Figures suggest that a million multipoint door locks could fail this year as they reach the end of their lifecycle, potentially 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.
This is why it’s worth replacing your multipoint door lock as soon as it starts to show any of these 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 your handle and closing the door
5. One or more of the locking points fails to operate fully when you lift the handle
To address this problem, security specialist Yale has launched Doormaster™ – a revolutionary range that allows you to quickly and easily replace your multipoint lock, without the hassle and cost of replacing the entire door.
If you have a PVCu door and are a competent DIYer, you can opt for a Doormaster™ Universal replacement multipoint lock, which comes with all parts and fixings included.
If you would prefer a professional to replace your lock, then you can arrange professional installation via the associated 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™ range or to arrange professional installation via your nearest Yale Doormaster™ Expert, please visit www.yale.co.uk/doormaster