If you have been thinking it is time for a window replacement, you have several options to consider before moving ahead with your project. With new windows comes the opportunity to change the style and function of your windows as well as the look and feel of your entire home. The type of material your window frames are manufactured from is another decision you will need to make for your project. There are multiple options such as wood, aluminum, composite and even fiberglass. An increasingly popular option is uPVC, we will go over what you need to know about uPVC below.
uPVC is short for unplasticized polyvinyl chloride, a term most of us are not familiar with. However, many of us have been in close contact with the material before, as most vinyl windows are made out of uPVC. The material is more ridged, and doesn’t warp or discolour as fast as regular PVC windows. It is also more weather and fire resistant than PVC. But, the main difference is that uPVC is BPA and phthalate free, which is important for you and your family’s health. BPA is a toxic chemical that is found in some plastics and has been linked to neurological and immunity issues among other potentially dangerous health hazards.
These windows have gained in popularity because the material is easy to work with, and can be used on a wide array of window sizes, styles and shapes. uPVC windows are extremely durable, they are bug and fire resistant, they won’t peel, rust, or rot and the colour won’t fade for decades. Maintenance for uPVC windows is fairly easy, all that is needed is a light wash a few times a year using soap and water. Because these frames won’t chip or flake, there is no need to paint. Even if the frames get scratched, the colour goes through the entire frame, so there will be minimal visibility of the scratched area and no need for touch-ups.
You may have asked yourself are replacement windows worth the cost? uPVC windows are manufactured air tight and when coupled with other window efficiency features will limit warm air from entering or escaping your home. When heating your home during the colder months and cooling your home in the warmer months, these windows will help maintain your ideal internal home temperature, meaning your HVAC system will not need to work as hard and saving you money on your energy bills.
uPVC windows are also great at reducing outside noise, if you live in a busy neighbourhood or close to a major street, you know that outside noise can often penetrate into your home. uPVC windows offer great sound dampening, so when the windows are closed you are able to enjoy the company of your friends and family or simply enjoy some quiet time without being disturbed with what’s happening outside. You will probably be hard pressed to put a value on the peace and quiet.
When looking into replacing your windows, you will have many options to sort through. At Riverbend windows and doors, our focus is on you, and helping you find the right product for your London area home. Give us a call today at 226-688-8652, for a free consultation!