What are uPVC windows and how are they made?
What is uPVC?
Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride or uPVC for short is a type of plastic used in a wide range of products from clothes right through to dental equipment. Due to its strong and rigid nature, it has been the go-to material for window frames for years and has become a standard across properties in the UK. Regular polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is not suitable for window frames due to it being softened and made more flexible with the addition of plasticisers. Unlike PVC, there are no plasticisers added which gives it its firm texture.
One of the great things about uPVC besides its excellent performance and durability, it is completely recyclable. uPVC can be recycled up to 10 times without affecting its quality. Majestic Designs recycle all of the old uPVC frames that we replace to help protect the environment.
How are uPVC windows made?
Here at Majestic Designs, every window we make goes through a specific design process at our state of the art factories in Somerset. Designed and manufactured to your personal specification, all of our uPVC windows are bespoke meaning no two windows are the same.
The process begins by moulding molten uPVC. Moulton is the liquid state of a material, in this case, uPVC, which has been liquefied by heat. Once liquefied it is then shaped and cooled immediately to ensure it maintains its new structure.
From here the uPVC is then cut to size determined by the specifications and measurements we would have taken of your property. Once we have cut everything to its specified size and shape, we fusion weld all the individual parts together to create your window frame. Before we add the glass the uPVC frame must be sealed to ensure a secure and tight fit.
When you choose windows such as Georgian uPVC Windows, aesthetics such as bars are installed in between glazing. Resulting in an authentic design whilst remaining virtually maintenance-free.
What are the benefits of uPVC windows?
uPVC windows have become the go-to material for many homes in the UK and for good reason, they have a wide range of benefits. They are excellent at keeping the heat in as they are extremely thermally efficient. uPVC windows are non-conductive meaning they don’t transfer temperatures outside to inside and vice versa. Metal frames are prone to losing heat for this exact reason. At Majestic Designs, our Duraflex 70mm 5 chambered profile, combined with the highest energy rated glass, results in our full window systems providing an A+14 energy rating as standard. Keeping your home more energy efficient all year round.
uPVC windows are also extremely low-maintenance. They will not require much upkeep and when they do have a slight build-up of dirt, warm soapy water is all you will need to keep your frames bright and your windows clean. There is also no risk of your frames rotting or rusting.
One of the most important benefits of uPVC is the fact it’s highly durable, even in the harshest of weathers. The UK is prone to inconsistent weather but uPVC windows will perform to the highest of standards all year round.
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All of our uPVC windows are manufactured at our Cheddar factories using some of the most advanced machinery in the industry. We want all of our customers to have confidence in our product, that’s why all of our uPVC windows are accredited by the British Board of Agrément (BBA). Meaning they have been through an extremely thorough inspection process.
If you would like to speak with a member of our team about our uPVC windows, get in touch with us today. At our stylish showroom in Cheddar, Somerset you also have the opportunity to see a sample of our work before you make any buying decision.