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Replacement uPVC Windows – Prices, Benefits & Styles

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If your windows are looking old and starting to let the cold in a bit more than they should, then you’ll be wanting to get some replacement windows.

In 2017 the best material for your new window frames is still very much un-plasticised PolyVinyl Chloride or uPVC windows.

The use of uPVC as a replacement for your windows has proven to be the most widely recommended material used by double glazing companies and the most common material chosen by UK homeowners.

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So why are uPVC windows still the best way to go when looking for windows quotes? Well, the main thing is cost – uPVC is still a cheaper material, surpassing aluminium and timber-frame windows as the material of choice. uPVC window frames also have a galvanised steel core, which gives the material incredible strength.

But what other benefits might uPVC have over it’s counterparts?

4 Benefits of uPVC Window Installation

1. Durability – uPVC is the most durable of the materials available. Wood can rot and start to warp over time and aluminium may pick up rust. uPVC window frames are storm proof and weather proof as the damp cannot penetrate the surface of these frames it is also non- corrosive so it will neither rust or rot and the frames will not let the cold and damp into your home.

2. Security – due to its resilience and robustness, uPVC is very reliable and trustworthy when it comes to security. Their frames are constructed to the utmost hardness making it extremely difficult to break through or damage. Aluminium is similarly if not more secure, however, and is considered to be almost totally burglar proof due to its strength. But uPVC is not far behind and much cheaper than Aluminium.

3. Insulation – uPVC double glazed windows have high insulation properties. With double glazing, the vacuum between the panes prevents the cold air and draughts from entering your home and the warm air and heat from escaping.   As the windows are insulated you will also have fewer problems with outside noise coming in.

4. Colour – one of the biggest shortcomings of uPVC was in its aesthetic appeal – the white plastic look is far from attractive and some consider uPVC frames to look unstylish or plain when compared to timber and aluminium. Today, uPVC windows come in a range of colours – if you prefer a wood grain finish or even want your windows to look like traditional hardwood frames this can be done but at a cost.

Types of uPVC windows

With uPVC there is a wide range of window types available to you to suit your property and budget. From the popular casement windows to the easier to clean tilt and turn. uPVC sash windows are also available retaining the traditional charm of your home but with modern insulation, security and durability features offered by uPVC.

Cost of uPVC windows

By far the most appealing factor of uPVC windows is the cost coming in considerably cheaper than timber and aluminium counterparts – although costs do vary enormously depending on the number of openings, the finish, and security features. Broadly for a one off house the price can range, for supply and fit, from £5,000 – £12,000.

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