What is a uPVC Door?

What is Unplasticised Polyvinyl chloride?

Unplasticised Polyvinyl chloride, otherwise known as uPVC, is a hard and non flexible material that is known for its excellent performance and durability. It has become increasingly popular over the more traditional wooden door due to its longevity and availability to be manufactured in an array of colours which present a more stylish and presentable look. Modern uPVC carry the benefit of galvanized steel cores which makes it extremely difficult to break, adding extra protection and security to your home.

 

Is uPVC safer than wood?

The reliability of uPVC is one of its biggest assets. Rot won’t be found in the frames, it’s solid and impenetrable structure cannot be broken without the use of heavy power tools which is the perfect deterrent against burglars. Compared to wooden doors which need continuous maintenance check for rot and weak points in the frame, which can be a big sign to burglars that your home might be vulnerable.

Another feature of an uPVC doors is the use of 5 locking points, over the traditional 2 in wooden doors.  When locking uPVC doors the handle must be upturned, this deploys a variety of hooks and bolts in the doors multi point strip. This effectively creates 5 locking points throughout the strip, thus creating a more secure locking system. Compare this to a wooden door which is usually fitted with 2 locks; a Yale and a mortice, uPVC creates a better assurance of safety and is far more secure.

One of the most popular methods of forced entry are kicking or ramming the door, these are forceful methods that anyone can use with a bit of brute strength.  uPVC combats this by containing galvanised steel cores which would be extremely difficult to break without tools, this means that kicking through the door wouldn’t be an option for intruders. Wooden doors are also useful in this sense as they are often thick timber, which would also be difficult to kick through, meaning that these doors also carry the same level of security in this respect. One thing to consider would be that the reliability of the door is dependent on its state, so a door which is worse for wear could not be held to the same standards.

 

How can an uPVC door be made more secure?

British standard anti-snap cylinder lock

The majority of uPVC doors are fitted with a euro lock barrel, which can pose a problem to security. These locks can be vulnerable as they can be easily snapped and pulled from the handle, granting access to an intruder.

A solution to this would be the installation of the British standard anti-snap cylinder lock, although a pricier option it provides another layer of protection. An anti-snap lock has a line cut into the body of the cylinder, that when force is applied the cylinder it will snap at this weak point but the mechanism will stay intact. This prevents the lock from snapping and thus denies access to any intruders. Another benefit of Anti-snap locks is the added protection that they are also anti pick, anti bump and anti drill.

Laminated glass

uPVC door styles such as patio or French doors that are predominately glass can be an easy access point for intruders, it also poses a risk that they could break the glass and grab any valuables nearby such as keys . We suggest laminated glass panels to give the best security to your home.

Laminated glass consists of two panes of glass with a plastic interlayer in-between that holds them together, the PVB layer holds the shards in place should the glass break creating a protective double layer design.  This design means that this glass can withstand immense heat and shock whether intentional or accidental and creates a safe exterior for your home.

Door chains and limiters

Door chains are a fairly cheap and effective way of making your door that little bit more secure. Fix them to the door and doorframe with long screws, or even coach bolts, and the security of the door has been greatly increased. You can even get a variation called locking door chains, which allow you to open the door from the outside with the chain on. This type of chain allows you to enter a key into the cylinder of the chain bracket which will realise it. This is a great option if you are worried about getting into your home, or an elderly relatives, in an emergency and the door chain is on.

Another option is the use of a door limiter; it works relatively in the same way as a door chain but is often referred to as the stronger option due to the solid metal latch over a chain.

Install a wide angle peephole

Installing a wide-angle peephole viewer will allow you to do a larger screening when you get unannounced visitors, which will prevent any surprises. This paired with good lighting will give you the best advantage in home security.

Seek professional advice

The most effective way to secure your home is to have efficient locks. Locks are what will prevent a burglary or unwanted guests entering your property. Consulting an experienced and qualified locksmith (like ours here at Keytek) will allow them to check your home has:

  • Efficient locks that offer security
  • Meet British standard
  • Are compliant with your insurance policy

By getting a professionals opinion, it can give you peace of mind that your home is secure. They will also be able to identify any weak points that need attention or can recommend security upgrades to your home if you are still wary.

