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Like any door, it is common for uPVC and composite doors to need adjusting over time to ensure that they are always fitting in their frame properly – especially after prolonged use. If your door isn’t fitting as snug as it once was, hinge and keep adjustments are a quick and easy fix to get your door operating like new again. Think of it as fine tuning to get the best out of your uPVC and composite doors.

What are the telltale signs that my composite or uPVC door needs adjusted?

If you have noticed your composite or uPVC door sagging, letting in more draughts than usual or it has become difficult or heavy to open and close – there’s a chance your door needs a minor hinge or keep adjustment.

How to check if my uPVC or composite door needs adjusted? 

First carry out a visual inspection. Check the hinges and look for any uneven gaps between the door and the frame. If hung correctly, the gap between the door and the frame should be even throughout. Check the mitres of your uPVC or composite door are aligned with the mitres of the frame. If you have a spirit level handy, position it on the top of the door. If the spirit level is unbalanced and your uPVC or composite door is misaligned, it’s time to adjust the hinges of your door.

How to adjust the hinges of a composite or uPVC door?

Adjusting a composite or uPVC door is a quick and easy job with the right tools. Usually an allan key set and a flat headed screwdriver does the trick, however the specific tools and instructions on how to make hinge adjustments to your uPVC or composite door can be found in your manufacturer’s guidance. Often a uPVC or composite door only needs a minor adjustment of 1-2mm to be back operating smoothly and efficiently again. If your door is still under warranty, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when adjusting and caring for your door to keep your guarantee intact.

Had a uPVC or composite door installed by us and looking for product specific information on hinge adjustments? Check out our care guides and resources section here.

I’ve done the hinge adjustment and the issue still isn’t fixed. What now?

If you made the hinge adjustments and the door still isn’t balanced, it might be time to replace the hinges fully or contact the manufacturer if the door is still under warranty. 

I made the hinge adjustments and the issue is fixed, but how do I stop it happening again?

As we mentioned, hinge adjustments are common and often unavoidable when a door is heavily used. However, regular maintenance and care for your uPVC or composite doors should allow you to make any minor hinge adjustments when they are needed – improving the life span and function of your uPVC or composite door.

Looking to replace your uPVC or composite door and improve your home’s security, style and energy efficiency? We’ll be happy to provide you with a no-obligation design and estimate. Our professional installation teams transform homes in Dundee, Angus, Fife and across the east coast of Scotland.  We have a full range of uPVC doors and composite doors, designed to suit your home style and made to measure.

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