At City Sound Glazing we only use uPVC windows for installation as we believe they offer a better all-round range of benefits in comparison to wooden and aluminium alternatives. From cost effectiveness to durability, it is the ideal replacement for your windows.
Not everyone knows what uPVC is and why it has become the most popular form of window in the UK. We’ve listed some of the reasons why we believe uPVC is the best possible material to use and how it will add real value to your home.
What is uPVC?
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a polymer commonly used in a wide range of applications that many of us use on a daily basis, while also serving as the base for uPVC. The “U” in uPVC stands for unplasticised with a unique formula created for use in windows and doors. It can be produced in any number of colours and is extremely easy to maintain, which has seen it become the most popular form of window frame in the UK.
Benefits of uPVC windows
Durability: uPVC provides a guarantee of longevity which is one of main reasons they are a perfect match for window frames. Not only do they provide complete protection but it withstands high levels of sunlight extremely well, meaning it will not fade or discolour when exposed to harsh sun for a lengthy period of time.
Thermal Efficiency: As a non-conductive material, uPVC does not transfer heat, which is great news during the summer. When the temperature is at its highest the windows will maintain a consistent level of heat, rather than rising in relation to a hotter climate. Installing secondary glazing into uPVC windows also guarantees a higher level of thermal efficiency for the interior of the property.
Low Maintenance: Where wood will eventually begin to warp and rot and aluminium will begin to rust, because uPVC is non-corrosive it suffers none of those issues. Timber windows are more likely to require special treatments to keep them in good condition, but all you need is a damp cloth to wipe down a uPVC window to keep it looking great.
Cost Effectiveness: Due the components used to create uPVC it is a considerably cheaper material in comparison to timber and aluminium. The advantage for the consumer is that this can then be passed on through the pricing, giving them a more effective window that works well for those on a budget.
Security: We all need to know the windows in our homes provide a high level of security, especially for those positioned at ground level. uPVC passes this test with flying colours due to is steel core which makes it difficult to break through. While aluminium is also a secure option, it costs far more than uPVC.
Acoustic Insulation: For anyone who lives close to a busy road, or in a built up area close to their neighbours, uPVC windows can also help to absorb soundwaves to make life more bearable. When combined with secondary glazing, it will help to block out unwanted noises and sounds from the outside world, allowing you to relax in peace and quiet.