I know the benefits

of PVC-U windows.


 

Why PVC-U windows?

 

Here is how one expert put it: “Aluminum single-glazed windows and doors – the worst material you could ever use with the exception of steel for thermal efficiency. Timber is a lot more thermally efficient and we have it in abundance. Too expensive, maybe? PVCU is used in 80% of the world, and for at least 40 years or more. It’s long lasting, can be recycled, needs no maintenance, and is a lot more thermally efficient than aluminum.” –  From a former President of the UK Federation of Master Builders – Ken Miller. Published on BUILD magazine Aug/Sep 2006.

 

The changing use of window frame materials has been a major feature of the glazing market in the UK over the last two decades. In 1995 PVC-U accounted for 16% of windows in new housing which, by 1998 had increased to over 35 per cent and now PVC-U accounts for over 80% of installations. Why? Because growing awareness amongst house buyers of the benefits of PVC-U, coupled with the erosion of the cost differential between PVC-U and aluminum, has resulted in more house builders switching to PVC-U. (from AMA Research www.amaresearch.co.uk )

 

What are the benefits of PVC-U windows and doors?

  • Energy efficient – PVC-U windows and doors are energy efficient. PVC-U framed windows and doors reduce heat loss in winter by 28% compared with double glazed aluminium framed windows and doors. Find out more …
  • Eco friendly – PVC-U window and door frames are an Eco-friendly material. Manufacturing energy consumption for aluminum profiles is over 7 times of that for PVC-U profiles. PVC-U profiles can be recycled and re-used. Find out more …
  • Low maintenance – Unlike timber framed windows and doors which require regular maintenance PVC-U framed windows and doors need little maintenance. Find out more …
  • Reduced condensation – Condensation is caused when moist air of a warmer temperature comes in contact with a surface of a cooler temperature. Aluminum windows and doors have condensation on the frames because aluminum is good heat conductor. A  benefit of non-conductivity of PVC-U profiles is reduced condensation. Find out more …
  • Watertight – From 2005 we have been replacing timber, aluminium and steel framed windows with our PVC-U windows for our customers. During these window replacements it is quite often found that timber building frames under original aluminium windows were rotten. Find out more …
  • Long lasting – Plain PVC-U material may discolour and become brittle under high UV light. Some PVC-U windows installed decades ago failed because of its low UV stability. Now days PVC-U profiles are formulated for high UV weather conditions and have an expected service life of over 40 years. Find out more …

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