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The Merits Of UPVC And Getting To Understand The Material

When buying new windows or a new front door from Eden Windows, you will be asked a series of questions, and one of them will be “which material would you prefer the product to be made from?”

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UPVC will be amongst the available options, a building material we rely on for the manufacturing of almost everything we sell. 

If you didn’t know, UPVC, PVC or PVCu stands for Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride and was invented in 1935. 

UPVC windows and doors really began to take off in the 1980’s and 90’s, during the double glazing boom, and they retain the same level of popularity in the present day. 

Why is that? 

There are a series of reasons, and one of the biggest, from a customer’s point-of-view, is the affordability of UPVC. It will cost you less to buy UPVC windows and doors than hardwood timber windows and doors or aluminium windows and doors. 

The durability and low-maintenance nature of UPVC is another of its main attributes. Years down the line, a UPVC window or door will remain as resilient as it did when first rolled off a production line. This is mainly down to the vinyl polymer used to bind chlorine atoms to the window or door frame, which stops it from being pure plastic and ensures it works successfully with steel. 

We’ve also got to mention the low thermal conductivity of UPVC. It’s a fantastic insulator, with most modern UPVC windows and doors carrying an impressive energy rating so that they comply with Building Regulations and help homeowners save money on their energy bills. 

Colour offerings for UPVC products have come on a lot over the years. Whereas you were previously limited to standard whites and blacks, you can now buy UPVC windows and doors in practically any colour you can think of, including having them finished in woodgrain timber effects to emulate the appearance of wood. 

And, don’t even think about painting UPVC. That’s because it doesn’t need repainting, or any other form of upkeep, for that matter! Just take a wet cloth to the window or door frame when it needs a good wiping down. 

We have just reopened our Gillingham showroom if you would like to see a fantastic showcase of UPVC products in a Covid-secure venue. 


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