Ok, so you’ve heard of uPVC windows and doors and how great they are, but you don’t know much about them. Perhaps you are thinking of investing in them and you are doing a bit of research. Look no further. Here is a complete guide to uPVC for dummies.
PVC is an abbreviation for polyvinyl chloride, also known as vinyl. It is a widely produced synthetic plastic polymer. You don’t need to know what this is. All you need to know is that there are two basic kinds of PVC: rigid and flexible. The rigid kind is used in construction for pipelines and, yes, you’ve guessed it, windows and doors. The flexible form of PVC is made by adding plasticizers. So, the rigid form is unplasticized, hence the ‘u’ in uPVC.
uPVC windows have many, many benefits. One of the main ones is cost – uPVC is usually the cheapest material on the market after wood and aluminium. Because it is so long lasting and requires little maintenance, it is probably the most cost-effective material you can get. PVC cannot rot, warp or twist because there are no wooden materials in it. Also, uPVC windows and doors are easy to install which makes them, again, less expensive than the other options.
PVC windows and doors are incredibly strong. This is because they are usually wrapped around a core of galvanized steel. This strength makes it difficult to break into uPVC windows and doors, so you don’t have to worry about burglars. Indeed, most uPVC windows and doors are ‘anti-crowbar’ so they cannot be forced open in this way.
PVC windows and doors are also heat efficient. They are great insulators which can help reduce electricity and gas bills. Plus, they reduce the amount of cold getting in from the outside during winter months.
They also reduce the amount of noise getting through from the outside by as much as 70%. This will give you some peace and quiet!
PVC is easy to clean and environmentally friendly.
PVC is not prone to combustion and is resistant to corrosion and salt erosion.
In the past, uPVC windows and doors were seen as low in aesthetic value: simple, plain, white plastic. These days, however, there is much more choice. A range of colours and styles are available. A very popular choice at the moment is the ‘wood inspired’ style which has a very convincing effect.
So, now you know the benefits and advantages to uPVC, you are not a dummie anymore! You can make the decision whether to buy or not to buy. We at Windowspro hope you make the right decision and get in contact with us today.