The benefits of investing in uPVC windows for your homePosted on: October 27, 2021
uPVC windows have gained significant popularity over the years. Most new homes come with them, and homeowners with a proclivity toward upgrades will have considered whether it’s worthwhile to get them. But why? What is it about uPVC windows that has builders and homeowners alike in such a buzz?
Let’s start with what it actually is.
Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) is a hard plastic material that is resistant to common household frustrations, such as moisture, mould, pollution and corrosion. The substance is heated to extremely high temperatures, injected into a mold, put through some cooling processes, and the final structure is complete, with no added chemicals needed.
This process comes with some distinct benefits.
Unlike wooden windows, uPVC can take just about any form. Without limits on the material, the look of the windows can be customised to suit an extremely diverse set of tastes and preferences for sliding windows, side-hung windows, twin sash windows and more.
2. Low maintenance
Being moisture, mould, pollution, and corrosion-proof makes uPVC windows extremely low maintenance. They may look nicer when dusted and free of fingerprints, but they require no deep cleaning or upkeep, making them particularly attractive to busy modern households.
Immune to weather conditions, including fading from harmful UV rays, uPVC windows can last for 50 years or more without letting go of their low-maintenance benefits. And beyond just staying clean and aesthetically appealing for half a lifetime, they also remain structurally stable, thanks to galvanised steel reinforcements.
When weighing up costs for uPVC windows, it’s worth considering how long other alternatives may last. With uPVC lasting for 50 years or more without the need for maintenance or replacements, the long-term costs are very low, with the quality remaining high for the entire life of the window.
5. Energy saving
One big reason why uPVC windows are a staple in new homes is their benefit in energy saving. Energy costs are on the rise, and the world is becoming more conscious of energy waste, which includes letting warmth escape during the winter and cool temperatures in the summer. With high insulation properties, uPVC windows keep indoor temperatures stable. They are also a more sustainable option, as they last so long, the materials are recyclable, and the process of removing and fixing is so simple it consumes minimal energy.
6. Fire retardant
No one anticipates a fire in their home, but it can happen, and the materials in the home will either help or hinder its spread. uPVC windows are naturally flame retardant because of their chlorine content, meaning that they do not cause, support or enhance the spread of a fire. What’s more, uPVC doesn’t melt when coming into contact with fire. As doors and windows are the usual escape route for those stuck in a house fire, this property makes uPVC one of the best furnishings to help everyone make it out safely in the event of an emergency.
7. Added market value
Home upgrades cost money, and sometimes nice-to-haves don’t always translate to a higher market value when putting a house up for sale. In the case of uPVC windows, they have been shown to increase property values — by as much as 10% — as buyers consider this an upgrade that will need to be done on any new home.
Considering all the benefits, the current popularity of uPVC is well warranted, and with its long-term, sustainable benefits, it’s not going anywhere for the next 50 or more years.
If you’re interested in discussing how uPVC windows could enhance the look, feel and value of your home, contact the team at Euramax today.Back to news/resources