UPVC windows prove to be one of the most popular choices when completing home improvement projects. In recent years their use has grown immensely and has become one of the most recommended materials used by double glazing installation companies.
What does UPVC stand for? The term stands for ‘un-plastcized polyvinyl chloride’. Whilst its discovery and development is steeped in complexity and sophistication, its benefits are clear and concise.
Simply put, UPVC double glazing forces argon gas between two panes of glass. This reflects and keeps out heat rays when the weather is warm and in turn reflects heat energy back into the property when the temperature outside is cold. Its benefits include;
Cost; an obvious and high-ranking deciding factor when considering home improvement is the outlay cost versus the return on investment. UPVC, in comparison to materials such as timber is relatively low. Its cost effectiveness accentuates its popularity when combined with other factors.
Durability; its intricate chemical composition ensures that it is tough and resilient. UPVC double glazing windows and doors are often supplied with guarantees by professional installation Companies. It is unlikely once installed that they will need replacing and maintenance is minimal. The material, in its nature, prevents discolouration from the sun and premature deterioration. It will not rust, rot or flake.
Environmental benefit; because the product is long lasting and less energy and other resources are expended to make and install replacement products, UPVC windows conserves energy in manufacture and in use.
Insulation; UPVC is a very competent insulator. It offers prevention from heat loss and in turn reduces heating bills and energy costs within your property immediately after installation. Sound pollution is reduced as the trapped air layer serves to isolate from outside noises.
Security; UPVCs composition means that its hardness is extremely difficult to damage or break through. It is robust and will offer any home or business owner tremendous confidence when choosing it as another barrier of protection against possible intruders.
Choosing an energy efficient window is also a cost effective way to reduce household bills and conserve heat within the home.
Under the UK BFRC Scheme, new windows are rated from A-C (similar to ratings found on new fridges, freezers, washing machines etc.)
The benefits of a high energy rating window include reduced heating costs, improved sound insulation, reduced condensation and improved energy conservation within the home.
Installation of UPVC windows and doors is an area of home improvement which requires an understanding of building regulations which are continuously evolving and updating. A professional window supplier should be in a position to install a full range of energy efficient windows and doors and will be happy to offer advice on the most appropriate options for your property.
It is important that when choosing a Company to install your UPVC windows and doors that they are Fensa registered which gives peace of mind that a Company adheres with all building regulations and offers an insurance backed guarantee for complying with improved thermal performance standards. Additionally, all installations should conform to Document L of the Building Regulations which ensures conservation of fuel and power.
Each of the above factors provide clear evidence of why when considering updating your home UPVC double glazed windows will offer a perfect and essential cost effective alternative.