Today there is a balcony in almost every apartment. If we talk about the premises in a multi-storey building, then this probability is almost one hundred percent. Recently, everyone is trying to save on space heating, so a high-quality balcony door should be installed unconditionally. And, of course, it should be equipped with such an element as a latch for the door leaf to the balcony.
The latch for a door made of plastic is a rather functional and convenient element of door hardware, which also performs another important function - it protects the home from illegal entry or hacking. The principle of operation of such a latch is extremely simple and similar to the operation of latches located on the doors of cabinets in the kitchen. This makes it possible not to be distracted by controlling the position of the door.
The design of this device is designed so that a person can freely open the door , while he did not have to make any big efforts. At the same time, even serious wind gusts cannot break the closure of the door. This is precisely the main purpose of the mounted door latch for the door to the balcony - to keep it from swinging open.
Another name for the mechanism, which should be said a little, is the latch of the smoker. To explain such a name is quite simple - you just need to slam the door on the latch and cigarette smoke does not begin to go inside the room. And the use of such a latch is simply convenient, since for a short exit to the balcony there is no need to lock the door. At the same time, when using a 1-sided lock and the absence of a latch on one side, the door cannot be closed when leaving the room. As you can see, the need to install the latch mechanism on the balcony door cannot be argued.
The latch for the type of door under consideration is an excellent solution that will not only avoid the door slamming, but also protect the glass from breaking or deformation. There are three options for such solutions. Each category has its own advantages and disadvantages.
If we talk about the magnetic solution, then a similar mechanism is usually used in kitchen cabinets. Its convenience lies in the fact that such a latch can be mounted on the pin, which usually comes with such solutions, and a magnetic type tongue can be installed on the frame, which will hold the sash when closing. You can find several categories of such latches on the market, but, as a rule, a strip in the shape of the letter G is usually found. It has holes through which it is easy to screw it to the door. Many models have holes in the same place as ordinary fittings, which makes it possible to attach the bar quite simply. If the latches do not have fasteners, then they can be made using the simplest drill.
In order for the plank to be fixed tightly with one hundred percent coincidence of the holes with those on the fittings, you can simply use slightly larger screws. A case is mounted on the door frame, inside of which there are magnets. It is usually made of plastic and must be attached using self-tapping screws. This latch is very simple in terms of design, which ensures its high reliability. The latch prevents the magnets from rubbing against one another, which helps to extend their service life.
At the same time, magnets will not let the door slam, which will be a plus for those who do not like loud sounds. In general, this is a simple and effective solution to the issue of closing the door to the balcony.
Another interesting option is the roller type mechanism. He will be in a special building. Its reverse side will be supported by a spring. This device is placed at the end of the door to the balcony. It is worth noting that the roller has the ability to rotate. There is a special deepening in the bar, when the roller is in it, then it kind of goes deep into the structure and cannot return to its original position, which allows the door to be fixed. At the same time, it’s easy to open the door - for this you just need to push it a little.
It is the sash that cannot open due to the containment of the spring. Designs of a rotary type do not participate in opening, which makes the design more durable. To install such a latch, you need a screwdriver, drill and screws. The highlight of this mechanism will be the need for accurate selection of the location of the groove and the roller against each other. If this is not done, then the mechanism will be inoperative. If the roller is mounted crookedly or incorrectly, the door will not close at all. This type of lock may break if improperly handled, which requires proper installation. In addition, it must be checked periodically for damage or distortions.
Fallback latches are another fairly common category that a mechanical latch has. A similar option is considered traditional. It works in much the same way as the movie. The part enters the recess, and the special spring does not allow it to exit without the use of mechanical force on the part of man. To open the door normally in a similar situation, you should install a special pen equipped with a rotary type mechanism. And the strip should be mounted on a glass frame, after which the latch is placed on the door.
During installation, distortions should be avoided or this will cause the door to stop closing. Such a mechanism is not very convenient if the person’s hands are busy with something.
