A buyer’s guide to uPVC Windows

If you feel that it’s time for a major overhaul in your flat or house, windows replacement can make a major difference to the aesthetics of a building. Deciding on material windows are made of, too. Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC), as its name presumes, is the chemically generated counterpart of wood.

Famed for its rigid mechanical, heat and noise insulation properties as well as for being weather resistant, it can be an excellent long-term solution for any home. While touting superior qualities, it also comes at a fraction of the price of wood.

In particular, uPVC windows increase a building’s energy efficiency, which means that you can benefit from reduced bills and a warmer house. To ensure that you get the most effective windows in terms of energy insulation, look for their rating; ‘A rated’ windows are a mark of quality, and are the highest rated of all uPVC windows.

You should note however, that these windows are only guaranteed if they are installed by a professionally qualified window fitter. These windows additionally help reduce noise pollution, which can be particularly useful for those living near a busy road.

Factors to consider when choosing your uPVC Windows

Glazing options: Single, double, triple glazed?

One big upside of uPVC windows is that their structure can arrive in a package of one to three panes of glass. Naturally, the larger the number of glass panes, the higher their heat and noise insulation capacity. 

Triple glazed are particularly effective where windows have a large surface area and are prone to low temperatures. They are also the uPVC window of choice for those that live next to noisy roads (or noisy neighbours!). uPVC can weather more glass since the material itself is rigid and light; hence the construction will not weigh just a bit more than the dead weight of glass.

Pivot/hinged, sliding or folding?

An important consideration is the mechanism you are to use to open your windows. Naturally, you can opt for a pivot/hinged solution. This standard solution, as you will see, will also likely be the cheapest. 

Sliding and folding windows are relevant for countryside houses where summertime owners prefer to keep indoor space continually aerated.

Another consideration is where there are children living in the home, in such an instance, windows that open completely may not be an ideal option.

uPVC window design

The popularity of uPVC frames is also due to the fact that they can be painted in any colour, that of wood as well. See which one will be a neat fit with the colour of your facade and ask for it. Especially if you wish to stick to tradition with sash windows, the choice of uPVC colour will be especially prominent; therefore, spend some time choosing the right nuance.

For those that own period homes, you may wish to opt for a wood effect pattern; these can be far more suitable and can blend in more effective than using obviously plastic frames against beautiful brick or period render work.

UPVC windows maintenance

These type of windows is pretty straghtforward to maintain and keep in shape. All you have to do is wipe the uPVC frame with soapy water twice a year and you are sure to have bright and sturdy uPVC windows. No need to use paste or cream cleaners on the frames. The windows are to washed regularly with a window cleaner.

The security of your uPVC Windows

The security of anyone’s home is paramount in ensuring both you and your possessions stay safe. To ensure that your uPVC Windows are keeping your home protected as well as it can be, you should ensure that the material is of the highest quality.

Substandard uPVC can be pliable and subject to giving way under pressure, where as good uPVC is both rigid and strong.

This allows the highest performance handles, hinges and locking mechanisms to be fitted to your double glazed windows – your REHAU installer will provide you with advice on this issue. You should be looking for windows that comply with the European standards: BS7950 and PAS 23/24, these two standards are in direct relation to how secure a window is.

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