The best windows keep your home comfortable and dry. Windows allow natural night to fill your rooms during the day and let air in to keep it fresh and dry. you can customize any window to suit your changing tastes and needs. The right style will help you define the style of your house. There are many materials to choose from when deciding to construct or replace your windows.
What are uPVC windows?
uPVC is an abbreviation that pertains to the material that is mainly used for vinyl windows. It stands for polyvinyl or vinyl. The components are made of different chemicals to make Polyvinyl Chloride. This is the third most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer. It is widely used in construction for pipes and profile application such as windows and doors. For the reason that it is Lighter than most materials and is easily wielded.
What are the advantages of using PVC windows?
Because of this materials low thermal conductivity it helps with being energy efficient. Good
windows can lower your energy bills by 12 % It keep the house cooler or warmer for longer
periods and requires less energy to retain air conditioning. Vinyl is currently the most popular of all materials to use for windows. Followed by wood, fiberglass, and aluminum. They are typically the least expensive and do not need to be painted or stained. There are a lot of problems other materials face that you will not have to worry about when using PVC. Such as rotting that is
common with wood. Corroding, warping, and rattling typical with aluminum. Making it a low maintenance product.
What are the disadvantages of using uPVC windows?
They are fire resistant but not fireproof. Too much heat can rupture the frame. House fires
would cause Vinyl to burn and emit toxic fumes. During repairs, disassembling them to carry out work is tedious and difficult. Repairs and maintenance requires specialist knowledge and Individual parts are difficult to replace. The life expectancy of this product is 10-15 years. Which is the warranty most companies will give you. Aesthetic appeal is very basic and are not as attractive as wood windows. Most of them come in white and there are also fewer hardware options.
Guide for installation
Even the best windows will have substandard performance if they are installed poorly. Look for certified window Installers. They should have the knowledge about the specifics of the products such as Window brand, number of windows, size and type, Plus any add on feature. Installation details should be noted and Labor and material cost should be broken down.
To ensure a trouble free successful installation, determine that the structural opening and surrounding areas are in a good state of repair. Examine the brickwork around the opening for any defects. Check if there are any provisions that need to be made for lines and cables such as internet and phones. Consult contractors, qualified surveyor or fitter beforehand if you are not sure.
Evaluate and learn about the details of your window. Know the model, style, handling size and any other details necessary before placing your order. Make sure you have the correct size and measurements for the manufacturer. In addition to materials, window variables include The frame, Sill, number of panes, Jambs, type of hinge, nailing flange (this attaches the window to the outside wall around the opening) how they operate and its ventilation rate. The more you know, the better you can make the informed choice.
Replacing a window
Before a window is removed, check the opening sizes and remember any replacement /new window should approximately be 10mm smaller in height and width than the cement or brick opening. Ensure that it is clean and clear around the window so remove any interior accessories and furnishing that might get damaged or get in the way of the work. If your existing frames and sills are still sound and square, you'll save on costs on materials and labor by using partial replacement units. This is also known as pocket replacements that fit into existing frames.
Always remember to wear the proper protective and safety gear like heavy duty gloves and goggles when working. Before removing the existing frames, check that the replacement size is the same as the existing window frames. Once you have made sure that all the dimensions and measurements are in order then you can proceed to carefully remove the existing window. The less mess you make, the less work you will have to do later on. Try to remove as much glazing as possible because this will make the task more manageable and easier to handle due to less weight.
For fitting the new frame. Remove any packaging from the new frame and screw the sill to the bottom of the frame. Make sure you select a screw that will not penetrate the inner skin of the frame. Seal the ends of the sill and the frame assembly to prevent moisture. Position the new frame into the aperture. Keep it centered and insert packers underneath to level it. Check that the frame is both level and plumb. Drill fixing holes into the frame sides. Align the side of the frame to the side of the wall. Do not over tighten the fixings. Fix the top and bottom of the frames, this will help prevent deflection in windy conditions. Ensure that the holes drilled at the bottom of the frames are sealed with silicon to prevent moisture. Clean any brick dust or debris from the frame and surrounding areas. Finishing off, apply a smooth bead of silicon sealant between the frame and brick work.