What is uPVC?
uPVC stands for Unplasticised Poly Vinyl Chloride, and is also known as vinyl windows. It is a rigid, extremely durable and long lasting form of PVC used in the building industry.
How long has uPVC been used in Australia?
uPVC windows are relatively new in Australia. They are commonly used in Europe and the US and are valued for durability and protection from extreme weather. The use of uPVC with double or triple glazed glass provide windows with extra insulation and energy efficiency. In Europe, almost 80% of all windows are made from uPVC.
What is uPVC used for?
uPVC is known in the building industry as a low-maintenance material around the world. It is used in:
- Window frames and sills
- Plumbing: pipes, gutters, downpipes.
About our uPVC products
- Strengthened by galvanized steel reinforcement
- High percentage of titanium dioxide (prevents damage from harsh Australian UV rays)
- Fitted with a German-made multi-point locking system.
So how does uPVC compare to what we use in Australia?
We don’t have the extreme weather of Europe or the US, however, the sun, UV rays, salt, and rain can cause a lot of damage to our timber and aluminum window frames.
Timber rots over time. Aluminum corrodes and doesn’t insulate well as it is a thermal conductor
uPVC makes up for the shortcomings of timber and aluminum – and has even more benefits.
10 Benefits of uPVC
1. Custom made: shapes, surfaces, and colours of windows and doors are made to suit individual preferences
2. Timber look and feel: texture and colours that look like timber are available
3. Durable: doesn’t rot, fade, and is resistant to corrosion (including salt corrosion)
4. High security: multi-point locks and multi-chambered uPVC reinforced with galvanized steel provide additional safety
5. Low maintenance: Quick and easy to clean, no further costs
6. Fire safety: uPVC is fire resistant and our products are BAL-40 approved
7. Weather proof: welded construction of quality seals and glass will keep your home comfortable – through the hottest summers and coldest winters
8. Environmentally friendly: can be recycled up to 10 times or put into new products
9. Cuts down noise: the glass can reduce it as much as 70% (uPVC Windows – The Energy Efficient Solution)
10. Energy efficient: will save 30-40% in energy costs – great for you and the environment.
Why is an energy efficient home so important?
Heating and cooling costs make up a large part of a household’s costs. It can also have negative environmental affects. But good design and construction can make all the difference.
The Australian government provides some great information about heating and cooling - Your Energy Savings website.
And for better energy rates and tips for building a sustainable home if you’re buying, renovating or building, Your Home- Australian Government Energy Regulator website.
I hope you and Danny are well,
Xavier and I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all you and your wonderful team did on our windows. We have been enjoying the luxury of low bills, a warm home and a sleeping baby because of the reduce in outdoor noise. As you know when changing windows to your home its a big investment and we are so glad we chose your business, you and Danny took care of us with integrity helping us meet our budget and getting the best outcome. We appreciate everything you did thank you for looking after us.
Xavier and Deina
Isn’t uPVC expensive?
uPVC products certainly are not cheap. Consider the benefits:
- 30-40% savings in your home heating and cooling costs
- Increase your home resale value
- Cut out maintenance costs
- Better acoustics (great for houses in high traffic areas)
- Exceptional quality and looks.