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Window Boarding Service

Lockforce Locksmith in Hull and East Riding Window Boarding Service

We offer a 24 Hour Rapid Boarding service all our boarding is done non-destructively to cause no further damage to your property. We always wear gloves and work with the police scene of crimes officers to make sure we don’t damage, and possible evidence should it be required.

We use multiple boarding techniques mostly using batons and board to secure the window or door whilst keeping the frame free from damage caused by screws or bolts. The boards we use are OSB – Oriented strand Boards these provide protection from the elements such and cold and rain as well whilst the board is in place.

We work with the local police force Humberside police to conduct multiple window boarding’s for them daily. We also provided window boarding services to multiple estate agency and property management companies too. Our boarding service is for both commercial and domestic customer to secure your, Home, Business, Property, Rented buildings and Empty buildings.

We conduct boarding for a number of reasons such as where
·         Entry needed to be gained to check on a loved on by the fire service, Police or Ambulance service.
·         To secure a building after vandalism
·         Boarding a building after a Fire
·         Boarding a door or window as a temporary securing measure
·         Boarding a Building to prevent unwanted people gaining access.
·         Boarding after a break in or burglary

For More information contact us on: 01482 298002 / 07740003187

MPL Repairs by Lockforce Locksmiths Leeds

Lockforce Locksmiths in Leeds are UPVC repair specialists; we stock hundreds of different make, model and types of UPVC mechanisms for UPVC doors, patio sliding doors and the more popular composite doors. But why do they break? And what happens when they do? This short blog is of recent UPVC issues we have carried out all over the city of Leeds


Pictured above is a Multi Point Locking system removed from a front door in Holbeck Leeds, what happened here was the customer went to open her door and turned the key in the lock to open which is did, then went to pull down the handle to open the door and all that happened was a noisy crack, the handle became floppy and the door remained shut. Lockforce arrived on site and opened the door using our specialist bypass tools and then removed the locking system to identify the make and model and identify the broken parts. The middle section is called a gearbox and it was this that had collapsed on the spindle. We removed the old and refit the new Multi Point Gearbox and linked the rods together, tested out of the door then fitted in the door and retested, all was good and the door was repaired. This lock failure was due to wear and tear the unit was 25 years old and has been used constantly nearly every day in that time

Some UPVC multi point locking systems also have mortise keys not the standard Yale type euro locks , these systems work the same way, lift the handle engage the locking system that may have hooks, dead bolts, mushrooms or pins . However wear and tear and also badly cut keys can cause wear and tear damage to the internal levers, always make sure you get your original keys cut by a professional key cutter and never have a copy of a key copied

The Multi point locking system pictured above is a very old locking mechanism that is now discontinued, however it was not age or wear and tear that broke this locking system is was the door alignment. Door alignment is a common problem this is where the door has dropped and is no longer in line with the keeps in the door frame and closing and locking the door had become difficult, having to force the handle up before the key would turn to lock. This puts extra strain on the system and usually causes a link to break. Unfortunately with this system no longer available a new system and keep was installed.

If you have trouble locking your front door, patio door, composite door and you have to force the handle or the lock, contact a Locksmith a realignment of your door is much cheaper option and will add many years to your multi point locking system

Please feel free to call us on the contacts below if you have any questions or just want free advise on any Multi point locking system, we are here to help

Call me on Leeds; 0113 28876285
Text me on; 07843648471
Email me at carl@lockforce.co.uk

Mark Osborne takes on the Thames Valley business

Here at Lockforce we're delighted to welcome Mark Osborne to the business. The already established Thames Valley area will now be managed and operated by Mark and he's already getting stuck in!

Mark joins us with over 13 years of Locksmithing experience behind him, so is by no means a 'newbie' to this and the rave customer reviews are already coming flooding in!

Best of luck Mark!


Damon Smith opens the new Lockforce Manchester office

The Lockforce team are delighted to announce the establishment of our new Lockforce Manchester service team, owned and operated by Damon Smith.

Following some considerable research Damon made the decision to join Lockforce after reading reviews from other technicians already within the business. He has now successfully completed our extensive training programme and can't wait to hit the ground running!

Good luck Damon!


uPVC Window Repairs by Lockforce Locksmiths in Leeds

Lockforce Locksmiths in Leeds often get called out to Locking problems with UPVC windows, the most common issues are that the windows are seized closed and will not open or if they do open you cannot lock them closed. Other issues with UPVC type windows are people often lose the keys for the window locks and are unable to open and air the house, this is especially common once the summer months are upon us. The biggest issue is the actual Multi Point Locking system on the window fails this is the metal strip with the pins and bolts running along the window frame and will need replacing. Dependant on the set up of the house window we sometimes have to remove the actual window from the frame in order for us to replace the locking system.

Sometimes if the window is completely seized we have to tackle the window from the outside of the house and climb ladders to reach the window and open and remove the broken parts, a head for heights is often needed and a steady hand.

