What are uPVC windows?
referred to as plastic windows,
uPVC styles are a specific incarnation of windows that most
contemporary homes have installed, but what exactly are they?
refers to products that are made using polyvinyl chloride.
Basically, this is a combination of different chemicals,
plasticizers and pigments that are light and easy to maintain and
can be manipulated into specific shapes with little difficulty.
is considered to be extremely energy efficient, as it doesn’t
allow much heat to escape, which is a key selling point.
and Cons of uPVC windows.
from needing to be cleaned, these windows are maintenance-free, as
the material won’t corrode, rot or rust.
keep heat within a property exceptionally well, especial if
double-glazing or triple-glazing glass panels are selected.
windows do not ever need to be painted.
you want to up your eco credentials, uPVC window installations are
perfect, as the frames are made from recycled material and can be
recycled again at the end of their life.
create a contemporary aesthetic for modern homes.
glazing options are available to choose from, including
double-glazed windows, triple-glazing and even soundproofed glass.
are available in a number of colours and styles, so as to blend in,
even with older properties.
windows can be surprisingly cost-effective.
windows are not fireproof, but are fire resistant
people don’t consider them to be as attractive as traditional wooden windows.
work usually requires total removal and disassembly.
windows are not suitable for every climate. Extreme weather can
prevent them being an option.
uPVC has a tendency to discolour over time.
heat sources can warp plastic frames.
to uPVC windows need to be carried out by professionals.
set on fire, plastic windows could release toxic fumes.
majority of people consider them unsuitable for period homes.
windows could last as little as 15 years.
is the installation process for uPVC windows?
you have decided to fit your own supply-only plastic windows or have
a professional fitting team coming to do the job for you, the process
will be the same and can be split into five stages:
part of the process helps you to make sure that your brickwork is in
good condition and that you won’t need to make any structural
repairs ahead of fitting new windows. You will also be able to see
if you need to account for any telephone or internet wiring.
can ask a professional to come and check your aperture and take
accurate measurements for you at this stage. You need to remember
that your new windows will need to be smaller than the holes they
are going into, usually 10mm smaller, all the way around the frame.
will need to clean the area well at this point.
Removing existing windows
you remove your old windows, triple-check that the replacements are
the exact same size and will fit perfectly. If everything looks
good, remove existing windows very carefully, to minimise damage to
possible, remove your glazing panels first and then the frames, as
this will reduce the weight you need to account for and obviously,
wear protective clothing.
wary of damaging any damp proofing.
Fit the new frame
fitting your new uPVC frame, you will need to attach your sill, if
you are having one. Be careful to use the right length of screws, or
they could penetrate your frame and allow moisture to creep in. Be
sure to add the sill end caps as well.
your frame into your gap and level it, using shims if necessary.
Once it is in the right place and perfectly level, drill fixing
screw holes through the frame and into the wall.
your frame to the wall, using high quality frame fixings, but don’t
over tighten until all screws are in place and can be equally
any holes with silicone sealant, to prevent moisture creeping in
anywhere and then clean all brick dust away.
Insert the glass
goes without saying that you will need to enlist the help of a
second person to lift your glazing into place. Do this VERY
carefully, or you might have to order new glass!
your sealed units into place and add finishing strips, supplied with
all of the surface areas, so prevent staining and finally, add a
perfectly smooth bead of quality sealant, in a matching colour, to
fill the gap between your walls and the frame. This should be a
weatherproof barrier, so don’t try to be frugal.
can I buy uPVC windows?
are lots of window suppliers to choose from and the homify directory
of window suppliers is a great place to start your search.