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Last updated: 30 July 2023

UPVC door repair options and costs guide

If your UPVC door is in need of repair, you may be wondering what the best option is. Should you try to fix it yourself, or call in a professional? In this article, we will explore the different repair options and their associated costs. We will also provide some tips on how to extend the life of your UPVC door.

Door repair.

Can a damaged uPVC door be repaired?

If your existing door is still in good condition, you may be able to repair it yourself. Depending on the issue, this could include replacing weather seals, handles and locks and other minor repairs.

In some cases, more serious damage such as a warped frame or broken glass can also be repaired with the right tools and materials. We’ll cover some of the most common door repairs in this article, but if at the end you are still unsure of what type of repair is needed, it is recommended that you call in a specialist uPVC door repair service for some professional advice.

What to do with a cracked uPVC door:

When it comes to front doors, cracked uPVC can be a major security risk and should be fixed as soon as possible. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to replace the entire door.

If this is not possible, minor cracks or pieces of broken glass can be repaired using a clear acrylic sealant. You may also need to replace weather seals and handles as part of the repair work.

The best way to fix a uPVC door that has been cracked or warped consists of:

1. Remove the damaged section of the door (if necessary) and prepare any new materials needed for repair.

2. Clean the area thoroughly to ensure that no dirt or debris remains

3. Apply a clear acrylic sealant to fill in cracks and help prevent further damage, if applicable

4. Replace weather seals, handles, locks and other parts as necessary

5. Reassemble all parts of the door and check for any misalignments (we’ll discuss this in more detail shortly)

How to repair dented door panels:

Accidental damage such as dents to your door panels can be repaired with a little know-how. To start, you need to unscrew the panel and remove it from the door frame carefully.

Once this is done, fill any dents or dimples in the panel using a filler material such as wood putty or even bondo (an auto body repair material). Afterward, you can sand the filled area and then reattach the panel to the door frame. UPVC door repairs are not always easy, but this is a relatively simple fix.

How to fix a misaligned uPVC door:

Another uPVC door problem that’s extremely common is misalignment which typically leads to a door that does not close properly. This can be caused by a variety of issues, but the most common is an issue with the hinges or the frame itself.

If the problem is due to a warped frame, then you may need to replace the entire door. If it’s just a case of misaligned hinges, then it’s fairly easy to re-align them. This may require adjusting the screws and bolts on the hinge or even replacing them altogether. We’ve covered how to adjust uPVC door hinges in full detail here along with each different type of hinge, whether it be a butt hinge, flag hinge, t hinge or rebate hinge, we’ll walk you through the whole process step by step.

To give you an overview, the process looks like this:

1. Remove the door from the frame

2. Check the alignment

3. Shim the hinge into place

4. Reattach the door and check the door alignment

It’s worth noting that it can be a little challenging doing this yourself, particularly when taking the door on and off and making sure it’s aligned, so for this uPVC door repair task we would recommend getting some assistance if possible.

How do you fix a uPVC door locking mechanism:

If you have multi point locks the door repair is slightly different as it requires you to align the hooks, rollers and the latch on both sides of the door. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to replace either part or all of the locking mechanism.

This is not a job for an amateur DIY-er and if you’re unsure what needs to be done then it’s recommended that you get the advice of a professional uPVC door repair service.

The cost of uPVC door repair:

The uPVC door repair cost will depend on the extent of the damage and whether any additional materials are required. Generally speaking, most minor repairs can be completed for around £50-£100 plus labour costs. More extensive repairs and replacements will cost significantly more depending on the door size, materials used and labour costs.

If you have an issue with your lock, the price of door repair can be slightly higher as the locks are more intricate and require specialist tools. In this case, it’s best to consult a professional who will be able to give you a more accurate estimate.

If your door includes uPVC windows and / or double glazing, the cost of the repair or replacement could be significantly higher. It’s worth getting some quotes from a few different companies to get an idea of what you can expect for doors and windows in this case.

The uPVC door repair cost when including double glazing a uPVC window, will likely be in the hundreds, but can vary depending on the type and size of the windows being replaced.

Overall, the cost of repairing uPVC doors is usually fairly reasonable and depending on the issue can often be done quite quickly.

Materials required for repairing a UPVC door:

When it comes to repairing a uPVC door, the materials needed can vary greatly depending on what exactly needs to be done. For replacing panels or filling in cracks, some basic materials such as wood putty and bondo may be all that’s needed.

For more complex repairs such as re-aligning hinges or replacing locks, specialist tools may be required. It’s always best to check with a professional who will have all the necessary tools and materials to complete the job.

In some cases, it may also be necessary to purchase replacement components such as hinges or locks if they are not in good condition. This too should be checked with a professional as they can advise on the best options for your uPVC door.

How to repair uPVC doors:

In conclusion, repairing a uPVC door can be done relatively inexpensively and quickly depending on what needs to be done. In most cases, basic repairs such as filling in cracks can be done by yourself with a few basic materials.

For more complex repairs such as re-aligning and replacing locks or hinges, it’s best to get the advice of a professional uPVC door repair service who will have all the necessary tools and materials to complete the job. With their help, you can be sure that your door will be repaired quickly and correctly.

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