ARE UPVC WINDOWS DOUBLE GLAZED?
At the start of your double glazing journey, it’s common to come across a number of different terms such as uPVC, double glazing and insulation. We are here to help you understand these essential terms, ensuring you make the best choice for your home or build. In this article we will break down the basics of what uPVC and double glazing are, how they work and why together they are the better choice for your windows!
What is uPVC?
uPVC is also known as unplasticized polyvinyl chloride. The durability of uPVC makes it the ideal product for framing double glazed windows and doors. Unlike aluminium or timber alternatives, uPVC doesn’t flex at all over time. The rigid and reliable nature of uPVC saves customers time and money in the long-run, as the need for maintenance and replacements is greatly reduced.
uPVC has a number of other uses, and the growing popularity of uPVC over the years has seen builders and designers alike rely on it for window frames, window sills, cladding and more!
What is Double Glazing?
Double glazed windows are different from standard windows as they use two panes of glass instead of one. These two panes together create an insulated glass unit (IGU) which includes the layer of air or gas between the two panes. To create the highest level of energy efficiency and insulation, this space between the glass should be at least 10mm wide. Double glazing is most effective when gas is used between the panes, as it increases the thermal and noise-cancelling properties of your window.
Are uPVC Windows Double Glazed?
The short answer is yes, in most cases uPVC framing is paired with double glazing windows. However, double glazed windows don’t always come with uPVC framing. It is best to do as much research as possible before making your uPVC or double glazing purchase, as you may end up with uPVC windows that aren’t double glazed, or windows that come without uPVC framing.
The benefit of uPVC framing on Double Glazed Windows
Now that we understand what uPVC and double glazing is, and what it can be used for, it’s best to understand the benefits of using uPVC with your double glazed windows. From keeping your windows and doors air and watertight, to providing impressive noise reduction and insulation, it is easy to understand why so many home owners choose uPVC windows and doors. uPVC also adds to the security of your home, creating a window frame that is harder to break into.
When combined with the insulating, energy saving properties of double glazing, uPVC double glazed windows offer a sustainable, energy efficient window option for homeowners and builders alike.
Benefits of uPVC Double Glazing Windows for your home
There is no doubt that when combined, uPVC and double glazing provide a myriad of benefits year round. We have compiled the main benefits to uPVC double glazed windows below:
uPVC Saves you Time and Money
uPVC windows are an energy efficient window solution, the insulation of which helps to reduce the cost of your energy bills year round. Once installed, it’s easy to notice the difference as uPVC helps keep you cool in summer and warm in winter, with little energy output. This means your cooling or heating won’t need to be on half as often to create the same level of comfort!
The durability of uPVC means that your uPVC framing is long-lasting. As a result you won’t need replacement windows or repairs for many years. uPVC is also very easy to maintain, especially in comparison to it’s alternative framing options. All you need to do is wipe them down with warm, soapy water every so often – no need for staining or other processes! This means more time, and money, to spend on the things that matter most to you.
Good for the Environment
uPVC is a sustainable product for your next build or home upgrade. Not only is uPVC a long-lasting product, the energy you save over the course of its lifetime has a considerable impact on the environment. It is also fully recyclable! By helping you to converse energy, and lasting for so many years, uPVC helps you make positive choices for the planet.
Australian uPVC Double Glazing Windows
Thermotek Windows & Doors understand the unique conditions Australian home owners face. Due to the harsh, sometimes extreme, climate conditions across the country, the exterior of your home is often put under stress. We offer uPVC with higher levels of UV stabiliser to combat this. The higher levels of UV stabiliser prevent the uPVC framing from fading over time, no matter where you are in Australia.
When purchasing double glazing products, it is important to know where they were made. uPVC made overseas is not as durable, and often cannot hold up to the necessary standards suitable for Australian conditions. Because of this, the life of your windows is potentially shortened. Australian made uPVC double glazed windows and doors are the best option, to ensure you reap all the benefits they provide.
uPVC Double Glazing with Thermotek Windows & Doors
At Thermotek, we believe in offering the highest quality products. No matter the size of your project, uPVC double glazing is the perfect solution to provide a stylish, energy efficient window solution. From new builds, to renovations, there are many benefits to uPVC available in a range of styles.
Thermotek Windows & Doors are a leading double-glazing manufacturer. All our products are Australian made for the Australian climate. We pride ourselves on providing a positive experience from start to finish, and helping Australian’s live sustainability and comfortably.
Contact us today to start your uPVC, double glazing journey!