uPVC double and triple glazed windows have come a long way from their inception in the late 70’s. Originally uPVC windows were made with tilt & turn frames, but today there are a vast range of options including sash, bay, cottage and standard casement windows.
Originally the PVCu windows were bulky alternatives to the timber or aluminium frames they were replacing but extrusion technology has advanced meaning that modern windows are slimmer and more attractive. These windows can be provided with a large range of colours and finishes thanks to foil technology, these foils allow the window frames to be any colour and even wood effect. Here at TOPFIT, we know our windows and ensure you only receive quotes from local trusted companies that supply the very best quality window frames and glazing.
The use of un-plasticised Polyvinyl Chloride or uPVC has grown massively in popularity and is now one of the most recommended and most widely chosen materials when manufacturing double glazing. Below we have detailed the advantages and disadvantages of using uPVC over its alternatives.
Value For Money
One of the key factors considered by consumers will inevitably be the cost of the windows and this will most likely influence the decisions of what window frame you choose. When it comes to pricing, uPVC is usually the cheapest materials available. This is far from uPVC’s greatest appeal, but its cost effectiveness compared to other materials is certainly a benefit that makes a huge difference.
Another great feature of uPVC is that it is incredibly low maintenance. Aluminium is resilient, but still needs attention to keep it at its best. On the flip side, uPVC never rots, flakes, rusts or fades. Apart from a quick wipe with a clean cloth, uPVC requires virtually no maintenance making it very a convenient and time-saving material for your windows.
Un-plasticised Polyvinyl Chloride is also the most durable of the materials available. Aluminium can rust whereas uPVC is strong, tough and resilient to the weather. It is highly unlikely your uPVC windows will need to be changed and many companies offer up to 10 year guarantees on uPVC double glazed window frames.
Due to its resilience and robust nature, uPVC is very reliable when it comes to securing your home. Frames are constructed to the upmost hardness making it extremely difficult to smash through or damage. Aluminium is similar in its strength if not stronger and is considered to be almost totally burglar-proof. But uPVC is comparable when it comes to security.
Insulation is a feature of uPVC material that totally surpasses aluminium. uPVC was created to be a very good insulator and provides the best heat and energy ratings available. It is an exceptional insulator compared to aluminium and this ability to keep heat in and sound out is largely responsible for its popularity and wide spread use.
The major shortcoming of uPVC is undoubtedly its aesthetic value. In many people’s eyes, its simple, white plastic look is far from attractive and some consider uPVC frames to look unstylish or plain when compared to aluminium. With most double glazing companies, different colours of uPVC are now available by applying foils, but when replacing windows whilst trying to keep the character of the home, uPVC may not be ideal. In fact, for listed buildings and those within conservation areas, local planning councils would be likely to insist on timber or aluminium frames.