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What makes uPVC windows popular?

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If you take a stroll around your city, town or village, you will notice that most homes have uPVC windows. So what makes uPVC windows popular?

Take a look at our handy guide, which explains more about uPVC and why it has grown in popularity.

Our Guide to UPVC Windows.

Your eyes are not deceiving you when you see so many homes with uPVC windows. A government survey back in 2013 showed that over 80% of homes in the UK had them.

Let’s learn more about them and explore the advantages that have made them so popular.

What is the difference between uPVC and PVC?

UPVC is the abbreviation for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, whereas PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride.

The main difference between uPVC and PVC is that PVC has the addition of plasticisers which make PVC malleable.

PVC is commonly used for wires, toys, shower curtains, and waterproof clothing, whereas uPVC is rigid and inflexible, making it perfect for window frames and pipes.

When was uPVC first produced?

UPVC was first produced in 1935. The manufacturing process combines chlorine, ethylene and liquid vinyl.

Adding heat and UV stabilisers helps to make uPVC a suitable material for window frames by providing strength and ensuring they retain their colour.

What are the benefits of uPVC windows?

UPVC is a strong material that is low maintenance and lightweight. It is an excellent alternative to timber framed or aluminium windows as it is more resistant to weathering and chemical damage.

Its low cost has made it the most popular material for modern window frames. Homeowners find uPVC an economical choice that requires little ongoing maintenance.

UPVC has another benefit that has become increasingly relevant. UPVC frames are recyclable, and the modern manufacturing process reuses many materials. We supply uPVC frames manufactured by Rehau, who pride themselves on their sustainability record.

UPVC is an eco-friendly choice. The design of uPVC frames helps to prevent energy loss from the windows and allows homes to reduce their energy usage.

UPVC windows are a versatile choice. They come in a wide variety of colours and can even be found in timber-style finishes to create a more traditional look. Their designs are suited to both traditional and contemporary homes.

UPVC can easily be used for sash windows, bay windows, casements, tilt and turn or bespoke designs.

Why are uPVC windows better?

The three primary materials used for window frames are timber, aluminium and uPVC. Without a doubt, uPVC is the most popular choice.

  • uPVC is a better insulator – it helps keep your home warm.
  • uPVC is lightweight and, therefore, easy to install.
  • uPVC is an economical choice.
  • uPVC lasts for up to 20 years.
  • uPVC is very low maintenance – it does not need painting, is weather resistant, doesn’t rust, and only requires a wipe to keep it in pristine condition.

If you want to learn more about our excellent range of uPVC windows, please get in touch with us at Colne Valley Windows today.

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