Frozen Door Locks

If you find yourself stood outside in the cold due to the fact that a frozen door lock isn’t allowing you to utilize you crucial, then this guide will be very helpful.

During the cold weather, it is not uncommon to discover that the lock on your door has frozen and this can be really discouraging. It is crucial to not try and force your key into the lock as you might break your secret, and this only leads to more issues for yourself.

Unfreezing Your Door Lock

Thawing a door lock can be rather basic and things that you can use to thaw it are often easily offered to you either on your individual or in the garage or shed! Here is a list of things that you can do to defrost a door lock:

Hand Sanitiser– This consists of alcohol that will melt the ice. If you put the sanitiser on both the lock and secret, then gently move the type in and out of the lock to loosen it.
Lighter– You can use a portable cigarette lighter to warm the key carefully then move it in and out of the lock till it thaws, and you can get entry Cation if you are trying this technique after using the alcohol hand sanitiser.
De-icer– If you drive then you will likely have a can of de-icer in the vehicle throughout the winter season. Spray the de-icer on the lock and key wait an instant and then gently move the key in and out of the lock till you get entry.
Hair dryer– if your neighbour is house and they have a hairdryer and extension cable television helpful then you can use this to warm the lock and thaw it.
Your Hands– you can warm your secret with your hands and utilise your thumb to warm the lock for a while then it may thaw the lock enough for you to get entry.
Locksmith professional— If you have actually attempted these methods and had no luck you should call a locksmith professional as there might be more to it than just a frozen lock.

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Moving Home? Why Should You Change the Locks?

Whether its your first home or you have moved home a number of times the mix of enjoyment and stress stays the very same, its because of this that getting the locks altered to secure your brand-new home frequently gets overlooked. However altering your locks need to never be an afterthought, unless you understood the previous renters that occupied the property before you effectively then it is not likely that you know precisely how many copies of the keys were made and who might still have a key to access your new home.

Home Office Statistics

Opportunities of getting burgled within the twelve moths after you have moved house are practically doubled compared to the typical break-in rate. (4.6% compared to 2.5%).
Compared to people that have inhabited their residential or commercial property for ten years or more you are practically 3 times more likely to get burgled. (4.6 compared to 1.6%).
Households with no home security procedures are a disconcerting 10 times more likely to get burgled than those that put basic security measures in place such as updating windows and door locks. (22.5% compared to 2.5%).


Who Else Has A Key?

Each year around 37,500 residential or commercial properties will have brand-new occupants and the majority of property buyers will be absolutely unaware that at lest one set of extra keys to their property will still be in flow. A recent survey carried out by NOP exposed that over 58% of British locals hand out a spare set of secrets to their house.

Another survey performed by Halifax Home Insurance revealed that 12 million grownups have actually lost their keys up to six times within the last 10 years in addition to ID and address details but still never ever got their locks altered!

If you do not alter your locks when moving house, or after losing keys then you can’t make certain that your home is still safe and secure. Another thing to consider is that if you do find yourself as a victim of a break in then you could find yourself in a sticky situation, some insurance providers will not process a claim if you didn’t have the locks altered when you first moved into your residential or commercial property as the way they see it you have not done enough to properly protect your home to prevent a theft.

By just altering your locks and upgrading them to more protected locks you will have piece of mind that you know precisely who has a access to your residential or commercial property and you have actually upgraded your home security measures so you and your family can fell a lot more safe and safe and secure in your brand-new house.

Other Reasons to Change Locks.

  • Can you easily leave the residential or commercial property through doors and windows in the event of an emergency?
  • Dose your property have adequate security?
  • Do you have the secrets to all doors and windows?
  • Broken or harmed Locks.
  • Do your locks meet British Standard BS3621?

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Your concerns addressed– Condensation

Our clients frequently raise inquiries with us around problems with their windows/ glass, so we thought we would begin a little bit of an FAQ series of blogs to respond to some of the more commonly asked concerns.

If there are any specific concerns you wish to see responded to here, please simply drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do!

This week we’re starting with condensation.

