What are PVCu windows

Perhaps you have come across the term PVCubefore when looking for new windows. For those who are not aware of the term and what it stands for, PVCu stands for Poly Vinyl Chloride un-plasticised. PVCu frames, unlike wood do not rot, and unlike steel, it does not rust. As for aluminium, it’s true that it does not rust, but it can corrode, especially in the harsh atmosphere found in some corners of the country. Plus, aluminium is also very expensive.

 Let’s take a look at some of the benefits

  • It has a low maintenance upkeep and does not biologically degenerate.
  • It is light, tough, long-lasting, and can withstand strong impact.
  • It retains its shape at natural temperatures and is resistant to all kinds of weathering, plus, containing a unique compound resulting in a smooth gloss finish – guaranteeing that it will keep its immaculate appearance.
  • It differs from other thermoplastics which are entirely derived from oil. PVC is made from 57% salt and only 43% oil, which gives it some exclusive technical properties and helps promote unbeatable value.
  • It also means that they will never warp or need to be re-painted.
  • PVC also consumes less primary energy in its production thanany of the other commodity plastics, plus it can be re-melted at hot temperatures, making it a great sustainable and recyclable material.
  • PVCu contains stabilizing agents that prevent ultraviolet sun rays from causing the frame over time to fade or become dull.

 And now it’s use with double glazing

  • Reduced energy bills: energy efficient double glazing can save you up to £130 on your annual energy bills and contributes to the environment by using less fuel, you’ll be more global and nature friendly.
  • Double glazing provides a warmer, more cosy and enjoyable home.
  • Having PVCu double glazed windows reduces heat loss through windows and means fewer cold spots and draughts.
  • Peace and quiet: as well as keeping the heat in, PVCu windows are perfect for reducing outside noise and give your home a more relaxed feeling.
  • Energy efficient double glazing windows can pay for themselves in lower heating and cooling costs over the space of a few years, and taken together with improved comfort and appearance, double glazing windows are one investment all homes can benefit from.

So, as anybody can see, the benefits of using PVCu double glazing are a must for the person who’s thinking of getting rid of their old windows, or simply building a new home.  It’s for these reasons that more and more manufacturers are using PVCu thermal inserts in their frames.Ask anyone who has the experience of using them, just why they had them fitted and how much difference it has made to their overall surroundings. All of the points above should be more than enough to make any prospective, double glazing window buyer, think twice before buying anything other than those fitted with PVCu.

Jeremy Wend

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