Choose UPVC Products Over Wood
Author : Sheila Elliott
Submitted : 2010-03-24 00:00:00 Word Count : 509 Popularity: Not Rated
Tags: uPVC Windows, uPVC Conservatories
uPVC Windows have been used for many years as a substitute for wooden windows. These windows are crafted from sections of extruded polyester. These sections are then screwed, bolted or welded together to form window frames. Welding would be considered a better option for joining the sections as opposed to bolting or screwing. However, the latter does have the advantage. It can be replaced immediately if found damaged on-site.
You can easily find the window style that best suits your home and falls within in your budget. There are many uPVC Windows to choose from according to price, color and style (sash windows, tilt & turn windows and casement windows).
Normally, uPVC Window would have a white finish. However, nowadays there are many options available for interior/exterior wood-like finishing, as well. The drawback of using a wood-like finish would be that they would get heated up excessively during the summer as darker colors absorb heat as opposed to lighter hues.
Although some might describe uPVC as a kind of plastic, it would be incorrect to call it so because plastic has evolved tremendously in the last few years. Modern technology and years of intensive research and innovation in this segment has made uPVC one of the most efficient materials available on the market. Today, one can find uPVC windows, shutters, doors, uPVC Conservatories, and more.
However, there is one major drawback in purchasing uPVC products from the market and that is the authenticity of the product. You would be unable to tell an original from a fake by simply touching or looking at it. The difference can only be noted by either getting the material tested in a laboratory or over the course of time. Therefore, in countries where uPVC products have gained a considerable market foothold, there is also the implementation of strict rules and regulations for consumer protection against faulty uPVC merchandise. Therefore, uPVC manufacturers have to adhere to local and international quality standards and certifications.
uPVC Windows have many benefits. They provide the ultimate thermal insulation especially if they have double glazing - meaning that they make the surroundings warm in winters and cool in the summer - thereby saving on electricity bills. Some windows are equipped with energyKareTM, comprising double glazing units of Pilkington glass which drastically reduces the loss of heat.
Furthermore, uPVC products prevent pollen, wind, dust and bacteria from entering inside, when closed.
uPVC products require no maintenance whatsoever, i.e. no warping, sanding or painting at all!
uPVC windows are also secure from the safety aspect as they are equipped with sophisticated locking systems that abide by modern safety standards. They are child proof too.
A uPVC window is soundproof, and can be made according to your requirement, hence replacement is relatively easy. Some windows have glass panes containing Super SpacerŪ as opposed to the regular aluminum spacer bars which provide insulation against sound and no condensation whatsoever!
uPVC also has the added advantage that it can be recycled and we can get new uPVC Windows from the recycled uPVC waste!
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UPVC windows are soundproof, and can be made according to your requirement, hence replacement is relatively easy. Gareth recommends Network Veka for Double Glazing Windows.