What is UPVC?
Unplasticised poly vinyl chloride is the technical name for uPVC, which is also referred to as rigid PVC because it does not bend or flex like standard PVC. This material contains no BPA or phthalates, which is why you will also find it used in dental bridges and retainers. Yes, it’s that safe.
PVC was first noticed in the late 1800s, not once but twice, after chemists noticed a white flaky substance in flasks of vinyl chloride that had been exposed to sunlight. Neither chemist thought too much about this substance and it would take approximately 60 years before an American inventor would discover the recipe for PVC, a malleable substance that has become one of the most widespread construction materials on the planet.
Germany would be the first country to discover the benefits of unplasticised poly vinyl chloride, followed quickly by Britain and then America. Today, over 90% of the windows manufactured in the UK are uPVC.
How did a vinyl type plastic become more popular than wooden or steel windows? For starters, uPVC window frames are environmentally sound. These frames will last a lifetime with very little in the way of maintenance and at the end of their lengthy lifespan they can be recycled, reducing their environmental impact. What are some other benefits of uPVC windows?
- Colour Fast – uPVC does not fade, or peel as the colour is infused throughout the entire structure. Even scratches will simply reveal the same color underneath and can generally be buffed out.
- Durability – uPVC does not warp, rot or rust and is water-resistant.
- Safety – uPVC is fire resistant.
- Construction – contractors in general prefer to work with uPVC as it is lightweight, easy to work with and durable.
PVC and uPVC construction materials have been around for several decades, and though some have complained about the aesthetics of the material, recent improvements in manufacturing processes make uPVC practically indistinguishable from alternative building materials. This fact coupled with their durability and insulating factor has made uPVC popular with builders and consumers alike. For example, you will find multiple options for Perth fabricators and installers of uPVC windows.
You may be somewhat concerned with safety when you think about a plastic based window or doorframe. However, you should know these casings are very rigid and offer equal or superior security as their wooden counterparts. Of course, you would still need to take the same basic precautions with locks and other security devices. Bottom line, uPVC windows and doors are as secure as any other building material.
Are you considering double-glazed uPVC windows? Perth contractors are ready and willing to provide a comprehensive estimate for replacing outdated windows and doors with this superior technology. Enjoy lower utility costs and a more comfortable interior any time of year by installing uPVC windows.
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