Every homeowner wants his or her home to look the best. People keep putting a lot of effort into bringing improvement into their homes. With growing awareness about the environment and the need to protect and conserve it, people make home improvement decisions while keeping environmental factors in mind. For example, the materials being used in homes must be environmentally safe. This is the reason why when it comes to replacing windows with new ones, a lot of people choose Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride (uPVC) over other options.
uPVC was first invented in 1935 and became very popular as a material for producing windows in the 1960s. The usage of uPVC windows and doors started in Germany, then it spread to other European countries, and after a short period of time it came to the USA and Canada.
uPVC Windows are being increasingly used owing to their unique characteristics and the advantages they offer, and they gained excellent environment rankings. The Building Research Establishment has awarded ‘A’ grade for the residential windows. Acting as a guide to designers, this tool has been customized and tailored, and it can be used in newly constructed buildings. The score received by this material reflects its impact on the environment and the advantages that can be enjoyed while using it.
A wide range of benefits is offered by PVC windows; not only have these windows gained a high environmental scoring, but they are highly durable as well. These reasons have made PVC windows a popular choice among homeowners who are concerned about the environment. The recognition of the material’s qualities has increased its usage considerably. Some of the most popular brands available are Fenesta, Rehau and more. Window frames made from uPVC material are very low maintenance, as they do not rot and are quite tough and durable. uPVC windows have a long life cycle and should last around 40 years, if installed correctly.
The material is not sensitive to sunlight exposure, the colors of the window frames do not fade and there is no need for recoating or repainting. Periodic cleaning is more than enough to keep the windows clean. Once in a while, the window’s hinges should be lubricated, so that it can be opened or closed smoothly. These window frames are highly energy efficient because they have remarkable non-conductive qualities, and provide perfect acoustic and thermal insulation properties. Thus, during summer, the homes stay cool while in winter, the home interior stays warm. This way the need for air conditioning and heaters in summer and winter respectively reduces to a considerable extent.
uPVC can be used for almost all types of windows: casement, arch, sliding and fixed, sash, awning, and others. They are available in wide range of colors, including the traditional “wood” look.
uPVC frames can also be used with double glazed windows, which can result in substantial savings. The consumption of energy and electricity would be reduced, since 40% of heat loss occurs through single glazed windows and doors. This way one need not pay hefty electricity bills and could save a lot of money.
As the qualities and characteristics of uPVC windows are coming to light, more and more homeowners begin using them. These windows are a great choice for places with heavy monsoons or scorching summers. The window frames can easily face the onslaught of heavy and lashing rains beating down. uPVC windows are also available in a variety of designs and can be used in wide range of industries. All these features make the use of uPVC windows the perfect choice.