Winter-proofing uPVC doors and windows

double glazed windows in winter

Effects of winter on uPVC windows and doors

When it is cold outside, all lots of us really want to do is close the door firmly, check the windows are closed, put our slippers on and warm up with a steaming cup of tea. But what if the doors and windows don’t fit properly?

Ill-fitting doors and windows

Changes in temperature can cause expansion and contraction of uPVC windows and doors. Even a tiny change of a few millimetres might mean that you get a problem with stiff doors. A window may no longer align with its frame. Doors and windows that do not fit their frames exactly lead to unwanted draughts. Very unwelcome on days when all you wanted to do was to shut the cold weather out.

There are multiple moving parts in the locking mechanisms of uPVC doors and windows. In extreme cold, some of these materials can become brittle, meaning that they break or shatter. This makes it impossible to close the door or window properly, leading to heat loss and a lack of security.

Condensation in uPVC panels

Cold snaps and prolonged wintry weather can affect uPVC products and make them less efficient. Sometimes, heavy rain and wind can make seals fail, leading to moisture getting trapped inside the uPVC panels. Conservatory roof panels can be lifted by the wind, causing leaks.

Fix problems with uPVC doors and windows

West Wales Locksmiths has years of experience of mending uPVC windows and doors affected by the wintry Welsh climate. It is more cost-effective and environmentally efficient to repair or replace lock mechanisms and door and window frames than to install completely new units.

Please feel free to make an appointment today with your local, independent uPVC window and door repairs company. Let’s winter-proof your home so you can enjoy that cup of tea with no cold draughts.