PVC versus UPVC — what’s the difference? UPVC, short for unplasticized polyvinyl chloride, doesn’t contain the controversial plastic compounds that have been banned in Europe. Also known as rigid PVC or vinyl siding, it is an ideal material for window casement.
Deciding on the right type of windows to replace your old ones with can be a headache. Every material has pros and cons, but few materials possess the favorable pro-to-con ratio that UPVC does. Here are some factors to consider when planning a project and, how UPVC will fare.
Upgraded windows give a tremendous boost to the overall look of your house. Whether traditional or reasonably modern, outdated windows can make a home look underwhelming and unkempt. UPVC windows can be formatted to suit any design needs. If you have your windows custom-made, you’ll be able to choose from a wide, expertly divined range of style and size options. Investing in modern, well-crafted windows adds great curb appeal to your home and makes your house look like new every time you take it in.
UPVC windows typically last 50 years, performing their function just as they did on day one. Their longevity means that you won’t have to replace them nearly as often as traditional wood cased windows. Not only does this add convenience for you, it means that less waste will be sent to landfill. You’ll save money over time, too, not having to replace your windows as often.
UPVC windows are a dream in terms of upkeep. They require only a gentle soap and water wash to reveal their shine and transparency. Unlike wood cased windows, UPVC does not flake or chip. Your maintenance duties over the years will be minimal, freeing up more time for activities you enjoy more than window repairs.
Home invaders look for weak points in a house to take advantage of. Old windows with weak locks are a definite weak point, putting you, your family, and your valuables at risk. Modern windows are a no-brainer when it comes to home security. Their tight seal and unbreakable locks provide a deterrent to invaders, who typically pass a home over at the first sign of difficulty.
UPVC windows sport reinforced locks and double sealing, ensuring your home and those who live there are well secured. You can also let your insurance company know you’ve taken this security measure. They may reduce your home insurance rates since the added security means you are less of a liability to them.
If you live in a busy area, you know it can get loud. If your neighborhood has high automobile traffic, is near a highway or is closeby a trendy social spot, the noise can be obnoxious and endless. Being woken at all hours of the night is no-one’s idea of a good sleep.
UPVC windows have excellent acoustic insulation. When closed, they block out the sounds of the outside world better than windows cased with other materials. When guests are over you’ll be able to enjoy your playlist, not the soundtrack of the nearby freeway.
What’s good for the environment is good for everyone. UPVC windows present a much better ecological choice due to their amazing lifespan. They only need to be replaced every fifty years, leading to less waste.
UPVC windows are crafted from Ultra-Violet resistant materials. UV rays tend to degrade windows over time, reducing their functionality and giving them a faded look. Because UPVC windows have UV resistance, they’ll look as amazing fifty years later as the day you bought them.
There are many great reasons to consider UPVC windows. After analyzing the cost-benefit and taking into consideration their security and aesthetic features, you may be swayed the UPVC way. The update to your home’s look, the enhanced safety and the knowledge you won’t have to replace your windows for half a century have convinced millions of homeowners as well, turning them into lifelong fans.
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