We can break this concern down into 2 parts:

  1. Condensation forming in between the two panes of a double glazed window
    This first part can be responded to and thankfully repaired rather quickly. This particular issue is an outcome of the double glazing system having actually stopped working, suggesting you will require to change the unit with a new, air tight one. There must be no need to replace the frames, merely the unsuccessful glass unit within them. Drop us a line and we can set up a suitable time to get this sorted out for you.
  2. Condensation forming on the inside of a single/ double glazed window
    This problem nevertheless, is a little more in depth. The majority of people presume that condensation on the inside of your windows is a concern of the past, when we had single pane glass throughout, which led to the first job of the day being to clean down the drips and soaking up the rivers running along the sills!

Sadly, just replacing your windows won’t necessarily fix the problem as condensation isn’t developed by the windows themselves, this is just the most typical place to find the outcome of issue at hand.

Condensation is formed when warm wet air– think of the breath we exhale, steam from the shower, clothes drying on the radiators etc. comes into contact with cooler, dry air.

All of this warm, moist air– humidity, requires a path of escape or it will form as condensation when it touches a cooler surface.

Essentially the problem of condensation, is one that can just really be repaired by increasing ventilation. Double and triple glazing can help the problem as it acts as an insulator but it can, sometimes, make the concern worse as it is so reliable at cutting out those draughts.

Here are a couple of ways you can try to assist eradicate the concern.

  • If possible, try not to dry damp clothes on the radiator
  • Leave a window open, or a minimum of on vent, in every room effected
  • Usage lids when boiling food on the hob rather than letting the steam escape into the air
  • Set up Kitchen and bathroom extractor fans
  • If no extractor fan, leave a window open in the bathroom when bathing (or as quickly as you’ve completed if it’s too cold!).
  • Attempt to keep showers short– limit the steam and conserve water!
  • Guarantee all air bricks in the building are free of any blockage and flowing easily.

If the concern is a serious one and the above points haven’t removed the issue, consider purchasing a dehumidifier to help draw the remaining wetness from the air.

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Your questions addressed– Toughened Glass

This week we’re taking a look at toughened glass and when it is a requirement. Toughened glass (in some cases described as tempered or safety glass) is basically glass that has actually been through a procedure to increase the strength (resistance to impact) and the method it breaks (into small blocks instead of fragments as you would get out of routine plate glass).

In order to abide by present building regulations, you need to make sure that any glazing people are most likely to come into contact with, ought to either be shielded appropriately so as to avoid a sphere of 75mm from coming into contact with the glazing, resist effect without breaking, or break in a manner in which is not likely to cause injury.

These locations are referred to as ‘critical areas’ and consist of any glazed location up to and including 800mm from ground level and any glazed location in a door up to and including 1500mm from ground level.

In a domestic environment, such as our homes, shielding the glass is most likely impractical, so toughened glass would be the perfect service.

There are various classes of toughened glass readily available and the class will require to be suitable for the area you need glazed. You may discover that glass needed for a bigger glazed location will need to comply with various British and European Safety Standards than that needed for a smaller area.

You will naturally also discover toughened glass in shower doors, bath screens, or used as a back splash in bathroom and kitchens, or perhaps in the more ‘Grand Designs’ type homes, maybe even glass staircases!

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Your Questions Answered– Caring for New Windows

We take pride in the windows we make and fit, and we want you to enjoy them and the trouble complimentary use they will attend to several years to come. With that in mind, we have actually assembled some top ideas for simple maintenance to guarantee you get the best out of your brand-new windows.

We have simplified into 4 key locations: Cleaning, lubrication, drain and weather seals.

Cleaning – UPVC Frame
Avoid all solvent based or abrasive cleaners

  • Wash frames with a soap and water option every 4 months to eliminate any grime and climatic deposits.
  • If needed, tidy with a non-abrasive exclusive cleaner to eliminate any persistent blemishes.
  • Take care not to disrupt sealants.


Conservatory & Porch Roof
Avoid all solvent based or abrasive cleaners

  • Polycarbonate roof panels fitted to these structures need to be cleaned up in a similar way to UPVC frames.
    Clear seamless gutters of leaves and particles as needed avoiding overflow of rain water and making sure unblocked drain.
    Wash roof panels with soap and water service every 4 months to remove grime and atmospheric deposits.
    Do not use any solvent or silicone based cleaners on solar control or self-cleaning glass roofings.
    It is essential to clear out all boxed seamless gutters on a regular basis, specifically in the autumn time when there is heavy leaf fall.
    Do not walk on conservatory roofings without suitable supports or scaffolding.
  • Glass
  • Float glass, used in the majority of double glazed units, is easily scratched and it is therefore advised that hand jewellery is gotten rid of prior to cleaning.
  • Any proprietary household cleaner may be used with a soft cloth and it is suggested that heavy external grime be at first removed with a solution of soap and water.
  • Laminated glass, or glass including Georgian Bars is cleaned in precisely the same way.


