Improve Energy efficiency
uPVC windows can dramatically improve the energy efficiency for your home. The low conductivity of uPVC as a material, the tight seals uPVC windows provide and the ease with which they can be fabricated for double and triple glazing, make uPVC an excellent choice in energy efficient buildings. PVC doesn't conduct heat well therefore doesn't transfer temperatures from inside to outside, or outside to inside. Next time you are near an aluminium framed window, put your hand on the frame and feel its temperature. uPVC is the material most widely used for windows across Europe and the US where the focus on energy efficient buildings began around 30 years ago.
Up to 70% of heat is gained or lost through standard 3mm window panes and even more is lost with heat transfer through metal frames. In winter, a single-glazed, 3mm-deep pane of glass can lose from ten to 15 times more heat than an insulated wall of the same area. In summer, single glaze standard windows of an average home account for over 25% of total heat gain. Double glazing your windows is said to improve thermal resistance by 94%. The air pocket created between the two glass panes provides an insulating barrier, keeping the outside heat out and regulating your interior temperature. Installing new double-glazed units is recommended when you are doing a major renovation and/or extension and are looking for a high quality, well-sealed product. It’s a simple goal in modern-day home life ... keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Keeping warm in winter: By cutting the transfer of heat from the warm inside to the cold side of the window, uPVC windows will significantly reduce loss of heating warmth in cold weather and reduce the energy required to heat interior spaces. Keeping cool in summer: Cooling a home in summer can use up to three times the energy required to heat it in winter. Installing double-glazed uPVC window frames can keep you cooler in summer by reducing solar heat gain from outside. And in the evenings, the openable Tilt and Turn window system allows you to take advantage of natural cross ventilation to cool the home. They are proven performers in reducing energy consumption for heating and cooling and consequently, over their whole life cycle, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 48-61% compared with aluminium framed windows. Using double glazed uPVC windows will therefore make a valuable contribution to lowering India's greenhouse emissions and lower your energy bills!
Posted on: 7/16/2020, 10:03 AM
6 Reasons to Switch to UPVC Windows
Wooden doors had a good run. Durable, strong and available in a range of styles, wooden windows really did a sterling job. But, on the other hand, they did require a fair bit of maintenance, whether that was varnishing, repainting, sanding or cleaning; wooden windows took a solid amount of TLC to keep them looking good. Then came along uPVC. From the late 1990’s onwards they have dominated the market. And it is not hard to see why. Here are 6 reasons to switch to uPVC windows if you haven't already!
Longer Lifespan - Being made from plastic means that uPVC windows are extremely resistant and last an extremely long time, much longer than wooden windows and you don't even have to worry about treating them as nicely!
Little (virtually no) Maintenance - Being so durable, uPVC requires extremely minimal maintenance (so much so that just the odd wipe to remove any dirt will suffice). Unlike wooden windows, uPVC doesn't flake and doesn't need to be painted. uPVC windows won't be corroded or damaged by the weather either.
Better Insulation (cheaper bills!) - Whilst wooden windows would often expand and contract during different seasons, uPVC stay the same size and shape and close the gaps that can be found between wooden windows and their frames. This significantly reduces the amount of heat lost from your house meaning you spend less on heating bills!
Stylish - uPVC are very stylish and are available in an eclectic range of colours and designs, so you can be sure to find the style to best suit your home.
Cheaper - uPVC windows are much cheaper to produce than wooden windows, meaning that you enjoy a cheaper price tag for your new door!
Secure - The way that uPVC windows are constructed means that they come with a much more complex, lock system, making your window much, much more secure. uPVC window handles are built to prevent unwanted visitors gaining access to your home.
Posted on: 7/16/2020, 10:20 AM
uPVC Windows Fire Resistant?
None of us like to think of the nightmare scenario of a fire in our home and hopefully few of us will ever have to experience it. To be prepared for the worst however is common sense and may turn out to be a wise move. There are several steps that can be taken to make your home safer, for example fitting a fire alarm. They are widely available, relatively cheap and more importantly could save your life.
When it comes to fire safety one of the questions we often get asked is are uPVC windows fire resistant?
When thinking about installing uPVC Windows, there are a few interesting points to consider:
uPVC windows will not accelerate the spread of flames in the event of a fire as the chlorine content of the PVC acts as a fire retardant.
uPVC window frames do not melt which is a common misconception based on how people perceive other plastic materials.
Once the source of ignition has been removed uPVC windows stops burning.
Whilst installing double glazing within your property will not prevent the outbreak of fires they will not exacerbate the situation.
Posted on: 7/16/2020, 10:30 AM
Advantages of uPVC Windows
- uPVC windows are the Number One in energy efficiency - The frame of a window plays a decisive role in promoting energy and cost-efficient thermal insulation. Window profiles made of uPVC score top marks when compared with aluminium or wooden windows. They have better insulation values and are able to reduce energy and heating costs. There is a particularly high energy saving potential when using uPVC window frames in the passive house standard. Today, passive house windows can be manufactured efficiently and cost-effectively using state-of-the-art uPVC profiles and the now quite common triple glazing.
- When it comes to fire safety one of the questions we often get asked is are uPVC windows fire resistant?
