A Guide To Upgrading Your Door Locks

bsi for lock upgradesHow often do you think about the locks on your doors? Not often right, you just unlock, open & lock, unlock, open & lock, all day every day without a second thought in the main, never stopping to question how secure that lock actually is. And why would you – It works, right?… for the most part, a homeowner will only ever find out how good their locks are when it’s too late

The issue with locks consisting of a standard euro cylinder, which cost from £3.00 upwards is that they are extremely basic, yes they do the job of locking the door but they have known weaknesses and burglars know of & exploit these weaknesses every day, all over the country to break into peoples homes. Even for the security concious homeowner out there, amongst us there are many who install the most complex alarm systems & cctv, none of that really matters if your locks are not up to the job.

You, your property, your home & your family are all at risk if your lock is not marked with the British Standard Kitemark and as a qualified locksmith in the Staffordshire area please trust me when I tell you this……


Truth be told, and without a shadow of a doubt, most of the homeowners we deal with on a day to day basis who contact us for door lock upgrades in Erdington & surrounding are all in a position where they had never considered how secure their locks were and were upgrading as a reaction to a burglary or break in, rather than a preventitive measure to protect themselves before the worst happened and it’s so unfortunate that through a lack of thought, or education so many homes are broken into which could have been easily prevented with a pretty straightforward lock upgrade.

Locks with the British kitemark have been designed to prevent yoru home being broken into through one of the most common methods used by burglars to force entry: Lock snapping.And its not as big a job as you might think, with retrofit locks you can quite simply take out the old lock & slide in the upgraded anti snap upgrade in no time at all, literaly a matter of a minute or 2, you can even do it yourself with a how too video on youtube.

UPVC Door Lock Security Advice

UPVC DOOR HANDLESTheres a whole host of reasons why uPVC door handles stop working properly, and it can often mean that the entire door needs to be replaced which is no doubt, and understandbly frustrating for homeowners throughout the UK. This isn’t always the case though, theres a number of possible solutions to faulty UPVC doors which avoid the need of replacing an entire door, my job, as an emergency locksmith in Bradford is to find the most cost effective solution for my clients, not the most costly!

What Causes Faulty UPVC Locks & Handles?

Extensive use over a period of time ( usually years) can contribute to a whole host of problems with UVC door handles resulting in them being difficult to turn & unlatch. On top of this, there can be internal issues with the lock in uPVC doors, resulting in the deadbolt becoming stuck, which makes it difficult, or worst case scenario impossible to open the door.

Such problems can be caused by a range of things, including the following:

Screws which are too tight can result in the handle’s backplate pinching the lock, which prevents the spring from functioning properly

If not properly lubricated the spring for the handle can bind against the inside backplate

The spring mechanism can fail inside the lock or lever handle

How To Resolve Issus with Fault UPVC Door Locks & Handles?

Such problems can be resolved, without having to remove or replace the entire door. Taking off the door handle & cleaning it is one option, but is fiddly & can be time consuming & will generally require the services of a locksmith with experience dealing with UVPV locks but isnt always necessary

There are a number of other ways to resolve such problems ith your UPVC door handles, including removing and cleaning the door handle itself, but this isn’t always necessary. Instead, you can try some of the ideas below which are straghtforward for the every day hoeowner without the need to call in their local locksmith:

1: Sometimes loosening the screws which hold the handle to the door slightly can resolve your issue by making the handle easier to turn

2: Try removing the handle from the door and operating it whilst holding the backplate. If its still tough to operate try greasing up the mechanism. If it does the trick the handle can be fitted back onto the door

3: If your door isn’t latching shut properly, the most likely cause is a that the srping mechanism in the lock has failed. To verify this just remove the latch from the door itself and press it with your finger, if it doesnt spring back or does so very slowly you need a new spring mechanism.