 

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What to Consider when Buying a Bathroom Door Lock

Bathroom locks are essential in any home, whether it’s only two people that live there, or it’s a house share of 8 people. It’s notoften that you think about the lock on your bathroom door, but it is something that needs some thought. The purpose of a bathroom door lock isn’t to keep out a burglar, but to stop people accidentally walking in when you are indisposed. However, seeing as the bathroom can be one of the most likely places for you to injure yourself, you should think about installing one that can be easily opened from the outside. Having said that, there are still the following security considerations to think about when buying a lock for your bathroom.

 

1.     How much security do you actually need?

 

 

The main purpose of a bathroom door lock is to maintain privacy, not to actually provide actual security. The difference between getting a bathroom door lock and a front door lock is that with a lock for the bathroom, you do not have to think about how safe you will be behind the door. Most internal doors have a hollow core, meaning they can be easily kicked down, regardless of what lock is on there. So your main thoughts should be on how much privacy you actually need.

The answer to that really depends on your home situation. If you have young children, you may want to get a lock that is not easy to use, meaning they cannot lock themselves in and you can supervise them easily. If this is the case then you may not want a lock at all. A discreet lock would also work if you have children and still desire a level of privacy. A small lock installed out of a child’s reach is a good solution to the privacy vs safety issue.  However if you live with several house mates, you may want a sturdy lock attached to the door, to stop someone walking in without knocking first. So you will want a lock that stops the door from opening when locked from the inside.

2.     What would happen in an emergency?

 

It’s well known that you are more likely to injure yourself in the bathroom than in any other room in your house. This is because you are more likely to be in the bathroom if you are unwell; there is the risk of falling on wet floors or fainting from the heat of your shower. What we are trying to say is, even though you mainly want privacy in the bathroom, there may be some occurrences when someone needs to bypass the security to get to you. This means it’s extremely important to have kind of emergency entry method built in to the bathroom door lock.

As we mentioned before it probably wouldn’t be difficult to kick down a bathroom door, but this is not always advisable and could cause more injury to the person on the other side. So you need to have an emergency entry plan that doesn’t require that amount of force. So whichever lock you buy for you bathroom door, it may be the case that it needs to be unlockable from the outside.

The easier it is to bypass the bathroom door lock the better. In a real emergency situation, you are likely to be in emotional distress, meaning the simpler the bypassing technique the better. It’s advisable to practice before hand, and if you are finding it too difficult to bypass the lock from the outside then you may need to consider getting a different one. It is also a good idea to have a tool you use to specifically open the bathroom door from the outside and know where it is at all times. For example if you use a flathead screw driver then it’s likely to be moved around, and you may not be able to find it quickly when needed. So make sure you have a specific bypass tool that doesn’t move or know that you will have easy access to it when needed. If you have more than one bathroom in your home then it is best to have the same lock installed on all doors, meaning that you only need one bypass method to get in to all the bathrooms.

3.     Can everyone use it easily?

 

Another important factor for choosing a bathroom door lock is the ease of use for everyone who lives in your house. If you are elderly or live with someone who is, or someone in your home has physical disabilities, then it is very important that the lock is simple enough for them to use. Everyone needs to feel like they have some privacy in the bathroom, and installing a lock that’s easy to use can ensure that happens.

If a bathroom door lock is tricky to open, then it’s possible for someone to get locked inside. This is especially true for those who find physical task difficult, so it’s advisable to use only standard locks on your bathroom doors. However if you or someone you live with struggles with standard locks, then there is the option to install what’s call an ‘indicator bolt’.  An Indicator Bolt has large handles either side, meaning it’s easy to lock and unlock.

 

4.     What’s the bottom line?

 

So when it comes to purchasing a bathroom door, you need to consider the safety implications rather than the security ones. A bathroom door lock is there to stop someone walking in when you are using the bathroom, not protect you from an intruder. One of the most important things you need to consider when installing your bathroom lock is how you would bypass it in an emergency.

 

 

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