uPVC is one of the most popular materials for doors and window frames.
Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride became popular in the 1980s and is more commonly known as uPVC or PVCu. Moreover, it’s a synthetic, robust material that does not rot.
On the other hand, PVC is made mainly of salt and oil and is often used for food packaging and flooring. However, PVC is not suitable for the same purposes as uPVC due to its chemical composition.
But why is PVCu so popular when it comes to doors and windows?
How Is uPVC Created?
The material is plastic in a powder form that gets heated and made into a liquid. It’s then lengthened to form a profile. When the liquid cools, it hardens into a solid that is then cut into shape.
PVCu And Its Uses
uPVC is a low-maintenance material ideal for use when building. It can be used as a cheaper alternative to wood.
Moreover, the material can be seen mostly on window frames and sills. It is also beneficial when used for fascias and sidings. Furthermore, PVCu is ideal for plumbing and drainage – meaning it can be seen on waste and drainpipes, guttering and downpipes. Hence, cast iron has almost entirely lost its use when it comes to drainage.
The Benefits Of uPVC
One of the main benefits of PVCu is its affordability. Hence, it’s a cheaper alternative to aluminium and timber, which can be costly.
Another benefit is its strength and durability. uPVC can often withstand the elements making it a long-lasting material, ideal for home improvements. It’s versatile and low-maintenance, too, meaning it can suit all homes and only requires a wipe down to keep clean.
uPVC is energy-efficient. It has low thermal conductivity and stops heat from escaping from the home. Its robust qualities make it secure.
Furthermore, there are various colour choices nowadays for uPVC frames that make them look aesthetically pleasing and stylish.