When replacing windows and doors within your home, there are many choices you can now research online. It’s hard to choose not only something stylish, but also long lasting. Renovating your home can start with simply changing windows or doors that are past their sell-by-date. It’s important you make the right decision on style, frame, and material, and we’re on hand to help you with those tough decisions here at Castle Home Improvements.
WHAT DOES UPVC MEAN?
uPVC simply means “Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride” – now you can see why we shorten it! The material is commonly used for window frames and windowsills when installing double glazing. It’s also used to replace single glazed windows for older window styles or within older buildings.
THE BENEFIT OF UPVC WINDOWS
A big reason for the popularity of uPVC is that it is a cost-effective option in comparison to other materials, and the upkeep is minimum. Using high quality uPVC means there is no need to repaint or reseal the windows or doors. The low maintenance task only includes cleaning and wiping down surfaces once every 2-3 years. Furthermore, you won’t find your windows facing any corrosion or rot ensuring you won’t be looking to shell out for replacements any time soon.
uPVC windows and doors are fantastic additions to any home for energy efficiency. You won’t feel a draft with uPVC windows as they don’t allow the heat to escape from the room. Ensuring a more consistent temperature throughout your home will keep the costs of your utility bills as low as possible.
The best kept secret about the combination of uPVC and double glazing is that they provide superior acoustic insulation and can cut down noise by up to 70%.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PVC AND UPVC?
PVC and uPVC are entirely different vinyl materials. PVC is more commonly used to construct fences and is not a suitable material for windows and doors due to its chemical composition.
ARE UPVC WINDOWS SAFE AND LONG LASTING?
Simply put, yes! Most uPVC windows have multiple integrated lock points at the sash and frame. The material itself is non-toxic. uPVC windows and doors are also constructed to withstand wet weather conditions, making them an excellent choice when living in the UK (what is summer, again?). Depending on the overall quality and general upkeep, your uPVC windows should last for about 20 years.
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO REPLACE MY WINDOWS/DOORS?
If you’ve noticed your house feeling colder, or your utility bills increasing, it could be due to leaking windows. Draughts will enter your home in between the window and brickwork, meaning the sealant has probably worn.
Another common sign is vapour on your windows. Droplets of water will cause condensation and can age windows much quicker. If you notice water on the inside of your windows, it is crucial to get this looked at as soon as possible – the very purpose of windows is to keep the outside, out!
HOW CAN CASTLE HOME IMPROVEMENTS HELP?
To conclude, uPVC windows and doors are known for their strength, durability and safety. They can be fitted seamlessly in any room with a large range of colour options to match the style of your home. We have a huge collection of sizes, shapes and designs. Get in touch with us if you are looking to transform your home without the high price tag attached to renovation.