If you’re looking at efficient ways to insulate your home you may have heard of the term uPVC in reference to window frames. However, few people know that it actually stands for Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride.
uPVC is a form of unplasticised PVC used for window frames to enhance their durability while delivering energy efficient benefits through limiting the transfer of heat and cold through the window frame.
Why choose uPVC for your window frames
There are lots of good reasons to consider using uPVC for your windows. These can include some of the following:
- Durable and long lasting
- Does not require a lot of maintenance
- Can withstand tough weather conditions
- Has excellent thermal efficiency
- Can reduce outside noise and gives efficient sound insulation
- Offers increased security
- Available in a range of colours and profiles to suit your home
If you have large window frames and are worried about the strength of the window, uPVC windows can be strengthened with steel reinforcements.
Is uPVC an expensive choice for your window frames?
Most people are surprised to find out that uPVC is actually competitively priced when compared to aluminium or timber window frames.
You may also experience savings due to the energy efficiency of the high standard of insulation which uPVC window frames are able to offer. uPVC windows and doors are designed to enhance the indoor living comfort of your environment by maintaining the internal temperature, creating a high performing and energy efficient home.
With uPVC, you will be assured that the material is durable and won’t need replacing within a few years – meaning that long term you could also be saving money.
How do you maintain uPVC?
As a material, uPVC is pretty low maintenance – hence it’s become increasingly popular in Australia in recent decades. You’ll need to make sure it’s cleaned regularly but you won’t have to worry about rot or decay as you would with timber frames.
Is uPVC toxic?
It’s natural to be concerned about using certain materials in your home but rest assured that uPVC is a safe and non toxic material as long as it’s not burnt. It can also be recycled safely.
Can uPVC be used in bushfire areas?
uPVC frames are generally suitable for moderate bushfire areas, which translates to a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) of 29.
Finding the right option for you
If you’re unsure about whether uPVC is the right option for you, consider your individual needs and the type of property that you own.
Do you want an efficient, low cost material for window frames that offers security, sound insulation and can withstand extreme weather conditions? Give us a call and talk to us today about uPVC windows to find out more!