There are many benefits of PVCu windows and doors. Here are 15 reasons why you should consider having them fitted.
Installing new or replacement windows and doors is a big investment but the overall price can be reduced by choosing PVCu windows and doors over other alternatives.
Yes, that's right. Despite looking expensive, in general, PVCu windows and doors cost less than their timber and aluminium counterparts. That's why PVCu dominates the double glazing world.
For the budget-conscious homeowner, PVCu makes perfect economic sense.
Driving rain, scorching sun and freezing conditions will have no effect on your PVCu windows and doors. They won't fade, buckle, warp or rot.
Weather, damp and pollution resistant, PVCu products last a lot longer than other window and door materials.
One of the greatest benefits of PVCu windows and doors is that they are virtually maintenance-free.
Grab a soapy cloth and give them a wipe over occasionally. They'll come up like new. Say goodbye to faking paint and cracking wood. Put away the ladders, no regular timber treatment or painting needed now. What a relief.
The style of your doors and windows can dramatically change the look of your property, so it's hardly surprising that homeowners take time choosing the right windows and doors for their home.
Forget boring, there is a range of exciting designs from ultra-modern and quirky to rustic and charming. Grand Designs here we come!
Window options include Casement, Tilt and Turn, French, Vertical Sliding, Bay and Bow.
PVCu doors also come in a range of designs including Residential, Multi folding, French, Composite, Panelled, Patio-Sliding, Stable.
Whatever sort of home you gave, you'll find the perfect PVCu windows and doors.
White, white and more white. That was the criticism levelled at PVCu house products. But that was then and this is now. Today PVCu now comes in a fantastic array of colours and textures to suit all tastes.
Choose from shades of cream, misty blues and soft greens or the more stately and elegant anthracite grey and black.
The wood textures in oak and rosewood are so realistic you wouldn't know that they weren't timber frames. A great choice for older, period properties.
While most people buy PVCu windows and doors because they look great and improve the appearance of their home, another benefit is increased security.
Old fashioned single glazed windows in wooden frames provide the would-be-intruder with several weak points to exploit. Usually, the glass can be smashed much more easily than double glazed windows. Wooden frames, especially if old and poorly maintained, can be prised open will little effort.
PVCu windows and doors are much harder to smash or jemmy open. Tight seals, robust PVCu frames and in-built security features make the intruders life much harder.
Inefficient single glazed windows and poorly fitted doors can account for up to 20% of a property's total heat loss.
Turn your home into a cosy, haven. Banish draughts, cold spots and annual visits from Jack Frost with replacement PVCu doors and sealed unit double glazed windows.
If we want to reduce our carbon footprint and heating bill, we need to make sure that our homes are as energy-efficient as possible.
Investing in new or replacement windows and doors will help our properties retain heat for longer thereby lowering the time our heating needs to be on. A more energy-efficient home equals lower heating bills and carbon emissions. It's a win-win situation.
The ignition point of PVCu is 150 degree Celsius. Considerably higher than timber. Moreover, if a fire does take hold, rigid PVC will self -extinguish, rather than continue to burn and spread, when the heat source is removed. Also, PVC, when ignited, never produces chlorine gas.
To conform with building regulations, PVCu windows and doors must be made from fire-rated materials and adhere to fire safety protocol. This states that In the event of a fire, the material must keep the primary route open for 30 minutes.
We want our homes to be a little sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. But busy roads, trains, workman, aircraft and noisy neighbours can shatter our peace
But there is a solution, PVCu windows now come with enhanced glazing option aimed at reducing noise in your home.
Homebuyers now see double glazing and secure doors are a must and not an option.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) are now required for all homes. Alongside insulation and heating systems, double glazing contributes to the overall score.
When you come to sell your property, if it still has old, single glazed windows and doors, offers are likely to reflect this. Potential buyers will be factoring in the cost of replacing all the windows and doors. They don't want to be buying a draughty home that requires lots of work.
Although it depends on the sort of home you have, it is estimated that new doors and windows can add 10% to your home's value.
Whilst lower bills, reduced carbon emissions, added value etc are all well and good, for most of us having a great looking property is what we really want. A home to be proud of, whether it's a forever home or one soon to be put on the market for sale.
A tired looking facade with peeling door paint and rotting window frames makes a house look unloved and uninviting.
New PVCu windows and doors will totally transform the look of your house. Choose from a wide range of styles and colours to give your home real kerb appeal (and neighbour envy).
There's nothing that wood-boring insects like more than old timber. What a feast - munching and chewing, turning your old wooden frames to dust in no time at all.
The good news is that new PVCu signals that the café is closed. It is totally impervious to insect and pest attack.
Condensation forms when warm, moist air touches a cold surface such as glass. The air can't keep hold of the moisture so water droplets form. This can lead to damp and mould.
Replace single glazed windows and doors with new PVCu ones and say goodbye to unsightly black sills and door frames. Double glazing teamed with good loft insulation and draft proofing will reduce the heat loss. This keeps surface temperatures warmer thus preventing condensation forming.
Unlike some other type of window and door materials, PVCu can re recycled up to 10 times. This has been happening to end-of-life PVCu for the last 30 years throughout the UK and Europe.
If you are considering new or replacement PVCu windows, doors and conservatories, contact ABS Home Improvements today for honest reliable advice.
Our attractive range gives high performance, are energy efficient, will last a lifetime and are beautiful to look at.