uPVC Door Is Catching on Frame When I Open and Close It
Pvc Front Door
How to adjust your PVC Door Hinges
- Does your pvc door catch on the frame.
- On the side or the bottom
- Does it get worse when the sun is shining
- The darker colours and timber effects can be worst than white pvc as they attract more heat
Once your door does drop or sag it can also effect how your lock works. If you have a multi point lock where you have to lift the handle to operate the lock. This action can get harder to do because your lock is now out of line due to your door sagging.
This can happen to a lot of pvc doors over time. The most common cause is that the hinges just need to be adjusted. Plus it can get worse if the sun is shining on the door because pvc expands with heat.
To adjust hinges is an easy job which can be carried out by almost anyone. In most cases all that is needed is a set of Allen keys & a screwdriver
Below is a guide on how to adjust some of the main door hinges used by window companies
Flag Hinge : One of the most common hinges used in the UK & Ireland is the flag hinge. This hinge has 3 different adjustments. The first one is on the bottom if you use your Hex key and turn the screw on the bottom it will lift your door.
The second is on the top first you will have to clip of a pvc cap than you will see the screw if you turn this it will tighten the door sash against the frame given you a tighter seal. This is needed sometimes because as time goes on you seal may shrink or flatten a small bit. So you use this adjustment to make sure you don't start getting a draught through your door.
The last one is on the side if you look into the hole on the side you will see a screw which will take a 5mm hex key. Turn the screw one way and the door sash will move to the left and turn it the other way and the door moves to the right.
There are many different types of flag hinges but they all work in the same way. They may just look a bit different.
T -Hinge : This is another type of hinge used on pvc doors. It has only 2 types of adjustments. The first one is on the top & bottom and this will tighten the seal against the frame. The other one in on the side and this will move it left or right depending on the way you turn the screw
Butt Hinge : This hinge comes with only one adjustment. If you look at the side you will see a philips head screw. If you turn this it will move the door left or right. But before you try to turn this screw check to see if there is a small grub screw as this locks the hinge in place so the door won't move. Not all butt hinges have this but the door won't move unless you loosen this.
Plus a lot of the older Butt hinges have no adjustment at all. If this is the case you will have to reline the hinges.
If you have tried adjusting the door hinges but your door is still catching. Than maybe you need new hinges. Remember new hinges don't cost a lot and are not to hard to replace. Most window companies will do this for you and it won't cost the earth. But just to be safe it is better to ring at least two company's to get prices
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1- If you are going to change the hinges yourself you will find it a lot easier if you leave the door sash on the frame and replace one hinge at the time. This way your hinges will all line up. Also make sure the diameter of the screw is the same size as the hole it goes through in the hinge. Otherwise your door sash can sag down after a while if the screw diameter is to small.
2 - To help prolong the life of your lock you should greece it at least once a year. Make sure you greece all the parts that make contact with the strike plate and the lock keeps. This will reduce wear & tear.
3 - Door Handles will wear down and loosen no matter what. But it is very easy to change them. Plus they are not very expensive to buy. You can remove your handles if needed and leave the door locked, in case you need to bring the old handle with you to make sure you buy the same design handle.