Are white uPVC windows still popular?
White uPVC windows are currently used in over 80% of window installations across the UK, including replacement windows for existing homes and new windows for residential new-build housing developments. While this is a huge portion of a highly competitive market, it’s obvious that – yes – white uPVC windows are still popular, and its popularity is continuing – but why and for what reasons?
A brief history of white uPVC windows
White uPVC (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride) windows first became widespread across the UK in the early 1980s, taking over from early aluminium frames, and quickly became known as ‘white gold’ thanks to their increasing popularity.
This new uPVC phenomenon gave homeowners a new opportunity to replace their existing single-glazed, wooden-framed windows with hi-tech double-glazing and white uPVC frames for durability and energy-efficiency.
Though not cheap in those early days, more and more people still looked to get their share of this new home improvement, and the sight of white uPVC windows became more and more common. By the turn of the century, it’s been estimated that over three-quarters of all UK properties had had their original windows replaced with new, white uPVC windows.
Now, being well into the 21st century, their popularity is as high as ever and continues to rise, despite stiff competition from coloured and textured uPVC ranges and new, revamped aluminium alternatives. Though a standard colour, white uPVC continues to be the default choice for the majority of homeowners in their quest for a thermally and energy-efficient – and cost-effective – house.
Why white uPVC windows are still popular
So that’s the background, but what are the reasons behind why white uPVC windows are still popular? There seems to be a few key motivations behind making the choice and we’ve outlined the most popular ones here:
Modern home compatibility
Giving most modern homes a clean, fresh, and neutral appearance, white uPVC windows are an uncontroversial finish that won’t look out of place in almost any location. Unless you live in a period, heritage, or listed property, or in a conservation area, this popular colour won’t upset neighbours or councils and is a widespread, standard choice.
Wide choice of sizes, shapes, and styles
With today’s technology and innovations, the flexibility of the plastic-based material makes it easy to create white uPVC windows in a wide range of styles, shapes, and sizes to suit every home. Casement, sash, bow, or bay windows are easily catered for – even custom-made shapes and sizes for a truly personal finish.
Easy or low maintenance
One of the most enduring reasons for the popularity of white uPVC windows is that they’re easy to look after and require little or no ongoing maintenance – perfect for today’s hectic lifestyles. Frames and sills can easily be kept dirt-free when any window cleaning takes place and the stability and durability of uPVC means there’s no filling and repainting, so they look good all the time.
An affordable option
Any double glazing installation is a significant investment for any home. There are accessories and hardware you can add, as well as a choice of coloured uPVC frames or even aluminium frames. But while these can mean increasing your budget, standard white uPVC window frames will always be the most affordable option.
But even though white uPVC windows remain the most popular choice for UK homeowners, coloured windows have seen a significant and steady rise in popularity over recent years.
The rise of coloured uPVC windows
As in every area, modern technology for uPVC windows has moved on leaps and bounds over the decades. This has enabled us to use durable coloured foils to create a whole new range of uPVC windows so you can choose a window colour more suited to your property and taste, giving you many years of maintenance-free durability. And, if you choose a coloured uPVC there’s no fading, cracking, or peeling.
As a homeowner, you can now enjoy uPVC windows finished in a range of any 13 colours (as well as original white) including specific woodgrain effects and a variety of bold and vivid colours to make your home stand out from the crowd. And if your home is a period, heritage or listed property, there are specific colours, such as Chartwell Green to give added authenticity.
But your choice of colour isn’t just limited to the outside. Another popular choice for uPVC is dual coloured windows. Giving homeowners the ability to create a coloured window exterior with a neutral white interior or vice versa means dual coloured windows give you the best of both worlds, increasing the options of customisation and personality.
But while coloured and dual-coloured uPVC frames give you a wider selection of attractive, energy and thermally-efficient uPVC windows, it’s still white that remains as popular as ever.
Choose Majestic Designs
Regardless of your colour choice or style, at Majestic Designs, white uPVC windows are still our best selling product. But whatever style, size or colour you choose, all Majestic Designs uPVC windows are a cost-effective and energy-efficient way to future-proof your home while giving it both character and warmth.
Using the highest quality materials, state-of-the-art equipment and machinery, and our 17+ years of experience, all our uPVC windows, doors, and conservatories are manufactured on-site in our Cheddar factories, to your exact specifications. Every set of windows uses A+14 rated, energy-efficient double glazing to stop heat loss and features the highest level of multi-point locks in every init to give you ultimate security and peace of mind.
Plus, we have our own lead installation teams to give you a trouble-free, stress-free process from start to finish while making your home safer, warmer and more energy-efficient. Together with years of industry experience between them, each of our lead installers is MTC registered and TrustMark and FENSA accredited so you’re in totally safe hands.
If you live in Somerset and the time is right for you to replace your windows and doors, contact our Majestic Designs customer service team today. Call us on 01934 741 294 or send us a message online and we’ll get in touch with you.