10 common misconceptions about uPVC windows and doors

Despite the large strides made with uPVC in recent years, it’s shoddy reputation forged during the 1980s has been a hard one to shake. Though primarily known for our work with hardwood windows and doors, modern developments made to the material means we feel confident in offering uPVC windows and doors as a successful timber alternative for homeowners.

To better halt the untrue and sometimes ill-informed misconceptions about uPVC, we thought it’d be helpful to address them head on.

uPVC door with glass

1. “They look cheap!”

This is simply not true. In actual fact, uPVC windows and doors can look however homeowners want them to, being the best material to use as a blank canvas. If you’d like to enjoy the low maintenance sensibilities uPVC brings but also lay on the luxury, all units can be customised to do so through adjustable colouring, glazing, and opening style.

2. “They’re not very strong!”

If you’ve heard that uPVC isn’t very strong, we’re sorry to reveal that you’ve been misinformed. It’s actually engineered to be as sturdy and rigid as possible, being key to allow effective triple glazing insulation to be incorporated. Simply put, uPVC’s natural strength will never compromise the structural integrity of your home.

3. “uPVC isn’t good for the environment!”

uPVC is actually a very eco-friendly material. It’s completely recyclable which means that it can be broken down and used for other purposes when its natural lifespan comes to an end, and all without the need to take down any trees. Once fitted, uPVC windows and doors are well-equipped to insulate the home too, meaning that less energy is needed to heat up the living space.

4. “uPVC windows will warp and crack!”

Though made from plastic, uPVC windows and doors are not susceptible to warping and cracking when subjected to heat. The frames come reinforced using galvanised iron, which means that they’ll always retain their shape and size.

5. “They don’t last very long!”

Not true either! uPVC windows and doors have an average lifespan of around 20 years, which, while not as long as timber or aluminium, can be extended to double that if quality materials are used. During this time they’ll continue performing and functioning as expected, holding fast against the sun harshness, rapid winds, and cold weather.

Leaded uPVC windows

6. “They only come in White!”

uPVC windows and doors can be installed in a wide range of colours and finishes, helping to ensure that they can be customised to suit property styles both classical and contemporary. From classic styles like Chartwell Green and Cream to more authentic woodgrain foils like Rosewood and Irish Oak, uPVC need not be installed in the basic White tone they were notorious for.

7. “uPVC causes condensation!”

Condensation isn’t just a problem limited to uPVC, rather, one that can occur within any sort of frame material. Put simply, the tighter your home is sealed, the more likely it is that you’ll experience some kind of condensation build-up. Therefore, it’s best to incorporate ventilation features to allow air to flow through. Thankfully, most uPVC windows and doors do so naturally.

8. “It will turn yellow over time!”

uPVC turning yellow does hold a hint of truth in that yellowing used to occur within the uPVC windows and doors of old. Since then, modern manufacturing developments have improved, eradicating the possibility for uPVC frames and panels to discolour over time. Yellowing is an issue that’s simply not possible with most modern uPVC systems.

9. “They require a lot of care!”

One of the most baffling misconceptions we frequently come across, uPVC is in no way high in maintenance. Their ability to be easily cleaned is actually one of uPVC’s biggest advantages on the rare occasion that homeowners are needed to do. A vast improvement compared to the uPVC and timber of old (especially the latter whereby regular varnishing is required), modern uPVC windows and doors perfectly suit those wanting a ‘fit and forget’ experience.

White uPVC sliding sash windows

10. “They’re not as affordable as they used to be!”

While it’s true that uPVC might cost a little more than it did in say, the 1980s, a lot of this is merely down to the natural inflation that has occurred in the British economy over time. Despite this, the quality of uPVC windows and doors have improved greatly, they still are affordable compared to uPVC and timber, and can even save you money thanks to multi-chambered profiles which serve to trap any present precious heat.

Quality uPVC solutions from Reddish Joinery

Hopefully that’s helped clear up just some of the most prominent misconceptions about uPVC reinforcing our belief that windows and doors engineered in the material are a solid choice when wanting to improve your home. For more information on our selection of uPVC windows and doors, why not get touch? You can contact Reddish Joinery either via phone on 0161 696 7474 or send us an online message today.

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