Extra Security for uPVC Doors especially if the door is old is something you need to consider
Todays modern doors are mostly made out of UPVC, being in the trade all my working life I have seen these type of doors get better and better, in respect to the design and security.
Days gone by, old uPVC doors would flex quite a lot, in fact the rigidity of certain doors was only maintained by the stiffness of the glass, if the door had some that is!
The only way to get any sense out of securing the flexing blob of plastic in the frame was by installing a lock that would secure itself in multiple positions. Hence the reason why uPVC doors have multipoint locking.
As time has gone by, however, steel inserts have been made to go in plastic doors and they are a lot stronger than they were thirty or so years ago.
I have a love hate relationship with plastic doors I understand the durability they offer, but there is still a lot of old doors that quite frankly would be now a little worse for wear.
So what can you do to increase the security of a uPVC Door?
You can’t fit shoot bolts on the door like you can on a wooden door, you can’t fit another dead lock as the lock already takes up the whole leading edge of the door.
But what you can do is increase the security to the existing lock, or change the lock that is there.
If your lock has roller cams only and not even a central bolt then it would not cut it these days and you will find that even insurance companies would look at wanting it replaced. The minimum you should be considering these days is a lock that ‘Projects’ bolts into the frame either by the hook type or straight type. and these locks should have at least three of these type of bolts.
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Upgrade the cylinder to a EN1303 grade and you can look at our EPS High Security Cylinders if you're looking for something pucker.
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Upgrade the handle also to a PAS 24 security handles, this protects the cylinder from snapping which is becoming more and more prevalent in ways to circumvent door security.
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We also have a section on our site that offers additional security products for uPVC Doors and these are called ‘Sash Jammers’.The idea is simple, in that you screw them to the frame, try to make sure however, that the screws you are using are long enough to go into the steel supports that would sit behind the plastic. The idea then is simple in as much as you can turn the sash jammer over the door and it acts similar as what a door bolt would do on a standard wooden door.
There are two versions of sash jammer ones that lock and one that don’t. These sash jammers can also lock windows as well so they are quite diverse.
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I hope this article helps you understand the security options that are available for your front door a little better.
Head of the tech department
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