Don’t panic if your UPVc window installer no longer exists

Many people who had UPVc windows or doors installed by companies who may not still be in existence often don’t know where to turn for repairs. Companies such as Coldseal windows, once major players in the UPVc window and door installation market, went bankrupt and left many customers unsure of how to access window repair services for their Coldseal windows.

The good news is that the windows and doors are still easily serviceable by a reputable provider of window repair services, and 0121 Repairs engineers have vast knowledge of the window mechanisms and profiles of many of the industry’s big players such as Coldseal windows.

Whether it be failed locks, handles or hinges or replacements for misted units or cracked glass, decades of window installation and repair experience held by 0121 Repairs engineers means every job can be undertaken and customers have complete peace of mind of quality of workmanship and service guarantee.


A misty start to Spring?

 

Spring has sprung – and while many will be glad to see longer days and sunnier skies, quite often there is frustration to see that as the sun shines through the window, a misted unit can put a dampener on the brightest of days.

Unsightly they may be, but misted units are very common and the replacement of them is easy, cost effective and can transform the look of a room that has been spoiled by a misted window unit. Quite often, people think they can be repaired, and there are companies that offer this service, but a replacement for a brand new unit can be cost-comparable and will last for many more years.

 

The best advice for consumers who are interested in having misted unit replaced is to measure the window to get an approximate size – a good rule of thumb is to measure the glass that is visible and not to worry too much about accuracy, small marginal differences really won’t affect the quote. If there is any lead pattern in the unit, or it is toughened (for instance in the bottom panel of a door or any window that is less than 800mm from the ground) it is advisable to mention this when obtaining a quote, as it does affect the price.

 

Many consumers are surprised that a problem they may have been putting up with for some time is so easily remedied. A unit replacement can make their misty days instantly brighter!


Buy one get one free throughout March and April: anti-snap locks to combat breaking and entering crime.

Home security is a growing issue for many, as the recessionary pinch has spurred a rise in crime. Whilst homeowners have always been advised to take security measures, unfortunately thieves can often be one step ahead, continually developing ways around these.

Many people believe that their UPVc doors and composite doors are safe and secure, but thieves can now snap a standard cylinder lock in just a few seconds, silently and easily – and there are even ‘how to’ videos popping up on sites such as YouTube.

A break in can cause trauma, loss and inconvenience, and with nothing more than a flat ended screwdriver, criminals are able to snap the door handle plate to expose the lock barrel, which is then easily snapped.

In addition to this, thieves are ‘bumping’ locks using a bump key which is readily available on the internet and can be used to bump the lock pins out of lock position. Even without this key, normal locks can be picked or drilled with ease and speed by experienced thieves.

Fortunately, the window and door industry has responded with a high security anti-snap and anti-bump lock which offers much higher security for home and business owners. There is a general lack of knowledge among consumers about the availability of these locks, and their relative low cost to ensure security and avoid loss. In fact, they are only marginally more expensive than a regular lock.

0121 Repairs is fitting these for £60 – but throughout March and April they are Buy One Get One Free. Consumers can secure the front and back doors to their home for just £60 – and have complete peace of mind of security

Watch this short video on lock bumping    

.Watch this BBC clip on lock snapping.


MOT for windows as important as MOT for car to avoid unwanted repair costs

If looked after, UPVc windows can look good and provide energy efficiency for many years – but maintenance work is required to keep them at their best and avoid damages that will warrant window repairs and costs that could have easily been avoided. Although UPVc is billed as ‘maintenance free’, this simply means there is no regular up-keep on paintwork associated with timber, but some work is still required to keep it looking its best.

From cleaning frames once a year with a good cleaner to keep them looking fresh, to oiling hinges with a lubricant, there are things every homeowner can do to avoid repair costs on UPVc windows and doors.

A window or door hinge that has not been oiled can become stiff, and then in the process of trying to force a window open or closed, the hinge can be bent. Once this occurs, the only course of action is replacement.  Oiling locks is also advisable as well as checking screws haven’t become loose in both hinges and handles.

Many people require double glazing repairs in Birmingham and surrounding areas as a result of not following some simple maintenance tips. So, the advice is to do a window MOT as one would be done for a car, and homeowners can look forward to great looking windows for years to come.

 

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Broken window hinges replaced

 


Take extra security measures as the nights draw in

 

As the nights draw in and days are shorter, opportunistic thieves make the most of the cover darkness gives them. Extra security measures to prevent this are advisable, and are available in a variety of guises.

As well as high security anti-snap locks that are now widely available through reputable UPVc door and window repair companies, a popular and cost-effective solution that homeowners are opting for are sash jammers, or snap locks, as they’re sometimes known.

These inconspicuous devices provide added security, as, if an intruder were able to break into the window or door lock, they would not be able to gain access as the sash jammers/snap locks are fitted to the top and bottom of a UPVc door or window (or on the side of a window, depending on where the opener is) to make it virtually impossible to prise open the window.

The sash jammers/snap lock are relatively small and won’t spoil the look of the door or window, but provide a great solution and added peace of mind for those worried about what the dark nights can bring.

A good double glazing repair company will be able to install the sash jammers/snap lock quickly with no mess or fuss – giving home owners added security in an instant.


Forcing a lock mechanism can lead to an unnecessary replacement cost.

Having to pay out for maintenance work at any time can be unexpected and undesirable, but as Christmas approaches, bills for work to repair window and door fittings can be particularly unwanted.

However, in some cases it can be preventable. It is quite common for double glazing repair operatives to see damaged locks on UPVc doors which, with an earlier intervention, could have been prevented from getting any worse.

Lock mechanisms can become stiff or difficult to operate for a variety of reasons. Some people put up with this to try and avoid the cost of a repair or replacement to the lock. In the long run, this can work out costly as, in many cases, the lock can be serviced so that it works with ease without having to replace it.

When people continue to force a lock which is stiff, it can lead to the lock snapping, and then a replacement is required which is more costly than getting it looked at earlier. Prevention is better than cure and with the right expertise, a lock can be fixed and continue to work for many years to come.