Misted UPVC windows CAN be repaired - for a fraction of the cost of replacement. As can hinges, handles and locks - despite what some other 'professionals' may tell you! "AND ALL OUR WORK IS 100% INSURED AND GUARANTEED!"
SO many people are 'conned' into buying replacement UPVC windows and doors because the original windows have misted-up, or hinges have snapped or dropped, or locks become un-workable, keys are lost, etc - and there's absolutely no real need to do so, most of the time!
What's more, most of these repairs can be effected within a matter of hours - sometimes even less - with the minimum of disruption, and the end result looking as good as new!
Yellow Dragon can repair or install letterboxes, replace or renew door and window handles, install deadlocks, multi-point locking systems, window and door hinges, window mechanisms and friction hinges!
Frosted or leaded glass replacement takes a little longer - but most of the time, can still be completed same-day.
Yellow Dragon make NO CHARGE for assessment, a full explanation and detail of what correction is required, or providing a quotation (NOT an estimate!) for the work to be done. Yellow Dragon will give you a fixed price so there are no shocks after the work is completed.
90% of door locks, hinges, handles and window-hinges CAN be replaced - but are difficult to source by members of the public. This allows unscrupulous 'professionals' to deny their existence, and charge the unsuspecting property-owner for full replacement doors and windows. Even door panels, can be replaced!
All Euro locks supplied by Yellow Dragon fitted to UPVC doors conform to BS 3621, and are anti-drill, anti-snap, anti-pick and anti-bump - or in layman's terms, every bit as good as - and sometimes even better - than the originals!
And here's another angle to consider!
According to a recent survey carried out by Direct Line, one of the country's leading household insurance providers, over 72% of people in Wales who moved house don't change the door locks in their new home. Despite spending huge sums in CCTV and other security equipment, that simple fact sometimes gets forgotten.
. . . And the new owners have no idea who the previous owners may have given spare keys to, (Neighbours, family, friends, etc!) . . . and where those spare keys are, right now!
Should there be an insurance claim, the insurance company may adjust the claim accordingly if the door locks are not British standard, or the locks were not changed when the new occupier moved in, and entry was gained by lock manipulation.
Worth consideration, isn't it?
Timely maintenance can be a cost-saver too! If you know a lock, or a hinge is on it's 'last legs,' isn't it better to get it replaced at your convenience, rather than have the additional expense of having to call out an emergency repair from 'whoever you can get hold of' at the time!
Forward-thinking can save you time, money - and the risk - of being 'pushed' into buying something you really don't need!
. . . And it's BECAUSE of these opportunistic, less-reputable, window and door replacement companies telling property owners that all-new replacements are required, that Yellow Dragon Limited came to life!
John Hardaker, Director, says: "About five-years-ago, I locked myself out of my own house and had to call a locksmith. From the time of his arrival to his leaving, was absolutely no more than ten-minutes - and he charged me a comparative fortune for his services! He left with a big grin on his face, and I was left with an empty pocket!
It was a simple job - but I was quite-literally held to ransom! He knew it, I knew it, but I was powerless to do anything about it, because I needed to get back into my house, and didn't know 'how-to'.
I watched what he did and thought, 'I could have done that' - and as he left, I was already thinking about the future . . .
I asked about, and discovered that lots of people I knew, had had similar experiences"
With military discipline, John set about the research and training to start Yellow Dragon.
He's now a member of the Master Locksmiths Association and a Yale Doormaster Expert, and has obtained many other qualifications in the profession. He is also CRB Certified (No: 001340848140) - "Parents and single-women, can't be too careful about who they let into their homes!"
Before seeking advice from anyone else in the profession - in Newport, Torfaen or South Wales in general - ask yourself one question: Do you want the opportunity of an economic quality repair on a damaged component - or a costly entire replacement, of your windows and doors?
From Oldham in Lancashire, John left school at the age of fifteen to work in a plastics-colour-dyeing company. By eighteen, he was the works foreman - but he left to join the army, which he'd wanted to do on leaving school, but his father wouldn't let him!
He was sent to one of the Army assessment centres and deemed 'the right material' for the Royal Engineers.
Apart from serving time in the Middle East and other 'glamorous' locations around the world, John trained and qualified to became an army diver, which was the mainstay of the last six-years of his military career.
Trained in the use of high-explosives, ("Again, lots of which were plastic-explosives - It's funny how 'plastic' has almost always been a part of my working life, now I come to think of it!) it was an underwater explosion that eventually led to his medical discharge.
Whilst there was little physical damage to the body, his hearing was very badly impaired, and remained 'problematic' for many years following - though with the advancements of science-in-medicine in recent years, a surgical implant has since improved things considerably.
After the army, he joined the Civil Service as a driving examiner within the Department of Transport and was quickly promoted to Senior Examiner carrying out a multi discipline role, periodically moving to various locations around the UK, before a more permanent move as the Higher Executive Officer, in Hereford. Whilst based in Hereford, he still had a considerable geographic area to cover, and so moved his home to Newport, for convenience.