Tuesday 5th April 2016

Benefits of uPVC windows and doorsThere are many benefits of uPVC windows and doors, including energy efficiency, durability, and low maintenance.

uPVC (Unplasticised Polyvinylchloride) is a highly resilient material that is used extensively in the building industry worldwide.

While uPVC is currently accounting for just a small percentage of the Australian window market, there is a growing interest. More and more people are looking for energy efficient and sustainable alternatives to timber or aluminium, and uPVC is the perfect material for the harsh Australian climate. uPVC window frames also come in a range of colours, which includes white, black, and silver as well as a timber grain profile. Colours can be customised to individual choice.

Below, you’ll find even more benefits of uPVC windows and doors.

10 Benefits of uPVC Windows and Doors

Rehau uPVC double glazed window systems
Rehau uPVC double glazed window systems

1. LOW MAINTENANCE
A simple wash with soapy water will keep uPVC frames looking new for decades. No need for sanding, repainting, or varnishing. If necessary, this tough material can be scrubbed to remove even the most stubborn of stains as uPVC windows and doors are hard to damage.

2. LONG LASTING
uPVC is naturally resistant to moisture, atmospheric pollutions, mould, and mildew. It does not rot, rust, blister, or flake, and is not affected by salt corrosion. This makes uPVC windows and doors a long lasting alternative to timber and aluminium frames.

3. DURABLE
uPVC frames never rot or corrode and are unaffected by salt corrosion, which makes them perfect for coastal dwellers. They are highly durable and are UV resistant, meaning that they won’t fade in the unforgiving Australian sunshine.

4. SOUNDPROOF
When used in conjunction with double glazed windows, uPVC can help to reduce noise by up to 40 decibels or almost 80%. This can lead to a more peaceful home environment.

5. SECURE
Up to 10 different locking points can be added to uPVC windows and doors. When used in conjunction with toughened safety/laminated glass, this would make it virtually impossible for intruders to gain entry.

6. INSULATING
uPVC is a natural insulator and has low conductivity of heat. uPVC windows and doors insulate your home by keeping air sealed tightly within the system. This leads to less reliance on air conditioning units and heaters to regulate the temperature within your home. uPVC windows and doors therefore conserve energy and save money in the long run.

7. GOOD VENTILATION
uPVC windows and doors come in what is called a ‘Tilt and Turn’ configuration. This means that the windows and doors open in two directions, allowing for optimal draft-free ventilation. Windows can tilt inwards, allowing outside air to be channelled through the sides of the window with hot air escaping through the top. Windows can also turn fully open, which allows for easy cleaning from the inside of your home.

8. FLAME RETARDANT
uPVC windows and doors are inured against heavy weather conditions and can be customised to the maximum ratings of N5 C4 (non-cyclonic and cyclonic) wind resistance and Flame Zone BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) fire resistance.

9. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
uPVC is a recyclable material that requires fewer resources than metal alternatives. It has a life span of 40 – 80 years and can be recycled into commercial floor tiles, pipes and fittings, plumbing pipes, roadside guideposts, and other applications. Companies like Envorinex in Tasmania recycle uPVC materials into new applications.

10. CUSTOM BUILT
All uPVC windows and doors from Winsulation are custom built to exact client specifications, which means that the windows fit perfectly into your home or building.

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