The Top 10 Benefits of UPVC Double Glazing Windows
What is UPVC?
Firstly we shoudl address what UPVC windows actjually are?
Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride or as it is commonly known UPVC is a type of rigid plastic being hard and not flexible. UPVC double glazing is a superior choice for window frames and doors offering excellent performance and longevity at an affordable price - UPVC is a cheaper alternative to the more expensive hardwood and aluminium. Being cost-effective makes UPVC a popular material and is one of the most preferred materials for windows and doors. UPVC is specifically designed to reduce heat loss in conjunction with the strength, versatility and low maintenance properties of UPVC and offers many benefits which no material has so far been able to match.
The most common question our customers ask us is, what are the benefits of UPVC double glazing over its Wooden or Aluminium alternatives: Below are the most common benefits of UPVC Windows.
- Ideal form of insulation
UPVC double glazing is the ideal form of insulation, with up to 50-70% of home heat lost through single glazing. With UPVC double glazing the airtight construction creates thermal insulation. This means that your home will no longer be subject to temperature extremes and regulating your home's interior temperature will be easier - warmer in winter and cooler in the summer.
- Reduces energy usage meaning reduced energy costs
Due to the extra pane of glass double glazing reduces the amount of heat able to escape from your homes and cold air seeping in. The major advantage of UPVC double glazing therefore is that is that it will make your property more energy efficient. Less draughts and better temperature control results in less energy being needed to heat up or cool down the space with a reduced need to turn on the heating system leading to lower energy bills.
- Reduces condensation
Moisture on a warm surface forms droplets of water leading to condensation. Condensation can be a serious problem particularly in older houses as it causes mould and mildew. It also can rot wooden frames and damage your families health. In UPVC double glazing the combination of air between the two panes of glass and the airtight seal, prohibits the build up of condensation by blocking moisture in cold weather.
- Reduces noise
Double glazing windows and doors improve sound insulation by creating a barrier between the house and external environment. This means that UPVC double glazing can reduce the impact of noise by as much as 60% - in other words taking the 80dB noise emitted by road traffic and reducing it to the equivalent of someone talking in a library. This is obviously of great value if you live by a busy road or are situated on a flight path.
- Enhances resale value of your home
Beautiful windows and doors can enhance the exterior of your home like nothing else will. UPVC double glazing and doors are an excellent way to increase the resale value of your home. This is true even for older homes providing the windows and doors are in-keeping with the style of the home. Purchasers want to buy a home that is well insulated and energy efficient which double glazing provides.
- Styles to suit your home
There is a wide variety of bespoke windows and doors to ensure your home is aesthetically pleasing. For example sash windows for older houses, bay windows and casement windows. Alongside this are a variety of doors such as patio, bi-fold and entrance. Both windows and doors come in a variety colours - grey, white, brown etc. to suit your taste.
- Environmental advantages
Because UPVC double glazing reduces your energy usage this in turn means your carbon footprint will also be reduced.
- Safety aspects
Security is of prime importance and all windows and doors are fitted with a range of modern anti-burglar features. All security features that UPVC windows and doors have are rigorously tested to ensure the highest possible standards- every window and door is tested to ensure they meet the BSI kite mark security standards. Key multi-point locking systems are fitted as standard with shoot lock bolts and anti-forcing devices making it tougher to force open from the outside. By its very nature double glazing offers greater security than single glazing as the extra pane of glass makes the windows significantly tougher to break meaning better home security. Internal beading is used which prevents glass removal from the outside, protecting you from intruders.
- Reduces damage to furnishings.
UPVC double glazing windows can help reduce sun damage to your furniture, paintings, carpets and soft furnishings because the windows can reduce the amount of sun and heat entering rooms.
- Low maintenance
UPVC double glazing never needs repainting. The only maintenance required is a wipe down with a damp cloth a few times a year in order to keep frames clean -other than that your windows and doors will look after themselves! Unlike timber you will not see any signs of weather damage or rot because of the durable nature of UPVC.