What’s The Difference Between PVC and uPVC Windows?

As window installers in Northamptonshire, we’re often asked about the difference between PVC and uPVC. Both are types of vinyl widely used in the construction industry. Both are flexible, versatile, and hard-wearing. But only uPVC can be used for windows and doors. So, what’s the difference? Read on to find out.   

Properties of PVC

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is often used to make siding and fencing. However, it’s completely banned in the use of toy products in the EU and US due to its toxicity. 

PVC contains phthalates and BPA, chemical compounds that give PVC its flexibility. If PVC is exposed to high temperatures, it emits toxic fumes that are harmful to our health and the environment. Even so, it’s still used in the construction industry. 

However, because of its flexibility, PVC is very porous, making it difficult to remove stains and maintain. For this reason, it’s not used to make windows or doors. 

Properties of uPVC 

uPVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride) doesn’t contain phthalates or BPA, making it a much safer product for us and the environment. It still has all the benefits of vinyl, but it’s much more hard-wearing than PVC and requires almost zero maintenance. 

It’s widely used in the window and door industry because of its high thermal efficiency and durability. 

If you’re thinking about getting new windows and doors but you’re unsure if uPVC is the right option, there are some benefits to consider:

  • Less porous, meaning almost no maintenance.
  • High energy efficiency, so will reduce your energy bills.
  • Highly durable and will last for decades. 
  • High impact resistance, so less prone to chips and scratches. 
  • Vivid colour options that maintain their brightness. 
  • Recyclable material, so better for the environment. 

Our uPVC Windows and Doors

At Park Windows, Doors, and Conservatories, we only use the highest quality uPVC windows and doors on all of our projects. None of our products contains harmful phthalates or BPA, so you can be sure you’re investing in a safe, long-lasting solution for your home. 

We have an extensive range of colour options to suit any style of home and have excellent energy efficiency ratings for all of our windows and doors. 

We are also proud to offer cost-effective prices for our clients throughout Northamptonshire. So, if you’re looking for quality windows and doors to upgrade your home now and for years to come, we have the best solutions for you. 

Talk to the window experts 

As you can see, there is a big difference between PVC and uPVC. But if you’re still wondering if uPVC is the right choice for your windows and doors, why not call our team today? We can give you any information you need and arrange a no-obligation quote for new windows or doors for your property. 

Alternatively, come to our showroom to talk to a window expert and see our range of products for yourself.