The 6 UPVC facts you should know
You will undoubtedly have heard of UPVC; it’s an acronym that everyone has listened to their handy Uncle or Dad say at least once. But what is UPVC? Is it safe? And why do we use it for our windows and doors? These are all questions that we have been asked before, and here at ATT Fabrications, we’re going to bestow our wisdom and tell you the six UPVC facts you should know.
Let’s start with a question which gets asked all the time. You will have to keep the answer to this one locked away in the same compartment that you lock all your other pub quiz facts because it’s a handy bit of information to know.
What does UPVC stand for?
UPVC stands for Un-plasticised Poly Vinyl Chloride. Now that may sound like something your chemistry teacher would shout at you from the front of the classroom, but that’s partly because of how it’s created. So, that leads us on to…
How is UPVC made?
The material (UPVC) is a plastic powder which is heated up until it is in liquid form and then fed into an extruder to form the lengths of UPVC profile from which the door or window can be manufactured. Once the liquid has cooled and the mould has hardened into a solid form, the UPVC can be cut into the final shape of a door or window.
What is UPVC?
UPVC is a synthetic material which is used for external fixtures and fittings and does not rot. The robust nature of the material makes it the ideal choice for windows and doors, and here at ATT Fabrications, we have a range of UPVC Bi-folding doors and UPVC French doors for you to choose from.
How to clean UPVC
The best way to clean UPVC windows or doors is the traditional soap and water method. With this method, you will need a bucket of warm and soapy water and a sponge. Don’t use a scouring pad or wire brush to clean the UPVC as this could potentially scratch the surface. You will also want to stay away from cream cleaners as they can take away the glossy finish of the fixture. Scrub across the panelling and around the edges with the soapy water and sponge making sure that you target areas with grime build up. UPVC is a low maintenance material, and you should only need to clean the surface every few months.
Why is UPVC used for doors and windows?
UPVC is a material which is robust but is still easy to fit and isn’t too heavy to install into your home, unlike some aluminium fittings which can be heavier and more complex to fit.
It is also a cheaper material and is usually less expensive than timber windows or doors depending on the quality and features which are installed.
UPVC is an excellent performing material and can withstand the harsh effects of the weather keeping your home warm in the colder months.
What are the benefits of using UPVC?
There are many benefits of having UPVC windows and doors fitted to your home, and we’re going to list some of them for you.
- Low maintenance – Having UPVC windows and doors are ideal for those who don’t want the hassle or upkeep which comes with other fixtures such as timber doors and windows. UPVC windows and doors don’t rot or disintegrate like their wooden counterparts, and they don’t need to be treated with harsh or complex chemical solutions.
- Insulation – Many UPVC windows and doors are strong insulators and include double glazing windows which ensure that you can keep heat into your home during the winter months. In turn, this will help you save money on your energy bills.
- Security – UPVC door and window frames are robust, which gives you added security and protection to your home from any intruders.
- Durability – UPVC doors last for around 10-35 years before they start to diminish, which make them a very durable fixture to add to your property. This will save you from replacing the fitting every few years like you would have to with wood which rots and aluminium which rusts.
- Style – With the range of UPVC Bi-folding Doors and UPVC French Doors available here at ATT Fabrications, we offer a wide range of styles and colours which you can add to your home to show off your taste for sophistication. The designs within the collections allow you to display your personality in a flurry of colours and designs in an open way.
Are UPVC windows and doors toxic?
Regularly speaking, they are a non-toxic fitting which doesn’t cause any harm or injury, and UPVC is a highly regulated plastic material which undergoes standard testing. UPVC windows and doors are safe in their solid form; however, problems can arise if they are burnt. If a piece of UPVC is burning, it can release dioxins which could be harmful to the environment. The fixture is safe to have around your children and pets and will not cause any harm if they come into contact with the plastic.
Finding the right UPVC product for you
Here at ATT Fabrications, we have a beautiful selection of UPVC products which will impress your guests when you invite them round and can even increase the price of your property.
Another UPVC product that we offer here at ATT Fabrications is our UPVC French Door range which will give your home the upgrade that it needs. Functional, fashionable and designed with you in mind – explore the range of colours and style today.