Have you been looking at investing in some brand new double glazed windows or triple glazed windows for your home, and keep seeing different companies talking about uPVC and aluminium? It’s not always entirely clear what the difference is, is it? Well, that’s why we’ve put together this blog to lay out the benefits of each kind of window to help you make an informed choice.
UPVC windows are a great option if you’re looking for new double or triple glazing to help insulate your home. Here are some of the key benefits:
- uPVC windows are very easy to maintain and clean – they can be made like new with just the wipe of a damp cloth.
- uPVC is a naturally warm material and the multi-chambered frames of uPVC are great for insulation, helping you keep your bills down during the winter. Windows made with uPVC are generally better thermal insulators than aluminium.
- uPVC is a lightweight material, which makes uPVC double or triple glazed windows quick and easy to install.
- uPVC can last up to 20 years in great condition, meaning your investment will be one that lasts. They will also not lose their colour or fade at all during their lifespan.
- At Britelite, we offer brilliant imitation wood effects meaning your windows can look amazing without high costs. There are also a wide variety of colour choices.
- We guarantee all our uPVC windows for 10 years – they won’t rot, they won’t peel, they won’t warp.
uPVC tends to be cheaper than aluminium.
uPVC is a versatile polymer and is based on polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The flexibility, equivalent durability and strength are what makes uPVC such a sought-after material to frame windows. Since uPVC is based on PVC, its PVC’s flexibility is leveraged through a unique formulation to prepare a special uPVC blend for windows. This is how uPVC is created.
Now, let us understand what is a uPVC window?
uPVC window is a versatile polymer created with polyvinyl chloride to create strong and sturdy uPVC window profiles, which are later fabricated together to form a uPVC window. They are extremely robust, low maintenance and can last for a long time. Hence uPVC windows have created a niche for themselves in the window industry.
After dealing with what is a uPVC window let us move on to the next main pertinent question. How are uPVC windows made?
uPVC windows are made with a sturdy manufacturing process. The finesse of the uPVC windows manufacturing system is what is in question. Let us chalk that process:
- The manufacturing process of uPVC windows begins with the preparation of a resin mix where higher levels of Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and lower level of Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) to make the uPVC window profiles more durable and strong as well as resistant to UV rays.
- There is no use of lead-based substances in the resin mix to give the uPVC windows an environmentally friendly edge.
- To produce the uPVC windows there is a necessity of NABL accredited large-scale automatic mixing equipment which will ensure the mix to be churned the raw materials accurately and scientifically.
- Once the mix is ready, then the molten mix is entered into a die. The die is used to give the uPVC window profiles its shape as it is being pulled. They are cooled with a water bath. Once they are sufficiently cooled, packaging labels and protective tapes are put into the uPVC profiles. Then they are cut into standardized shapes for distribution.
- Later, these uPVC window profiles are framed together to form long-lasting uPVC windows.
Boosting energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions
Every window in the Rose Collection is ‘A’ rated for energy efficiency. They are fabricated using high quality, multi-chambered REHAU profiles which are designed to maximise insulation, keeping warm air in and cold air out. Top of the range double glazing further enhances their insulating capacity while warm edge spacer bars ensure that the edges of the sealed unit are draught free.
‘A’ rated double glazing is beneficial to both the homeowner and the environment. When heat is trapped inside the home, the heating system will not need to be used so regularly. This means that the homeowner will save money on reduced heating bills while helping to protect the environment by lowering carbon emissions