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Updated on September 8, 2015

PVC Door Basics

What you need to know about your door.

Most people think that once they buy a new pvc door it should last a life time and be maintenance free as well.

But the facts are it is only the pvc section that carries the lifetime guarantee and with some places, a lifetime can only mean seven to ten years. The pvc section is than only guaranteed against discoloring and warping.

Anything that moves on your door like handles - hinges - locks plus any other type of security devise is only guaranteed for about on average two years.

So what all this means is if your handle falls apart in two and a half years you will have to pay to replace it plus you will also have to pay for a trades person to come out to your house.

Below are some helpful tips that may just save you a lot of money.

Grease & Oil

Once a year a small bit of grease or oil on moving parts will triple the life span of all locks and hinges. Plus maybe twice a year put a small bit of grease on the center keep of door this will stop the tougue on the door lock from wearing down two fast. Plus depending on what type of lock you have if you put some on the roller cams as well this will make your door a lot easier to lock and stop wear and tear.

Draft coming in door

Over time the rubber seal around your door may shrink a small bit. If this happens a draft might start to come in around your door.

To stop this all you need to do is make a few small adjustments to the lock and hinges, In most cases it will only be the lock you will have to adjust as hinges are sometimes over adjusted to allow for this shrinkage and there should never be any need to adjust them any tighter. But when a door is new in most case you cannot over adjust the tightness on the lock side as it will make the door to difficult to lock.

To adjust the lock just open your door and look for the roller cams. Now all you need is a set of hex keys. Put the hex key into the center of cam and turn. If you turn one way this will tighten your door against the rubber seal and if you turn it the other way it will loosen the door against the rubber seal.

Most of the new locks on doors will have these roller cams fitted. But if you don't have any roller cams on your lock. Than look at the door frame and the keeps which the locks lock into. You will more than likely find that these can be adjusted in and out to tigthen the door against the seal.

Note : If at first the cams or keep screws will not turn spray a bit of WD 40 or a similar product on them first. This will loosen any dirt or so the may make they hard to turn.

Door is catching on frame when you open & close it

One of the most common problems with doors is the are catching on the frame when you open & close it.

The most common reason for this is the door leaf is after dropping a small piece. This can happen with a lot of doors sometime it is due to the door not been toe & healed properly, this means the glass or panel have not been packed tight enough to the door leaf. But in some cases it can happen that the door was not adjusted enough to allow for the door expansion in hot weather. As a PVC door can expand up to 5mm in hot weather.

To adjust your door all you need is a set of hex keys and on the hinge you will find three different types of adjustments. One is to move the door over and back. The other is to move the door up and down, and finally the last one will move the door in and out against the seal.

All that is need is put the hex key into any of these and turn. Once finished just check and make sure your door is still locking a if you over adjust your lock may not line up with the keep enough to allow it to lock. If this happen ether ajust the door hinge back or move the door keep on the fame so the it lines up with the lock again.


As you can see from above most problems with doors can be sorted quite easy and with little to no effort at all. But if you do run into a problem just ask a question in the comments below. And if all else fails. Just call a trades person. But at least now you will have some idea as to what may be wrong and you won;t be conned into paying high price bills for parts that never get replaced.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Well set out and explained and the images are great, too.

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      Larry Rankin 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Useful information.


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