What is uPVC?
uPVC stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride. It is also known as rigid PVC for its lack of flexibility.
Why use uPVC?
uPVC window and door systems boast many major advantages over traditional wood and aluminum systems. The properties of uPVC which make them the ideal material for window and door manufacture are:
- uPVC does not rot or biologically decompose and will not attract termites.
- It is resistant to weathering with low maintenance requirements
- Is tough on impact
- Is energy and thermally efficient
- It retains its shape even in extreme climatic temperatures
- It can be recycled
- Strongly resistant to chemicals, sunlight and oxidation from water
What is Double Glazing?
Windows or doors that have two layers of glass with a space between them – it is another window fitted on the inside of your existing window, it is sometimes referred to as “secondary window/s”. Double Glazing can be used in addition to single glazing in particularly noisy area’s as it is designed to reduce the loss of heat and exclude noise.
What are the benefits of Double Glazing?
- Energy Efficient. Double-glazed windows have two sheets of glass with a gap between them to create an insulating barrier that keeps the heat in.
- Acoustic Insulation. Double-glazed windows provide first-rate acoustic insulation. It reduces outside noise levels while containing noise levels within your home at the same time.
- Added Security. When glazing with 6.38mm safety or intruder-proof glass, double-glazing provides excellent added security for your home.
- Reduced Condensation. With double-glazed windows, heat gets reflected back into the room. This keeps the inner pane warm and reduces the problem of condensation.
- Draught Proof. When properly installed, no draughts can get through, not even in windy areas.
uPVC is becoming more popular as the increasingly environmentally conscious consumers appreciate the green manufacturing methods, clean lines of uPVC windows and doors, their no maintenance characteristics and energy efficiency all of make uPVC the natural choice for both renovations and new homes.
How should I care for my uPVC windows and doors?
Once or twice per year we recommend cleaning and oiling visible moving metal parts, particularly door locks and window hinges. Do not use liquid detergent in the water when cleaning the seals – it attacks and degrades them. Use a small amount of cream cleanser in warm water on a cloth or sponge to clean white uPVC. Do not use acetone or acetone based cleaning solutions. Keep sliding patio door tracks brushed clean of mud, grit and dust. It is not recommended that you lubricate the track because that may cause an accumulation of foreign particles which may make it harder to clean. If you have a paint colour on your uPVC, clean with a damp cloth, no detergent should be used.
Has uPVC been tested and is it safe?
Purchasing uPVC double glazing is not simply a cosmetic improvement, it is about technical advancement, high performance, safety and security. Extensive testing has been done to ensure safety, security and durability. In fact, the double glazed window products that were tested have been found to outperform the minimum levels, and sometimes even exceed these levels several times over.
What is the drying time for painted uPVC?
Is the colour permanent?
What are the types of finishes available?
Does the sun cause fading?
Our uPVC products do not fade.
Colours – A variety of vibrant paint colours are available.