer you a wide range of options for your property.
How Much Do Composite Doors Cost?
The cost of a composite door will be dependent on several factors such as the composite door style, composite door colour, size, composite door hardware and composite door security extras. The fastest way to get a composite door price is online with our door cost calculator.
Can I Choose Custom Glass?
You can choose from a wide range of custom glass. Your double glazing installer will offer you a choice of glass types and glazing designs so you can choose custom glass for your windows, doors or conservatory.
Is Every Composite Door Different?
There are different qualities to every composite door and they will vary between manufacturers depending on materials used. At Double Glazing on The Web we only put you in touch with the highest quality suppliers and installers.
Can I Get Composite Side Panels?
Composite doors are available with matching composite side panels, your installer will offer you a choice of colours and glazing.
Do Composite Doors Warp?
A composite door will not warp like wood and won't require regular painting.
Do Composite Doors Need Painting?
Composite doors do not require re-painting. These low maintenance doors feature a water resistant GRP, coloured skin which keeps a pristine appearance year after year.
Do Composite Doors Fade?
Composite doors feature a tough and durable skin where colour runs throughout rather than a simple surface coating. This means a composite door is not likely to wear or fade like the majority of painted doors. A composite door is very long lasting which also reduces the amount of maintenance required to keep it looking in top condition.
What Are Composite Doors Made Of?
Composite doors are made of a combination of high performing materials which is why they are so strong and incredibly long lasting. The composite door is made from: reinforced UPVC, fibreglass skin, high density foam and a water resistant composite materials.
Do You Do Replacement Front Door Locks?
The majority of our double glazing installers do provide replacement front doors and replacement front door locks. Please call one of our advisors on: 0800 015 5679.
Are UPVC Doors Easy To Maintain?
UPVC doors are extremely easy to maintain and will never require re-painting or varnishing. Neither will a UPVC door rot or warp!
Can I Have Front Doors With Glass?
Entrance doors come in a wide range of designs for your home, including a choice of side panels and glazing. Your double glazing installer can offer you a range of front door designs with glass.
How Secure Are Bi-Folding Doors?
Bi-folding doors are extremely secure and are built with a high security locks as standard. Each of our double glazing installers will offer their own range of locking systems with additional upgrade options for all security conscious homeowners.
How Long Does It Take To Install Bi-Fold Doors?
If a survey is scheduled within 48hrs then your bi-fold doors can be supplied and installed within just 6 – 8 weeks.
Which Bi-folding Door Configuration is Best?
When choosing the arrangement of your bi-folding doors you need to consider the size and layout of your room. Outfolding bi-fold doors will take up less internal space when completely folded back and a left of right folding will be dependent on space available in your room.
Why Should I Choose One Of Your Installers?
All installers that operate in affiliation with Double Glazing on the Web are accredited by a recognised industry body such as FENSA or CERTASS. Double Glazing on the Web vet all of our double glazing installers to make sure you receive a professional and efficient quality service.
If I Use Double Glazing on the Web Who Will Fit My Double Glazing?
Double Glazing on the Web have a fully accredited network of local installers. Once you have created your free online quote we will put you in touch with up to three reputable local suppliers. Each of these suppliers will offer you a free no obligation quote and who you choose is completely up to you.
What Colour Options are Available?
There is a wide range of colour options available including both standard and bespoke colours and finishes. Aluminium windows and doors even come available in a RAL colour chart which gives you an infinite choice.
How Much Do Doors Cost?
Your double glazed door cost will depend on specifications such as style, size, locks, glazing and door furniture. Double Glazing on The Web gives you the opportunity to create your very own unique door quote online. Start your free door quote today.
Can Double Glazed Doors be Fitted with a Pet Flap?
Depending on the style of door, a pet flap can be fitted as an extra service. The only exception is when glass panels feature on the lower half of the door.
What Happens if I Have a Problem with my Windows or Doors?
All of the double glazing installers in our network offer product guarantees. Provided you are still covered by your manufacturer's guarantee, all you need to do is contact the installer in question and they will either repair or replace your windows and doors.