It is vital that glass surfaces are cleaned up on a regular basis to stop water staining. Water bring atmospheric contamination will leave permanent marks on the glass surface areas if left un-cleaned for long periods.

  • Leaded Glass
  • Take care when cleaning up leaded lights as excessive pressure might remove the lead from the glass surface area.
  • Using warm soapy water and a soft cloth, reasonably applied will show an adequate cleansing method.
  • Note: External lead will oxidise, this is a natural phenomenon and can not be prevented.

Lubrication
For lubrication of hardware etc. use light maker oil (e.g. 3-in-1/ Spray grease/Silicone spray) lube for moving parts and petroleum jelly.

Locking Mechanism
With the door open, lubricate the dead bolts, hook bolts, rollers and latch lock with light device oil.
Hinges
Tidy and lightly oil hinge pins. If hinges are external (open-out door) oil every 6 months.
Manages
Tidy and lightly oil external moving parts.
Lock Cylinder
Only lubricate (great oil) if key entry is challenging.
Letter Box
Wipe over with a damp cloth and lube on the pivot points where necessary.

Drain
Your double glazed items are developed with an in-built drainage system, comprising slots within the thresholds that allow any water ingress to flow to the exterior. To guarantee an efficient system these slots must stay unblocked.
Occasionally, remove dirt, clear drain holes and check drain operation by flushing through with water.

Weather Seals
During cleansing and general maintenance guarantee that the weather seals fitted to your items do not end up being removed from their grooves. Should this occur, slide back into position right away to avoid damage when the product is closed.
If the weather seals are broken or damaged and draughts are probed the item, ensure prompt replacement by calling us as soon as possible.

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Questions Answered– Broken Window Handles/Locks

UPVC Window Handle
Hi there. The summer (yes, in spite of the unusual changes in weather– it is tipping down as I write this– it is really summer) is rapidly rolling towards Autumn and the weeks are turning into months quicker than we can say drafty windows!

What with all the opening and closing of our windows in partnership with the indecisive weather, we are frequently approached by customers who have actually been confronted with issues around their UPVC window handles and the locking mechanisms within them.

The majority of typically, one of these two concerns …

Lost Keys
Possibly they’ve been left in the lock and have fallen out of the open window, a small individual has got hold of it and buried it somewhere in the garden, or the poltergeists have been at work once again! These tiny little keys are so quickly misplaced that a question we are typically asked is:

Can I get a replacement key or lock for my window?

The answer is yes. Mindful of the variety of locks and involved makers combined in some cases with age of the host windows, this can prove rather a job.

In the main, 95% of the windows that have actually been produced for the property market as UPVC fabrication, tend to use a standardised jig/handle preparation and hence you may not get a specific like for like style of deal with. The sourcing of a compatible and more significantly, practical product, is freely readily available without countless hours of trawling the web for a product that is most likely to have actually been long considering that outdated.

The typical kind of locking mechanism we normally come across within UPVC window fabrication tends to be either espagnolette, shoot-bolt or the latest bi-directional multipoint tailoring, which provide boosted security due to multipoint locking pins in addition to supplying a secondary holding position that supplies extra ‘night ventilation centre’.

The window sash depends on the integrity of the deal with casing and the fixings that secure to the frame. Typically after multiple operation these wear and work themselves loose leading to a ‘careless’ manage using little in the way of security to hold the window closed. These tended to have actually been withdrawn in and around the mid-eighties due to their lack of security and poor quality of manufacture.

The sourcing of failed mechanisms and parts for the multipoint derived gearing is fairly direct and freely available if you know where to look! Ordinarily even with the somewhat outdated espagnolette system we are able to supply if not a like for like, then a repair kit or also suitable product, that might incur an aspect of frame customising to fix.

