As in everything good and beautiful there are always drawbacks, so the balcony plastic door has its minus. She often comes to us from the factory without a latch. Any gust of wind or mechanical impact can open it any minute. And this is not good. Especially where there are small children in the house. Having arranged to play in a room on the floor, they will catch cold, and the next day they will have, at least, a cold. Yes, and in apartments where there are smokers who go out from time to time on the balcony, there is a risk of falling into the room of smoke due to the door is not securely closed. What to do to avoid such situations?How to close the balcony door?
- Latch on the plastic balcony door: what it can be
- Magnetic latch on the balcony door: design features
- Mechanical balcony latch: variants and installation
- Sliding latch of the balcony door: features of the mechanism
- Malfunctions of the latch for the balcony PVC door fixing them
- Installation of the magnetic latch on the balcony door( video)
Latch on the plastic balcony door: whatIt can be
Agree that any door that does not click is not a door, but an element of decor that does not bring useful functions. The door must protect against cold, noise, or foreign smells. Not to mention the front door, which is also required to prevent unwanted entry into the premises of strangers. But we'll talk about this some other time. Let's return to the latches.
The latch on the plastic balcony door is designed to provide the doors with a tight fix in the closed state. In addition, the latch should be freely adjustable, and keep the door closed when it needs to be opened.
All kinds of latches look different, and in various ways provide their basic functions. There are latches, equipped with additional elements that provide other functions.
Types of latches for plastic balcony doors:
- Magnetic latch. It keeps the door from being opened by magnetic attraction.
- Roller latch. It is more reliable than magnetic and works almost silently.
- The tongue latch. Even more reliable option, but not suitable for all plastic doors.
- Handle with latch. The simplest, budget option. Mounted together with manual.
There is still such a variety of ways to close balcony doors like "The Handle of a Smoker".With her help, the person stepping out onto the balcony can close the balcony door tightly behind him so that the smoke does not get into the room.
Magnetic latch on the balcony door: design features
The simplest and most reliable way is the magnetic latch for the plastic door. This type of latches have been used for a long time. It is the most simple in operation and reliably fulfills its functions.
The magnetic latch on the balcony door consists of two plates that are magnetized. When in contact, these plates adhere to each other, and tightly hold the door closed.
can do even fine. Such a latch is so easy to install that even a novice master can equip it on its balcony door.
Positive qualities of the magnetic latch for the door:
- Tightly holds the door closed;
- Easy to close;
- Pretty tightly opened;
- Simply mounted;
- Has a long service life;
- She does not need repair;
- Works almost silently;
- Allows you to easily open the balcony door without hands, when they are busy with products that you carry from the balcony or other things.
Install the magnetic latch on the balcony PVC door very easily. With screws of 3-3.5 cm, screw one part of the latch at the handle level, then install the lock cylinder, and install the second platinum on the jamb in the place where the cylinder will enter. Do this gradually, checking to see if the latch prevents the door from opening freely. If you prefer only magnetic latches, but you see that one latch with its functions is weak, then you need to install one more. Then the door will hold firmer.
Mechanical balcony latch: variants and installation
The principle of mechanical latches is that the lock comes in a groove fit to the size, and thus keeps the door closed. Mechanical latches are roller and reed. Roller latch is equipped with a special spring roller, which is pressed and again becomes in place with the help of a spring. The reed mechanism should be set in motion by means of a handle.
The roller-type balcony latch is the second most popular after magnetic latches. It also performs its functions qualitatively and does not require hands to move it.
The effect of this latch is that the roller, which is attached to the mechanism on the door, with the help of an extruded spring, enters the groove located on the jamb. When the door opens, or closes, the sloping recesses of the groove help push the roller into the mechanism.
Roller latch consoles:
- Needs to be embedded in the plane of the door;
- If the door is skewed, it will be necessary to adjust the level of the latch;
- The return spring may fail and the mechanism will not operate;
- Needs repair, lubrication and replacement.
From mechanical types of latches, the roller takes the leading position. This is due to the ease of operation of the mechanism and the ease of its installation in the door of PVC.Do not be afraid that you can not put such a latch yourself. The instruction, which is attached to all high-quality goods, will help you to do everything right.
Sliding latch for the balcony door: features of the
mechanism. If you need to have a lock on the inside of the balcony, with which you can lock the door, then your option is a tongue latch. Currently, there are many options for mechanisms with locks of various types. They are designed to provide the performance of their functions with handles with latches in a variety of options.
The latch of the balcony door with a lock allows you to equip the door with many functions simultaneously.
In addition, many finished PVC doors already come complete with such handles - latches. Installed correctly in the right place, these latches will ensure the safety and reliable operation of the structure.
Features of the mechanical built-in latch with a lock:
- The locking rotary mechanism does not allow the door to close automatically when leaving the balcony;
- Allows you to set the door to ventilation mode;
- Has the function of "child lock";
- Possible as a simultaneous use of both latches and latches, and separate.
Some mechanisms provide for fixing the tab in the lock. In this case, the door will open silently, and keep it magnets.
Malfunctions of latch for balcony PVC door to their removal
To install the latch for the balcony door, special knowledge is not needed. You need to have at hand only the right set of tools and materials. But often it happens that the latches fail or the door is skewed, and the device no longer works.
Latches for balcony PVC doors can be repaired, and even need their own hands.
This failure is not so difficult to resort to the help of specialists, and to pay money for it.
How to repair the latch:
- Pull it from the inside;
- Pull out the spring, check its serviceability;
- If the spring is compressed, place a nut under it.
Assemble the structure in reverse order and lock it.
Installing the magnetic latch on the balcony door( video)
A properly equipped PVC door will not only be a reliable helper for you in the house, but also an advocate for trouble, or even trouble. When the house has small children, the functions that ensure the safety of everything, including the balcony, will not be superfluous. And one more thing - do not install locking mechanisms outside the balcony. Even if it seems to you that there is nothing terrible in this, then believe me, one ridiculous accident can cost lives for your children.