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A Brief History of uPVC Window Frames

If you’ve looked into upgrading, adapting or renovating your property, you might have heard of the acronym “uPVC”. uPVC stands for “unplasticised polyvinyl chloride”, and is different from regular PVC by being a more rigid, less bendable material – hence “unplasticised”. Due to its versatility and stability, uPVC has multiple uses. It is so trusted that it is even used regularly in dentistry. A very popular and effective purpose for the material is in the manufacturing of window frames. The Restoration Group – specialists in the spray painting of uPVC window and uPVC doors – have worked with this material for many years. Here is a brief history of uPVC, told by experts.

Common use of uPVC for windows began in the late 1980s and early 1990s. PVC had existed for centuries before that, having been discovered independently in the 19th century by two separate chemists – Henri Victor Reginault and Eugen Baumann – accidentally each time. The material was then perfected and made malleable – and therefore more marketable – through use of a plastication process discovered by Waldo Semon in 1926. It was later discovered that PVC could be made more sturdy and rigid by then being unplasticised.

The first uPVC windows began to appear in the 1960s, and then the rise of double glazing took the world by storm. The perfect partnership of uPVC and double glazing arose just a little later. The issues of ill-fitting, draughty windows that compromised a building’s security were solved by this superbly malleable, mouldable material, and these facets also vastly increased the possible options when it came to design. As the appearance of traditional timber frames came back into vogue in around 2010, it was discovered that uPVC could be easily shaped and coloured, even treated with a grained finish, to meet the demands of this trend. The minute detail that modern manufacturing can achieve has given rise to the “Timber Alternative Window” – a product allowing for all the advanced benefits of uPVC alongside a traditional, natural look.

Another benefit of uPVC is its versatility in terms of renovation and redesign. Many property owners feel that, in order to upgrade a building aesthetically, its windows and doors ought to be replaced. However, because uPVC can easily be re-painted or sprayed to create a totally new look, this is no longer a necessity. The stress, complications and expense involved in fitting brand new windows can be completely circumvented.

If you’ve been considering replacing your effective uPVC window or door frames simply for cosmetic purposes, it may prove more affordable, and equally as effective, to simply repaint them instead – resulting in a striking new look for your property. The Restoration Group provides this option, along with conservatory painting, commercial services and much more. Simply get in touch on 0161 327 0482 or fill in a contact form on their website for a quick quote today, and their team of friendly and knowledgeable specialists will be more than happy to help you.

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