Last Updated Oct 26, 2010 · Written by Craig Gibson
If you are looking for new windows for your home, why not consider UPVC windows? These are growing in popularity due to their low maintenance and environmental benefits. Read on to learn more.
The “u” in UPVC stands for “unplasticised”, meaning that it is a rigid form of PVC that lasts for a long time. UPVC windows can withstand heat, cold, wind, rain, and snow without corroding, peeling, chipping, or flaking. Because the UPVC is so stable and inert, you will never need to paint the window. They are virtually maintenance free. UPVC windows do not rot, have great flexibility in terms of design, are price competitive, and are also easily processed and fabricated.
UPVC windows look just like painted timber or other materials. They are excellent in the event of fire as they will not sustain combustion like timber will, and they do not conduct heat like aluminium. Many UPVC windows are double glazed, improving the insulation in your home, and increasing your heat barrier. The double glazing can reduce your home energy consumption by 50 to 80 percent, reducing your power bills and also greenhouse gas emissions. Triple glazing is also available.
They also have less impact on the environment than other types of materials. No trees are used in the manufacture of the windows and using UPVC saves two thirds of the energy needed to manufacture metal framed windows. It is totally recyclable and, because they don’t need painting, cleanup and disposal of paints and stains is avoided.
UPVC windows come with an excellent warranty of up to 30 years or more. In some cases, they have a lifetime warranty.
UPVC windows are available in the following types of windows:
• Tilt and turn
• Combination of single opening and V-window
• Combination with fixed mullion
• Double opening with false mullion
• Combination of inward opening windows and fixed light with V-window
A huge range of colours and finishes are available. Some examples include wood grain, grey aluminium, silver, and ash black. The windows can be made to measure, allowing you to install them in any area of your home without difficulty.
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