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
  • Long-lasting 
  • Extremely durable material
  • Recyclable 

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.

If you’re looking for high-quality uPVC windows in Hertfordshire, get in touch and a member of our friendly team will assist you, you can also  request an online quote today. 

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Hullsky75 HullHullsky75 Hull
18:23 20 Jan 22
From the first moment when Arthur came round to advise, measure-up and quote for the job we felt we were in good hands. And his team of installers provided the best service. I always think that the best test is if something needs further attention and in this case they returned promptly to fix a small issue and nothing was too much trouble. Our new doors have transformed the back of our house and we highly recommend this company for work of the highest quality. Thank you Arthur and team!
Debbie GilbertDebbie Gilbert
15:01 14 Jan 22
They have fitted a new back door, front door and front room and kitchen window. Great service, price and quality. We are very happy!
Cat KienwaldCat Kienwald
19:14 08 Jan 22
We got our back and front doors replaced by E&A Windows and we couldn't be happier with the job they did. Erez was so helpful as took the time to come to our home to give us a quote, explaining all our options thoroughly and clearly without being pressuring in the slightest. The quality of both doors was fantastic and Adrian’s installation was fast and completed to a very high standard. He was also very helpful. We would highly recommend E&A Windows and will definitely use them again for any future double glazing needs. Thanks so much!
James NymanJames Nyman
22:48 04 Nov 21
Very professional service! During my initial consultation, I was fortunate enough to deal with the owner of the company. He visited my property and spent a few hours talking me through design options and his recommendations. His recommendations were very insightful and ensured my build looked elegant and modern while retaining the functionality required for an active family of 4. The build process was equally professional with the construction team arriving when they said, treating my property with respect and cleaning up after they finished each day...something not often done by today's tradesmen. I've recommend this company to my parents.
Sammy lakhaniSammy lakhani
09:11 01 Oct 21
I have just had new windows installed by E&A Windows and I must say I was very impressed. Arthur the owner of the company was so helpful and supportive throughout the process. I don't know much about windows so was skeptical at first, but I felt at ease very quickly. The guys who came to fit the windows (John, Christie and Peter) were absolute legends. They were extremely friendly and so so helpful, and the respect they gave me, my elderly parents and our home was exceptional. They took care of our home as if it was their own. I have never come across such professionals, not only did they do a fantastic job , but they went well beyond, seemed like nothing was impossible. They were with us only for 3 days but my parents were actually sad to see them go. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to fit new windows.