Statistics from Yale the lock specialists, suggest that a million multipoint door locks could fail this year, probably leaving thousands of homes unsecured and homeowners locked out of their properties.
A multipoint lock runs the length of a PVCu door and has several points of contact, such as hooks or bolts, which lock the door into the frame.
Many older multipoint locks are reaching the end of their lifecycle and growing numbers are expected to fail over the coming months as a result of years of usage.
With the majority of homes in the UK built in the last two decades having PVCu front doors, this could leave tens of thousands of homeowners with a broken lock, or even locked out of their home if the lock fails altogether.
So Yale recommend that your multipoint door lock should be replaced, as soon as it starts to show any of the following five warning signs:
- 1.Your handle droops excessively or feels loose.
- 2.The locking points show signs of damage or are worn.
- 3.Your handle makes a clunking or grinding sound when operated.
- 4.You need to use unnecessary force when turning the handle and closing the door.
- 5.One or more of the locking points fails to operate fully when you lift the handle.
In response to this situation, security specialist Yale has launched Doormaster™ – a ground-breaking range that allows you to quickly and easily replace your multipoint lock, without the hassle and cost of replacing the entire door.
If you are competent at DIY, and have a PVCu door, you can now fit a Doormaster™ Universal replacement multipoint lock, which comes with all parts and fixings included.
Alternatively if you prefer a professional to replace your lock, you can arrange professional installation via the Yale Doormaster™ Expert network; a national network of Yale approved installers, who can replace the multipoint locks in PVCu, composite and timber doors.
The Yale Doormaster™ Universal replacement multipoint lock retails from around £75 (including VAT).
To find out more about the Yale Doormaster™ door lock range, or to arrange professional installation via your nearest Yale Doormaster™ Expert, please visit the website.