In construction, there are many different materials that are being used, all with their individual properties and benefits.
uPVC – Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride, and PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride, are both types of vinyl which are commonly used in the construction industry but for very different purposes.
So, what is the difference between the two?
Whereas uPVC is used in windows, doors and cladding manufacturing, PVC is used for things like fencing and siding. This is because PVC contains toxic compounds and therefore, isn’t suitable for window and door construction.
Let’s take a closer at these two building materials and their different benefits.
PVC in detail
Containing phthalates and BPA, which are both toxic, PVC can be harmful. It also requires extra maintenance over time to keep it in optimum condition, which makes PVC unsuitable for windows and doors.
Not only can the toxicity of PVC affect our health but can also be damaging to the environment. When exposed to higher temperatures, PVC releases toxic fumes into the air which, if inhaled, can cause damage to numerous organs.
Benefits of PVC
- Extremely flexible
- Low cost
- Resistant to weathering, rotting and corrosion
- Enhanced durability
- Easy to install
uPVC in detail
As the name states, uPVC is unplasticised and, therefore, unlike PVC, is safe for the environment and our health. However, uPVC doesn’t compromise on its robustness and is still a durable material.
Due to its strength and thermal efficiency, uPVC is commonly used material in window and door construction
Benefits of uPVC
- Low maintenance
- High thermal efficiency
- Extremely durable material
Our uPVC windows and doors
As you can see, although similar in name, uPVC and PVC are used for very different reasons.
Whereas previously PVC may have been used for windows and doors,, uPVC is now the standard.