If you grew up in a traditional home that used a lot of wood then you will probably hold a deep respect for heavy panelling and the soft gloss of real wood. As a compromise between price and beauty, why not opt for uPVC doors and windows – the elegance of wood at a fraction of the cost.
In a manner of speaking uPVC is to wood as zirconium is to real diamonds. uPVC can be processed to look like real wood with the same strength and durability.
uPVC doors and windows are popular in Ireland, England and the United States for the following reasons:
- Their high impact strength
- Their relatively lower cost
- They are sustainable and recyclable
- They are beautiful and stylish with standard-sized holes for locks and knobs
- They are versatile
- They have a wide variety of finishes
- They are energy-saving and heat-reflective
Furthermore, unlike wooden or metal doors, windows and framing, construction materials made from uPVC are:
- Termite resistant
- Moisture (warp) resistant and
- Low maintenance.
In times gone by householders used to have problems with wood that swells and retains water whenever it rains hard. Those days are over as uPVC doors and windows resist moisture and are easy to clean. The finish is durable and resistant to fading and best of all, there are a lot of colours and finishes to choose from that can blend easily with your chosen architectural style.
Other reasons to choose uPVC doors and windows include:
uPVC has wonderful insulating properties that keep the heat inside during cold weather and outside when the weather is hot. It minimizes energy cost with some studies reporting a 30% reduction in power consumption, especially when less air-conditioning is used.
uPVC is easy to measure because it does not swell and the dimensions are standard. This quality makes it a popular choice for housing communities in Ireland, the United States and England. You can easily measure the size you need by taking precise but easy measurements of the existing door for replacement:
- Take three measurements across from the top, middle and bottom. The smallest of these measurements is called the width.
In a similar fashion, take the measurement for the height vertically from the left border, middle and right border. The smallest measurement is called the height.
Aside from glossy, matt and wood grain finishes, uPVC doors and windows come in a variety of colors like white, cherry and mahogany. It can also come with embellishments and acrylic or glass inserts.
Any fears you might have over security are also unfounded. With uPVC doors and windows there is hardly any off-gas and the locks are secure and not easily jimmied.