Broken Handles
Typical failures are simply general wear and tear or arising from an absence of maintenance. When we are favoured as installers with a task, we provide completion user/homeowner with an Operation & Maintenance (O&M) handbook. This outlines advisory maintenance, lubrication, adjustments and tolerances for smooth operation and tell tale signs of possible failures.

On the whole, it is our experience that 90% of failures are preventable if annual maintenance is applied, which will increase the durability particularly on mechanical parts.

Typically, when a window becomes stiff or hard to run, this needs attention as a preventative measure. And if under guarantee, is the obligation of the installer. It is not the obligation of the installer to oil and normally keep the window itself.

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Theft Damage: Who’s Responsible for Repairs?

Everyone understands what to do in the regrettable event of a break in, report the crime, call your insurance coverage and call a locksmith professional to do the required repairs. But what if you’re an occupant? What’s not so clear is who’s responsible to fix any damage brought on by the burglars (such as the front door) the property manager or the tenant?

Being burgled is not something any of us wish to consider, nevertheless, it is worth occupants knowing what to anticipate if they do find themselves in this scenario.

In some regard it could be stated that both the property owner and occupants wind up spending for damages triggered by a break-in, but here’s what you require to know:

Renter’s Personal belongings

For most occupants the first thing they will be thinking of is: How will I replace the taken items? As a rule most occupant’s will be accountable for arranging their own contents insurance as most property manager insurance coverage will not covers the renters possessions. However it deserves checking your tenancy contract to see if this is something your property manager has provided you.

If the tenant has material insurance then you can put a claim in for you taken products once you have a criminal activity reference number, if there is an excess to pay then it is the tenants responsibility to pay that.

There are some circumstances in which the property manager could be liable for changing the occupant’s home, for instance if the property owner hasn’t acted with due care in keeping typical locations or offering adequate security steps such as ensuring all locks remain in good working order. In this case the occupant might argue that it is the property manager’s obligation to spend for products taken throughout the break-in.

Building Damages

What about any damages caused to the residential or commercial property itself? For the most part this responsibility will fall on the property owner however there are a couple of things that might make an occupant accountable.

Tenants need to check their tenancy arrangement as often there are terms in there that will make the tenant responsible for such things. This is not normally the case though as a lot of accountable landlords will have landlord’s insurance coverage which covers them for damages to the residential or commercial property, so in case of a burglary a renter should supply their property manager with the criminal activity referral number as soon as possible so the property owner can claim damage repair work through their insurance.

If a proprietor does not have property owner insurance and there is nothing in the tenants letting agreement holding the occupant responsible for the damages, then the property manager is still liable to pay for the repair work.

There are some situations in which the renter can be held responsible for the damages for example if the renter does not offer the property manager with a criminal activity referral number or copy of the police report then it is possible then the tenant will have to pay for damages that the property owner was not warned of.

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Sash Windows– uPVC Vs Wood

When the Victorians constructed your homes we understand and like today, they didn’t expect the sash windows to last as long as they have actually done– so they often used soft wood. The fact that the soft wood sash windows have actually lasted so well, is a testimony to the build quality and upkeep of the frames as needed by using a natural product. However, many sash windows have suffered overlook and as we move into these old houses and experience the wood rot and bad insulation supplied by single glazed sash windows, the concern is raised– ought to we replace with double glazed wood sash windows, or uPVC sash windows.

There are pro’s and cons for both, so please do keep reading and ideally this will help you to decide which is the best replacement for the sash windows in your home.

Expense
Expense is a big factor in changing windows, and uPVC are cheaper than the wood option. Almost half the cost of wood in fact. When you have a home with a large number of windows this might well be the deciding factor in which material you go with. However please keep in mind, you do not need to change all of your windows in one fell swoop– they can be changed in batches, or perhaps individually if you can not bring yourself to jeopardise on what you have your heart set on, however do not have the offered funds all in one go.

Setup
Due to contemporary, accuracy engineering, uPVC sash windows can be installed much quicker into a home than in years gone by. Reducing the disruption to your household and enabling you to enjoy your new sash windows as soon as possible.

