uPVC or PVCu is a form of plastic and stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride. It is also known as rigid PVC due to the fact that it is hard and not flexible. It is a resistant from of PVC that is often used for pipework and window frames.
Why is uPVC a good material for window frames?
uPVC is proven to offer excellent performance and durability, it is long lasting and requires very little maintenance making it the perfect material for your windows. It is also recognised for its thermal efficiency, sound insulation and great value for money. For larger frame sections we use a galvanised steel reinforcement to improve the strength and durability. With Safestyle you can rest assured that even in the harshest weather conditions your windows will not warp, rot or rust due to the quality and nature of the uPVC we manufacture.
What are the benefits of using uPVC for window frames?
uPVC has many benefits which make it the perfect material to be used for window frames. It is known for providing the highest level of thermal comfort as well as being extremely durable and long lasting.
Low cost – uPVC tends to be considerably cheaper than aluminium and timber and provides more benefits. Costs can vary depending on the quality and features of the windows but you can expect a much more affordable price by choosing a UPVC window.
Low maintenance – The material tends to be so popular because it requires very little maintenance; other than cleaning in and around the frames a few times a year you can leave your windows to look after themselves. Unlike timber you will not see any signs of rot or weather damage due to the extremely durable nature of the material. UPVC is also great at providing sound insulation and studies show it can reduce outside noise by as much as 70%.
Great performance – Our uPVC windows are extremely energy efficient so installing them can really help to reduce heating costs and keep your property nice and warm. Due to its resilience, strength and robustness, uPVC is also very reliable when it comes to your home security
Are uPVC windows and doors dangerous?
uPVC is a commonly used material that is recommended for window frames by various government bodies and organisations. Our uPVC windows and doors come with a range of impressive accreditations and awards including various BSI kitemarks, having undergone rigorous quality control testing. Our uPVC frames are manufactured in our own state of the art facility, produced to the highest standard to ensure there is absolutely no danger to your home. Our customers safety is of the utmost important to us which is why we take additional precautions as an environmentally conscious company and recycle over 95% of all our waste.
Are uPVC windows toxic?
uPVC is a perfectly safe and non toxic material as long as it is not burnt, it’s production is highly regulated to make sure that it does not cause any harm or toxicity. The burning of PVC can result in the release of dioxins into the environment which are environmental persistent organic pollutants. To reduce the impact on the environment we operate a fanatical recycling policy recycling over 16,000 tons if materials each year.
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