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.

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. uPVC frames are a self extinguishable material that does not support combustion.

While colour choices may be limited, uPVC can be found in a number of window products, including a variety of traditional window styles: single, double and triple hung windows, sliding, casement and awning windows, picture, bay, bow and garden windows, sliding doors and French door systems. uPVC windows can also be found in such shapes as arches, ellipticals, eyebrows, gothic, trapezoids, rounds and half rounds, octagons, circles, ovals and half-ovals. Lighter colours are more commonly available and will not fade over time like darker colours have been known to do.
uPVC windows and glass doors are constructed in much the same way as aluminium or timber windows, but with a chambered uPVC extrusion forming the frame and glass sash, providing energy efficiency, durability and low maintenance.

uPVC, The Building Material

By many standards, uPVC is a new building material, first used broadly during and after World War II to meet many of the critical infrastructure and safety needs of that time. Yet uPVC blends many attributes of traditional materials with the advanced performance characteristics of today’s – and tomorrow’s – building products. Durability, light weight, solid environmental and fire characteristics, versatility and low maintenance requirements are just a few of the properties that have propelled the growing use of uPVC.

Benefits:
•    uPVC insulated window frames are specifically designed to incorporate insulated double glazing
•    uPVC needs virtually no maintenance and normally has a long life span
•    uPVC is engineered to handle severe weather
•    uPVC has 57% salt content so is ideal in coastal areas
•    Fusion welded construction eliminates drafts and water leaks
•    Various glass combinations, combined with the uPVC frame significantly reduce outside noise

All standard methods of opening are available, in plain glass or with Federation or Colonial bars. As better quality windows are always custom measured and made, off-square, triangular and arced variations can be made to flow with the shape of the building. There is no such thing as a standard size.

Double Hung uPVC windows by quality makers can feature constant force stainless steel balance springs that apply a constant tension. Sashes lift and lower easily, never sagging or needing adjusting and tilt in for easy cleaning. The insect screen is fitted on the outside.

Tilt and turn windows, common in Europe, make it easy to clean the outside of the window from the inside by opening the sash like a door, directly into the room. Like the double hung, the tilt and turn is handy in multi-level buildings.

Sliding Windows in uPVC should travel on rollers for a lifetime of easy opening. Especially in multi-storey installations, consumers appreciate sashes that lift out for cleaning.

Bay and Bow Windows of uPVC may be built to almost any size and style the customer prefers.

Picture windows may range from over-bench size to walls of glass with uPVC frames.

Awning windows from some uPVC makers will be dual locking for improved security and draught-proofing.

Casement windows in uPVC, when fitted with quality compression seals, give extra security and weather tight closure.

Sliding or French Doors with uPVC frames may feature two, three or four light options, multi-point locking, safety glass without transom for uninterrupted view, adjustable hinges and colonial or federation bars, fitted between the glass panes for easy cleaning.

Because of their characteristics U-PVC windows have the largest market share in the modern Europe and therefore they are the most popular windows

•    For saving energy U-PVC windows are the perfect choice, independent from climate and region. In conjunction with modern glasses first-rate insulation values can be achieved, this saves energy, money and conserves the environment.
•    The initial costs for U-PVC windows are lower than the price for compatible good quality wooden and aluminum windows.
•    U-PVC is completely harmless for humans.
•    Aluplast U-PVC windows are environmentally friendly products, therefore they are easy to recycle.
•    U-PVC windows and doors offer functional efficiency for years and durability without recurrent effort of conservation with paint or special maintenance.
•    U-PVC does not have an accelerant effect.
•    U-PVC windows preserve the nature especially the tropical forests.
•    U-PVC are resistant against termites and will never rot, rust or corrode.
•    Due to the properties of U-PVC windows, they are perfect for heat- and coolness insulation.
•    U-PVC windows are excellent for sound insulation, especially in the growing urban regions.
•    uPVC WINDOWS – THE ENERGY EFFICIENT SOLUTION
•    uPVC windows can dramatically improve the energy efficiency for your home.

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•    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.
•    Australian windows are rated for energy efficiency by the Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS). In Australia, uPVC windows consistently rate among the highest performers under the WERS and significantly outperform most aluminium windows.
•    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 Australia’s greenhouse emissions and lower your energy bills!
•    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).

Triple Glazing at a library in Seattle USA

Triple Glazing at a library in Seattle USA

•    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.
•    uPVC has inherent flame retardancy properties.
•    uPVC window profiles do not support combustion and are in fact self-extinguishing once a flame source is removed.
•    One of the few homes to have survived the 2009 Marysville bushfire in Victoria, had uPVC windows, and PVC was extensively used in other parts of the home. The vinyl weatherboards and window frames escaped any significant damage and protected the house from ember attack to the interior.
•    uPVC window frames have been developed and tested specifically to meet construction requirements for designated Bushfire Attack Levels (BAL) within Australian Standards for Construction in Bushfire Prone Areas (AS 3959:2009).
•    uPVC windows with metal reinforcing are permitted in zones classified as up to BAL-29 (where the number represents the heat flux in kW m2) risk. Some uPVC window systems have been independently tested and comply with AS 1530.8.1 which permits their use in zones BAL-40 and above.
•    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.
•    Australian windows are rated for energy efficiency by the Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS). In Australia, uPVC windows consistently rate among the highest performers under the WERS and significantly outperform most aluminium windows.
•    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 Australia’s greenhouse emissions and lower your energy bills!

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