How to choose?
It is worth talking how exactly you can choose a locking mechanism for a plastic door. The selection of the locking mechanism should be treated responsibly, because the functionality of the door will depend on it. The following criteria are usually important for selection:
- how often do tenants leave the room on the balcony or loggia;
- how much they have;
- whether aesthetic appearance is important or not;
- complexity of installation.
If the door leaf does not open often, there are no people in the house who smoke, then it will be enough to install a simple mechanical latch. Then the subsidence of the structure will be extremely slow, due to which the roller or any other latch will last as long as possible. If the need for access to a balcony or a loggia often arises, it would be better to install a magnetic solution for a balcony door made of polyvinyl chloride.
Closing and opening the sash will be much easier, it will work even if there is a skew. The advantages of this particular option will be that the product is small and after installation it will be completely invisible. Mounting a magnetic latch is also quite simple. The only drawback that does not allow calling this option ideal is the high price.
Important! All latches on the market today are universal, which allows them to be used with most profiles used today. But upon purchase, it will not be wrong to inquire from the seller about the compatibility of the product with the profile that will be used.
How to install and adjust?
It should be said that the installation of roller and magnetic type solutions on the door in question is very similar, but there is a slight difference between them, for which reason it is necessary to understand how to put different options for the latches. If we talk about mounting the roller version on the door leaf, then regardless of the type of construction - the roller or hard language, the installation procedure will be the same. It is worth noting that there are two categories of latches on a PVC door - nine and thirteen millimeters in size. The selection of the model will vary from the profile category that was installed earlier. That is, when buying, it is enough to tell the seller about this, and he will select the necessary solution.
Before starting the described process, you should unscrew the self-tapping screw located at the end of the door leaf at the main handle. A door made of plastic tends to bend slightly, and if a person decides to put the latch on the bottom or at the top of the canvas, then there is a chance that the canvas will need to be pressed again so that the roller is completely in the counterpart. Now a roller is screwed into the end of the door.
It should be understood that the roller stands for the blade, for which reason it is immediately better to choose a longer self-tapping screw, so that thanks to it the difference in distance is compensated. You should not take too long a decision for the reason that you will not damage the double-glazed window, which is located directly opposite it. At the same time, it should be longer than the previously installed solution.
To mount the counterpart on the frame, mark the place where the roller will be located as clearly as possible. Then it is necessary to attach a ruler to the roller center in a horizontal position and mark the location on the front side of the canvas, and then the door closes, and the marking is already transferred to the frame itself. The line on the frame end must be located directly in the center of the input type hole on the latch. It is necessary to carry out the attachment of the latch and its subsequent fastening from above using a self-tapping screw. It is best to use a 19 millimeter screw.
Check the accuracy of the roller. It is necessary to close and open the door several times. If everything came up accurately, then you can screw in and screw from the bottom. If a mistake is made and the reciprocal part does not converge, then you should look at where and at what distance it has shifted. After this, unscrew the upper self-tapping screw and attach the strip using the lower self-tapping screw. And after the inspection, it is necessary to screw in another place and the self-tapping screw at the top. But full fixing of the bar of the reciprocal type is carried out only after the verification.
It is worth considering the installation of a magnetic type mechanism. In general, the installation will be carried out similarly to the above procedure. First you need to start with the fact that you should unscrew the nearest self-tapping screw to the handle, as well as dismantle the steel strap fasteners. In this situation, the self-tapping screw can not be changed to another, because the thickness of this bar does not exceed the figure of one millimeter. Now you should close the door a little and mark the lower and upper borders of the steel strip on the frame, and fasten the counterpart of the latch with a magnet to the frame.
In general, it is easy to see that there is nothing complicated in installing such a latch, as well as in setting it up. The main thing, when carrying out these processes, is guided by knowledge of the technical features of the door itself, as well as the selected type of latches. In addition, you should choose the right latch depending on the needs of the residents of the room.
In the next video, you will find the installation of a balcony latch.