BENEFITS OF UPVC (UNPLASTICIZED POLYVINYL CHLORIDE)
Low Maintenance - uPVC window frames don't need painting or sealing which significantly reduces the maintenance required over their lifetime. They are easily cleaned with water and detergent
Tough and Durable - uPVC is a very durable material used in water and sewer pipes for at least 100 years. Good quality uPVC windows and doors are tested for ultraviolet resistance to ensure they won't fade in the harsh sun
Rot Resistant - uPVC does not rot and is resistant to corrosion
Thermal Comfort - Unlike metals, uPVC is non-conductive meaning its use in window frames does not transfer heat and therefore contributes to a more consistent internal temperature for a building. The combination of uPVC window frames and double glazing makes for highly energy efficient windows
Openable Tilt and Turn - uPVC window systems allow for opening in two directions to enhance the ability of taking advantage of natural cross ventilation
Acoustic Insulation - Double glazed uPVC windows and doors are able to cut down noise by as much as 70%.
Resistant to Salt Erosion - uPVC is resistant to corrosion caused by salt-laden air making them ideal for coastal properties
Bushfire Performance - Double glazed uPVC windows can be used in areas where risk is zoned as Bushfire Attack Level 29kW/m2 (BAL 29). Some uPVC windows have been tested to withstand BAL 40
High Security - uPVC windows incorporate multi-locking systems providing a high level of security for homes or businesses. Most uPVC window locking systems lock at multiple points all around the sash and frame
Recyclable - Calculate the Energy Savings of uPVC Windows. uPVC can be recycled as often as 10 times. Where they have been commonly used for the past 30 years, such as in Europe, uPVC windows and doors can be - and are - recycled at the end of life. Although very little end-of-life uPVC windows are presently available for recycling, various industry programs are committed to keeping uPVC out of landfills, putting it back into new products. The off-cuts from uPVC window fabrication are already being collected in some states for recycling
Customisable - Typically most UPVC windows, doors and external facias will come in white. However, developments in the manufacturing process have meant homeowners are no longer limited to not only colour but a series of customisable shapes, styles and imitation effects such as wood grain.
Installation companies and manufacturers can now tailor UPVC products to your desired specifications; meaning windows and doors will outfit perfectly into your home or property
Insulation - Energy efficiency is at the front of everyone mind when it comes to new windows and doors and the choice of materials used will impact the warmth and window energy rating of your home
Durability - UPVC is a low maintenance material, unlike natural materials which require annual sanding, varnishing and repainting. Windows & doors made from UPVC can last for decades without any sign of weathering, the only upkeep is a wipe down clean with soapy water to prevent staining and remove grim or dirt.
Ventilation - UPVC windows can come in various window style configurations providing an efficient ventilation system with effective airflow into a room. An effective window configuration is called 'tilt and turn' which consists of a two-window arrangement which can open in two separate directions providing draft-free ventilation.
When in the tilted position inwards, hot air can escape through the top and side openings while turning the window to open fully can quickly ventilate the atmosphere of an entire room useful for cleaning or refreshing
Eco-Friendly - The average life span of UPVC windows can range between 40-80 years and are made from mostly recyclable materials to sustain minimal long-term impact on the environment.
When replacing old windows and doors made from UPVC ask your installer if they will be disposed of accordingly to ensure are recycled, and the materials can be reused in other products such as pipes, plumbing fittings and more
Weather Resistant - Weathering is a common problem amongst most materials used on the exterior of a property. UPVC windows and doors do not react with water and air and are not susceptible to the natural elements, meaning a longer life span without ageing.
While UPVC can stand up to the weather and requires less maintenance than naturally occurring counterpart materials such as wood, we recommend taking regular care of any external UPVC installations including soffits and facets to ensure their longevity.
Soundproofing - The UPVC material works in combination with the double glazed window panels to help decrease the amount of noise that can pass into your home. Most UPVC windows and doors should reduce external noise by up 50% compared traditional counterparts.
Fire retardant - The building regulation state that units and frames for windows and doors must be made from fire rated materials preventing external fire spread. UPVC is also a material required by the building regulations to adhere to the fire safety protocol, meaning the material will keep the primary route open for 30 mins in the event of a fire incident.