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HOW TO...Fix A French Door That Won't Latch

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In the year ending June 2018, there were 79,117 reported robberies in England and Wales, a number which shows that far too many residents have experienced the terror of having their homes broken in to. 

The traumatic experience of a break in is enough to leave you extremely worried about the safety of your home. Even for those people who have never experienced a burglary first-hand, home security should still be a top priority, especially when it comes to the security of doors.

There are many ways to enhance the security of French doors, but if the door doesn’t lock properly to begin with, that should be the number one priority, for the safety of your home, family and belongings.

The exact method for how to fix a French door that won’t latch will depend on the specific problem and the design of your doors, but it’s very often a quick fix. Here are five of the easiest ways to fix a latch on a French door:

Fix One: Make Sure the Door Isn’t Obstructed

The first thing that you should check on a door that doesn’t latch properly is whether there are any obstructions that may be interfering with the door.

You should check for obstructions around the door perimeter, in the door drainage holes, underneath the door and where the door is connected to the frame. Any obstructions should be removed and any debris should be cleaned.

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If you have a wooden French door, then the latch problem may be due to warping of the door. This is more likely to be the case after a bout of very hot weather, which is a common cause of door warping

Fix Two: Lubricate the Latch

If you have trouble operating the latch even when the doors are open, then the chances are that the latch is to blame for the problems that you’re having with the door.

One quick fix that can work in some cases is to apply a lubricant to the latch which will help the door to operate much smoother and ease some of the signs of wear and tear.

Fix Three: Check for Door Warping 

If you have a wooden French door, then the latch problem may be due to warping of the door. This is more likely to be the case after a bout of very hot weather, which is a common cause of door warping.

If you notice that your door has warped, then the best solution is often to replace the door, ensuring that your door is properly secure and isn’t going to be a weak point in your home’s security.

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You should make sure that the latch is secured properly to the door and check to make sure that it’s installed in the correct location. If the latch is not secure then it may need to be tightened and if it’s in the wrong place then it should be altered

Fix Four: Realign the Door Hinges

Hinge misalignment is an immensely common problem in doors of all styles and constructions. When the hinges fall out of alignment it can cause latch problems and other locking problems with French Doors.

Depending on the type of door, it can be easy or difficult to realign the doors, as you’ll need to manually adjust the hinges. Adjusting or tightening the hinges will bring the door back into alignment and help the door to operate much smoother.  

Fix Five: Check the Latch is Installed Properly

A latch that has been installed incorrectly may not work properly, so if the door won’t latch even after removing any obstructions and realigning the door, it’s worth checking whether the latch is installed correctly.

You should make sure that the latch is secured properly to the door and check to make sure that it’s installed in the correct location. If the latch is not secure then it may need to be tightened and if it’s in the wrong place then it should be altered.

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If you’re concerned about the security of your French doors, then it’s never been easier to get them replaced. You can book a survey straight from the Home Logic website to discuss the option of improved doors with one of our experts, or even get a free online estimate for new doors!

Time for a New Door? Book a Survey with a Home Logic Expert

A door that doesn’t function as it should is always a worrying sign, especially when that door is on the exterior of your property. If your door is showing the signs of age, or is having recurring issues, like those with latching, then it could be time to replace the door.

Modern UPVC French doors come with an excellent range of locking mechanisms, that’ll give you a peace of mind about the security of your doors. Combined with the strength and durability of modern UPVC, a door upgrade could be very beneficial to your home’s overall security. 

If you’re concerned about the security of your French doors, then it’s never been easier to get them replaced. You can book a survey straight from the Home Logic website to discuss the option of improved doors with one of our experts, or even get a free online estimate for new doors!

Don’t let a problematic door bring down your home security-upgrade your door to very latest locking system today by simply calling 0800 1700 636, or, alternatively, by simply clicking the button below!