What Is UPVC And What Are The Benefits Of UPVC Windows?

What Is UPVC And What Are The Benefits Of UPVC Windows?
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    UPVC (or Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride) is an extremely popular material in building.

    It is versatile, durable and simple to install.

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It is most commonly used for window frames, window sills, guttering, drain pipes and plumbing, though it is also used for weatherboarding and in roofs for replacing traditional timber, fascias and soffits. Some more inferior grades of UPVC are used in other household items such as garden furniture and storage boxes.

UPVC double glazing is made from vinyl polymer that is bound to chlorine atoms, this works well with steel, giving UPVC windows and doors added strength and makes them very easy to maintain requiring more or less no on-going costs. They are energy rated, a compulsory requirement by the Building Regulations, making them very thermally efficient.

All UPVC double glazed windows have a very low thermal conductivity due to the materials used during manufacturing; this means unlike other kinds of double glazed windows, it loses a lot less heat helping the householder to save a lot of money on their energy bills.

Over the past 20 years, UPVC has quickly replaced the more traditional materials including cast iron and painted wood. It has the benefits of being hard-wearing, highly resistant to adverse weather conditions and does not warp, twist or lose its shape. These benefits make replacing older windows with UPVC an attractive option as it’s usually just a once in a life time purchase.

UPVC is available in a range of different colours and finishes to suit your individual needs, most commonly, there are different shades of white and some woodgrain finishes in both light and dark colours. In more recent years, methods have been perfected of spraying UPVC in any colour, but this is a process that needs to be carried out professionally and is not recommended to attempt at home.

Benefits Of UPVC Windows

UPVC framed replacement windows and doors are not only a cheaper alternative to aluminum and hardwood timber windows and doors, they also retain heat, (cutting down your energy bills) they are weatherproof and extremely robust.

They are also more aesthetically pleasing to the eye and many people choose to have UPVC windows installed when trying to sell their home to increase the value.

One of the main benefits of UPVC windows is there remarkable resilience. Generally, UPVC only needs cleaning every once in a while to maintain its appearance as it doesn’t rot, rust or fade. Wooden window frames require attention to make sure that the wood isn’t rotting and will also need repainting every few years. Aluminum windows, although more expensive, will also need a fair amount of attention to ensure that they are kept in top condition.

UPVC double glazing is available in many forms; French windows, tilt and turn windows, sash windows, casement windows and residential double glazed front and back doors, to name but a few. They are available in a range of colours and even timber effect finishes.

When choosing UPVC windows for your home, it is important to buy the best you can afford as there are different methods of both assembling the windows and securing the glass. Always look for a system for UPVC window that is fully welded as some cheaper alternatives have mechanical joints which have been known to open during temperature changes. Ask for a window system that is beaded internally; this means that the glass units held in the window are fitted from the inside which would stop any would-be intruder simply removing the glass from the outside and gaining entry to the property.

Article written by A. Elliott for Stormclad Conservatories Nottingham. Stormclad is a leading home improvement company specialising in windows, doors, conservatories and more.

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