Vinyl windows are everywhere. In the last twenty years PVC windows and doors became the status quo on the replacement market. What makes vinyl windows so special? PVC and UPVC windows virtually do not have any service issues, require minimal maintenance during their lifetime, and you can be rest assured you will never have to paint your windows again. We at Ecoline Windows truly believe that these windows offer the best practical and economical option for most homeowners.

What’s the difference between PVC and UPVC?

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a synthetic plastic polymer, which is created chemically. Vinyl is usually made in rigid and flexible forms. In order for it to become flexible, plasticizers are added to the compound. the “U” in UPVC stands for “unplasticized”. Although they are commonly referred to as PVC windows, most vinyl windows are in fact made from UPVC. UPVC is not as flexible, more weather and fire resistant, doesn’t deteriorate, warp, or discolour as fast as regular PVC. It is also not as toxic or dangerous to the environment as plasticized vinyl.

You can see the benefits of UPVC in custom window construction. But why should you pick vinyl windows over other window materials?

New vinyl windows get installed with vinyl frames, jambs, brickmoulds, and vinyl trim.
New vinyl windows usually get installed with vinyl frames, jambs, brickmoulds, and vinyl trim.

1. UPVC windows are cheaper

One thing that will greatly influence what kind of windows you get is the price. UPVC windows are a relatively low cost in comparison to similarly performing aluminium or wood windows. Wood frame windows are generally approximately 20%-30% more expensive than vinyl, and aluminium windows are approximately 30% more expensive than vinyl windows. They are a safe investment to increase and maintain a property’s value.

2. Vinyl windows are easy to maintain

One of the biggest advantages of these windows is that they require little attention. Vinyl windows can generally be cleaned with water and dish soap, and don’t require special knowledge, or unique cleaning products.

3. UPVC windows last longer

PVC windows are durable and do not rot, as opposed to windows made of wood. Over time, wood can warp, disintegrate, and simply fall apart. Vinyl windows have a particularly long service life and high distortion resistance. They can also be manufactured in a variety of colors. Wooden windows, on the other hand, have to be scraped and re-painted every 5 years. State-of-the-art PVC is extremely resistant to weather conditions and won’t yellow or change colour for the duration of its lifetime.

4. Vinyl windows are more energy efficient

Window frames made of PVC score top marks when compared with aluminium or wooden windows. They have better insulation values and are able to reduce energy and heating costs. Vinyl sashes offer better performance and energy efficiency from your insulated sealed units. These windows can also accommodate grilles inside the sealed unit.

5. UPVC windows have better warranties

Usually, most manufacturers offer a 25-year warranty on PVC / UPVC windows. This is roughly the life expectancy of UPVC and you should expect to replace your vinyl windows around that time.

To read more about the benefits of PVC / Vinyl windows see 2 links below:

http://www.natapr.com/res/comm/natapr_20120301_PVC_pressrel.pdf
http://www.natapr.com/res/comm/natapr_20110615_PVC_Green_pressrel.pdf

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