- When thinking about installing uPVC Windows, there are a few interesting points to consider:
- uPVC windows will not accelerate the spread of flames in the event of a fire as the chlorine content of the PVC acts as a fire retardant.
- uPVC window frames do not melt which is a common misconception based on how people perceive other plastic materials.
- Once the source of ignition has been removed uPVC windows stops burning.
- Whilst installing double glazing within your property will not prevent the outbreak of fires they will not exacerbate the situation.
Posted on: 7/16/2020, 10:41 AM
uPVC for Noise Reduction
Sound is a form of energy which means that when it is unwanted and a disturbance, effective noise barriers need mass and density and a low resonant frequency to stop or reflect the energy.
The science of noise abatement is based upon the interruption of noise travelling from the noise source to a particular receptor, for example the most exposed façade of a building. Windows and doors, however, can often be the weakest link in the isolation of noise from outside the home.
It sounds simple, but effective sound insulating materials for windows must meet many requirements in addition to acoustic performance, such as withstanding long term weather and traffic exposure, attractive appearance, cost effectiveness and increasingly end-of-design-life recyclability.
DOUBLE GLAZING IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE BARRIERS AGAINST SOUND, AND COMBINED WITH UPVC WINDOW FRAME SYSTEMS CAN REDUCE PERCEIVED NOISE BY UP TO 80% (~45DB).
Double glazing accommodates a variety of glass thickness and types allowing the product to reach high acoustic control requirements. Using two (or more) layers of glazing increases noise reduction at most frequencies, but by how much also depends on the space between the layers. In order to improve sound insulation, larger air spaces between glazing units, from about 20 to 100 mm, are better.
Windows with good weather sealing are essential for effective sound insulation. uPVC window profiles are welded and have multiple chamber construction. These two factors combined with the thickness of glass, provide the finished window with excellent acoustic insulation, reflecting sound waves before they have the opportunity to create vibrations and noise.
Noise reductions of up to 40-45dB can improve your sleep, decrease stress, improve a work environment and concentration, and add re-sale value to your home.
Posted on: 7/16/2020, 10:47 AM
Low maintenance - uPVC window frames don't need painting or sealing, significantly reducing maintenance over their life time. They are easily cleaned with water and detergent.
Tough and durable - uPVC is a very durable material used in water and sewer pipes for at least 100 years. uPVC windows are so durable that the vast majority of them installed over the past 25 years are still in use. Good quality uPVC windows and doors are tested for ultra violet resistance to ensure they won't fade in the harsh Indian sun.
Rot resistant - uPVC does not rot, and is resistant to corrosion.
Thermal comfort - Unlike metals, uPVC is non-conductive, meaning its use in window frames does not transfer heat and therefore contributes to a more consistent internal temperature in a building. The combination of uPVC frames and double glazing makes for highly energy efficient windows.
Openable Tilt and Turn - uPVC window systems allow opening in two directions to enhance the ability of taking advantage of natural, cross ventilation.
Acoustic insulation - Double-glazed uPVC windows and doors are able to cut down noise by as much as 70%.
Resistant to salt erosion - uPVC is resistant to corrosion caused by salt-laden air making them ideal for coastal properties.
High security - uPVC windows incorporate multi locking systems providing a high level of security for homes or businesses. Most uPVC window locking systems lock at multiple points all around the sash and frame.
Recyclable - uPVC can be recycled as often as 10 times. Where they have been commonly used for the past 30 years, such as in Europe, uPVC windows and doors can be, and are, recycled at the end of life. Although very little end of life uPVC windows are presently available for recycling in India, Indian industry programs are committed to keeping uPVC out of landfills, putting it back into new products. The off-cuts from uPVC window fabrication are already being collected in some states for recycling.
Posted on: 7/16/2020, 11:00 AM
Durability of uPVC Windows
uPVC window frames are a unique construction alternative that offer proven durability and performance.
PVC is an incredibly versatile polymer used for a vast range of building products from potable water pressure pipes to power cables and hygienic hospital flooring. The 'u' in uPVC simply means un-plasticised PVC (polyvinyl chloride). It means the polymer is in a hard, rigid form rather than flexible or soft.
uPVC is an ideal material for long-lasting, low maintenance, thermally efficient windows. It is these key features that have led to uPVC windows being the most popular choice in Europe and America for decades. In India, they have been in use for around 20 years. But it is only more recently that their popularity has started to grow as homeowners and builders alike are looking for better products and materials to construct more energy efficient homes.
Unlike alternative, traditional materials for frames, uPVC is water and salt resistant and thermally non-conductive so it can withstand the extremes of heat, cold, wind, rain, and snow without problems of warping, corroding, rotting, peeling, chipping or flaking. uPVC provides an all-round, more durable option.
This makes uPVC windows low maintenance and easy to maintain. Although most popular as white profiles, they are available in a variety of modern colours. Whether white or coloured, uPVC window frames won't need painting or sealing, significantly reducing maintenance over their life time. They can be easily cleaned with water and detergent.
Oasis uPVC profiles are of global standards with Indian environment in consideration that gives consumers extra confidence that they can resist the harsh India sun, meaning uPVC windows made of Oasis uPVC profiles are a tough, durable, and sustainable window option that deliver a high level of energy efficiency and performance.
Posted on: 7/16/2020, 11:15 AM