The beauty of wood has always been impossible to duplicate, until the use of polyvinyl chloride was adapted to create products like upvc windows and doors. Today upvc french windows and upvc french doors are very difficult to distinguish from their wooden counterparts like wooden plantation shutters.
UPVC is a type of pvc which has many advantages over wood, cast iron, or steel. It works well with cement, and when color is applied it goes through the entire thickness of the material, meaning it will not peel. Other benefits include the ability to have scratches buffed out, immunity to corrosion from the elements, and equivalent or greater standards of noise reduction and strength.
The uses for upvc windows are unlimited, and are a practical solution to replacing windows in old buildings, as well as new installations. This material does not shrink and swell with changes in temperature, and is therefore less likely to warp over time but may not be good for fireplace doors. Because of the wide variety of finishes and faux grain patterns available, these frames are a good choice for a restoration.
When choosing a window for replacement or new construction, the following factors should be addressed:
-Security: Buy a model with a multiple point lock on it, which is more difficult to break into.
-Thermal Insulation: Good insulation means better temperature control inside, and prevents the window from getting too hot to touch. Dual pane or double glazed models an excellent example.
-Resistant to rot and pests: The clear choice in a region prone to pests like termites is upvc, and mildew resistance is an added bonus.
Versatile polyvinyl chloride can be used in other building features as well, and one of the more popular features are upvc French doors that have glasses with frosted window film. With the high cost of good doors, a synthetic, maintenance free material is a good decision.
Some builders or homeowners may still prefer a specific species of wood for their homes, but upvc windows offer a realistic looking substitute for wood without the maintenance wood requires over time.