Life-span
The reality that timber windows are still perfectly practical in numerous homes because being built in the Victorian era, is testament to the reality that wood can last 100 years plus. In order to do so, they will require routine upkeep. Without the defence of paint or varnish, the wood will rapidly begin to rot. It is recommended that wood frames are re-painted every 5-10 years depending on the local conditions so would require checking out yearly to recognise any wear.

uPVC sash windows will not last as long. An average life expectancy is around 20-30 years. Within that time they will need really little upkeep– just a clean down with a fabric every now and then. The decision here is pay more in advance for durability and some upkeep, or go for the more affordable, lower maintenance choice that will need replacing a minimum of as soon as in your lifetime.

Looks
It is simply individual viewpoint with regards to which look better. And naturally badly kept wood sash windows will not look as good as uPVC. Especially with period houses, estate agents will advise that lumber frame windows are the better option– similar to all original functions. However, it is possible to buy very well developed and aesthetically pleasing uPVC windows that are difficult to differentiate from the well maintained wood versions.

The included benefit with wooden sash windows is that you can paint them any colour you wish. Enabling you to stay up to date with design trends or alter the look of your home significantly, with extremely little cost.

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Exactly how To Make Your Conservatory Cool In Summer Season

Unfortunately, hot weather will be even more of a curse than a blessing if you have an old-style conservatory that actually creates hotter conditions than the temperatures it would hit when outside.

If you’re confronted with no other option however to abandon your conservatory in summertime, you shouldn’t await autumn to show up to return to the area. If you don’t want to wait that long however the first place you ought to target is the roof covering, and afterwards there are even more things you can do  to make your conservatory usable in all sorts of climate …

If your conservatory gets too hot, we would certainly recommend  throwing some  money into it and starting off by concentrating on the  framework. This usually contains a typical glass or polycarbonate roofing system. To say it in straightforward terms, these roofs use inadequate temperature level controlling systems, triggering even more heat to enter than others. When you have the appropriate permissions, you can exchange your existing roof for a strong roof substitute.

The different layers of insulation within the tiles/ slates will assist to reduce warmth transfer as well as produce a continually comfy inner temperature level.

When the climate turns bad, these tiles/ slates can resist it. They will not fracture or shed their appearance, and their performance levels will remain intact without you requiring to do a thing to them.

Integrate patio area, French or bi-folding doors

Locate an area of your conservatory that could accommodate a set of patio doors, French doors or bi-folding doors? It’s important to not  waste the chance of adding any of these doors as it will help and allow you to open up the extension giving you an awesome air flow from outdoors. They will certainly likewise provide you superb yard accessibility.

Cover the windows with attractive blinds

Prior to the instalment of your conservatory, you may have also had recommendations for blinds that could fit your new windows. Again blinds will help when it comes to controlling the temperature of the room. You can determine how hot a room gets by pulling the blinds to keep the sun out and cooling the room down or opening them to increase the temperature while keeping the doors closed.

There is a really diverse option of blinds you can acquire in all sorts of colours and remember this is where you are able to add some of your personality into your home. 

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Why Do My Energy Saving Windows Have Condensation on them In The Mornings?

We have at some point opened the curtains  in your home in the morning and been welcomed by the sight of condensation on your windows.If you don’t recognise the first signs regarding condensation and have typically questioned why this happens to your windows at times, offer you some important background information on condensation.

Condensation is “the conversion of a vapour or gas to a liquid.”.It develops when the temperature level of an item (in this instance, the glass) drops below the ‘Humidity’ or atmospheric temperature level (determined by the water in the environment as well as air temperature), triggering water vapour to condense and water beads to create.

In damp problems, condensation usually emerges in heats, however it can additionally be created during cold snaps when humidity is low. It’s the difference between inner as well as exterior temperature levels, and the glass, that primarily causes condensation on windows.

You shouldn’t be upset regarding condensation forming on the exterior side of your home windows though if your home windows are just recently brand-new and thermally reliable– they’re not malfunctioning!

It can be placed down to the differing temperature levels between outdoor air and also the outside glass pane. When both of them collide, it triggers external condensation, but not on all home windows. If the home windows of your neighbours don’t have exterior condensation, it just indicates that their home windows aren’t as thermally efficient as your own.

You never ever rather know when condensation could strike as it depends on a series of ecological as well as geographical aspects. Nonetheless, external condensation is most likely between March and also October when the Humidity goes to its highest as well as temperatures rise and fall highly either side of daybreak or when warm air currents are changed by trendy fronts.A bit of exposure to sunshine or a mild breeze generally aids condensation to evaporate.

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