What are uPVC windows?
UPVC windows, commonly referred to as vinyl windows, are relative newcomers to Australia. An ‘unplasticised’ form of PVC, these sturdy window frames have been popular in Europe and America for many years owing to their durability and low maintenance.
UPVC windows can withstand extremes of heat, cold, wind, rain and snow without corroding, peeling, chipping or flaking.
Energy efficiency and thermal properties
Considered an energy efficient choice, uPVC windows have similar thermal properties to timber. UPVC limits the transfer of heat and cold through the frame and as a result can reduce reliance on heaters and air conditioners.
These frames can also be filled with foam insulation to further improve thermal performance.
UPVC is a flame retardant material commonly used in fire risk areas. Unlike timber windows, uPVC frames are a self extinguishable material that does not support combustion.
While colour choices may be limited, uPVC windows are available in a wide range of window styles including sliding and hinged varieties. Lighter colours are more commonly available and will not fade over time like darker colours have been known to do.