What are the benefits of having uPVC windows?
When you are selecting double glazing one of the most important things to consider is what material you require the frames to be constructed with.
In more recent times we have been using un-plasticizes Polyvinyl Chloride or uPVC which has greatly grown in popularity and is now one of the most widely chosen and recommended material for frames and is used by the majority of double glazing companies. There are many alternatives to uPVC and they include:
Here are just some of the benefits that uPVC has to offer:
When considering the materials that are going to be used inevitably the cost will be considered and rightly so and is bound to influence decisions that have to be made. When you do start thinking about the cost of materials you’ll discover that uPVC is usually the cheapest option, timber and aluminium are usually the cheapest.
The cost effectiveness of uPVC is a great bonus and is one of the major points that attract people to this material when considering frames for windows.
Another good point to make about uPVC is that’s it really is low maintenance. When you consider timber and woods you know that you’re going to need to re paint every 5 years or so to keep it in good condition and that doesn’t include you having to carry out refilling jobs on them and patching because of their tendency to rot and also flake.
Aluminium is used as a material for frames but this also requires attention now and again however aluminium is very resilient. When considering uPVC you know that it will never rot and there won’t be any flaking, fades or rusts, no patching to do. All you’ll have to do is give it a quick wipe down with a cloth and this will make it look clean again. It really is a great material for those who require low maintenance and a material that doesn’t take much time to clean.
uPVC is one of the most durable materials on the market, like I said earlier wood can rot and will start to warp over time and if you go for the aluminium option then this material can rust. uPVC however is very strong, resilient and tough. When you choose uPVC you’ll know that it may never need to be replaced and some window companies offer 10 year guarantees or more.
It’s offers great security
uPVC is a reliable material when it comes to security, you really can trust it to be secure. The frames themselves would have been constructed to provide the upmost hardness and so making it really difficult for people to break through or damage.
Aluminium does offer the same security and maybe even more security because of its strength. This is why some say that aluminium is totally burglar proof. However uPVC is the next best option for security.
Offers great insulation
uPVC really does pass aluminium and woods when it comes to insulation and was created to be very competent at insulation and it does provide you with the best heat and energy insulation available. This is another reason for its popularity, the ability to keep inside the home and it is way ahead of aluminium and timber when it comes to insulation.
This is the biggie when it comes to uPVc in some people’s eyes they just don’t like the look of it, and do not find it pleasing at all to look at. Some say that it looks too white and plastic and look plain and unattractive compared to aluminium or wood. Others do like the clean crisp look it gives and you can go for upvc sash windows if you are after a more traditional look.
Some companies do offer colour uPVC . If you are living in a conservation area or own a listed building your local authority are likely to insist that you go for aluminium or timber frames.
Well that’s it from me, as you can see overall uPVC does come with great benefits and it’s no wonder why it’s so popular with so many people, it’s a fantastic material choice for window frames and one certainly worth considering.
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