Window Multi point locking systems often work with rollers, locking into place in the keep in the frame. Other windows can have pins and bolts. The majority of issues are with the internal gearbox of the window which controls the bolts and pins moving into place.
Then we have the actual window handle with a cylinder lock built in, many occasions we pick open these locks by using hand picks open the window and replace with a new handle and key.

The other aspect of windows is we often get asked and also we recommend sash jammers to windows which are a fantastic cost effective aid to your security. Sash jammers are metal swivel locks that can stop a window opening from the outside but can be quickly turned to open in the event of a emergency a discreat highly effective security aid. These can also be fitted to Patio doors too

Please feel free to call us on the contacts below if you have any questions or just want free advice on any window issue you may have, we are here to help

Call me on Leeds; 0113 28876285
Text me on; 07843648471
Email me at carl@lockforce.co.uk

Lockforce Cardiff as The Clocks Change

Hopefully now with the clocks going forward and maybe with the slightest hint the weather is getting better, dare I say it, spring is almost here! So whilst you start that long overdue spring clean, trips to the dump and plan the next project around your home, take the time to look at your doors and, be honest, do you really know if your locks conform to British Standards? A requirement for most home insurers these days.

As soon as you lock that door everyone thinks their safe. You're locked in. Safe as houses. I do too. But without the right lock fitted to your door, a burglar will be inside in seconds and home insurer's know this. This is why they want you to have the right lock fitted, so that you're home and vehicles are properly protected.

My ethos is why make it easy for these criminals when they're not prepared to make an honest living when you are. Let's stop them getting in your homes and taking what belongs to you.

Because of this, I will always offer a free security survey of your locks and home, show you if you're locks aren't up to scratch and explain why. There is no charge for this service. Then all you have to do is decide if you want to upgrade or not. The choice is always yours. And I will also be able to check the alignment of your door to stop it catching all the time and making it difficult to lock (but I'll explain why this happens another time).

Remember, any problems with your doors or locks, or even if you just want some quick advice, give Chris a call at Lockforce locksmiths in Cardiff on 07713 878384, and I'm here to help.


Lockforce Leeds Discounts for the NHS

Lockforce Locksmiths in Leeds are proud working partners with the NHS and we receive many calls from NHS Hospitals, Clinics and Doctors surgeries. Some calls are emergency calls to open locked doors with patient safety concerns and many are to change locks following key losses or theft. One project we are currently undertaking is to secure medicine rooms with combination locks and also secure with dead locks. This is just a short blog of the jobs Lockforce Locksmiths Leeds have under taken this week for the NHS in Leeds

Our first job was to secure wards with combination digital locks at the Leeds General Infirmary this is so the door can be opened using a code rather than a key. Whilst at Lockforce Locksmiths Leeds we are always smartly dressed in company uniform and carry Identification badges it even more important working in hospitals, we always wear shoe covers and every last piece of saw dust is vacuumed up and the floors and doors cleaned to a high standard. Unfortunately even hospitals suffer from burglaries and many medicine rooms are broken into and drugs are often stolen.


We then took a call from the NHS clinic in Otley, Leeds. The emergency exit door lock had broken and they could not open the door from either side, Heath and safety is very important and with a full clinic of patients in the event of a fire or emergency the door needs to be operational. We arrived on site and signed into the reception book and then proceeded to open the locked door using locksmith bypass tools and once open stripped the lock to identify the broken parts. Lockforce Locksmiths Leeds carry over 10,000 lock parts in stock on our branded vans and is one of the reasons the NHS choose Lockforce as there maintance provider. The Lock had indeed broken but a new lock was installed and whist on site we cut an extra 28 keys for staff and doctors as the door was the main staff door and entry point for the alarm system.
All Lockforce Locksmiths Vans are equipped inside with the latest laser key cutting technology machines a must for the NHS. .

Next was to St James hospital in Leeds and an unusual request but they have a staff cycle storage unit and they had received complaints of a attempted bike theft earlier in the day. Lockforce Locksmiths Leeds arrived and secured the metal gates with a clasp and high security padlock, again we cut 50 keys for all the staff that use the bike storage unit. It is a sad reflection that hospital staff busy saving lives have their possessions targeted.

The next job was to attend the scene on behalf of the NHS and supported by the Police at the home of a recently released patient who had turned violent on NHS staff members and Lockforce Locksmiths Leeds provide a backup service on live jobs to gain entry fast to any properties if we are instructed to do so by the Authorities. Thankfully on this occasion all ended peacefully

Lockforce Locksmiths in Leeds are very proud to support the NHS and we get to see at first hand the hard work the staff tirelessly do every day. That’s also why we are a member of the NHS discount scheme and details for all NHS staff can be found here https://www.healthstaffdiscounts.co.uk/biz.aspx?a=85069-lockforce-leeds

Lockforce are trusted by the NHS but we are also Checkatrade vetted. Carry Id and our DBS with us at all times as well as our Insurance Details.
To see our company full details and website or if you would like to more information on all the services we offer please click our link here

Call me on Leeds; 0113 28876285
Text me on; 07843648471
Email me at carl@lockforce.co.uk