Did you know that uPVC doors are one of the most common door types that are used in the UK? With almost every locksmith job comes the very same question: “How can I secure my uPVC doors?” The answer to that is pretty simple. Here are five products that will help you improve the security of your doors.
Anti-snap locks, also called snap secure locks, are one of the best options. They prevent locks from snapping, which is one of the main reasons why lockouts or break-ins happen in the first place. They have been tested against snapping and bumping, thus providing a higher level of security as compared to normal euro cylinder locks. Anti-pick variations are even more secure, as these types of locks can’t be picked open.
Locks like these are usually priced at £110 for both the supply and labour, while it could cost about £50 just for the supply.
Although it may not seem like it, handles add to a door’s security. Door handles of the right standard are normally thicker than other common handles. They are also tested against burglar attacks and designed to protect the euro cylinder.
For door handles, prices start at around £40 and vary depending on size and type. It would cost an additional £90 for fitting and installation.
Another cheap and effective way to increase the security of uPVC doors is through the installation of sash jammers. Available in both locking and non-locking versions, the little devices are designed to prevent doors with broken locks from opening.
A single sash jammer costs around £10, but it is recommended that 2 are fitted to a uPVC door. It is also important to speak to your local professional regarding its installation, as it is very crucial to the effectiveness of the sash jammer.
Also known as dog bolts, hinge bolts add to the security of both uPVC and wooden doors through the prevention of being forced open off of the hinges, in the case that the locks are broken. These bolts should be installed such that they are fitted to all outward opening doors approximately a quarter of the height from both the top and bottom, but never within 150 millimetres of either of the hinges.
Hinge bolts come in pairs for about £10 per pack. Give your local locksmith a call should you need any assistance.
Door chains are usually installed merely for additional security. They should never be used as the main lock. They allow homeowners to take a look at the person by the door without letting them in right away. These are great options for those who constantly expect guests.
For uPVC doors, door chains are usually available for purchase at £20.
With the extensive range of security solutions available on the market, it is very important to choose what’s appropriate for each household. Be sure to call the local locksmith for security surveys, advice, and upgrade or installation services as well. Check out Locksmith Association’s directory for the best locksmiths in Northern Ireland.