What is uPVC?

If you are looking into building materials you've probably heard of but not know exactly what uPVC is?

We thought we would demystify uPVC and tell you everything you need to know.

It actually stands for Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride, bit of a mouthful if you ask us! It is commonly referenced (for obvious reasons) as uPVC.

uPVC is also referred to as rigid uPVC because it is hard and does not flex. It doesn't contain any phthalates or BPA, so it is actually quite safe.

uPVC is stable and safe and is also used to make mouth guards and dental retainers!

What are the uses for uPVC?

It is becoming very popular in the building and construction markets and it is used to manufacture the following:

  • Windows frames and sills.
  • Fascias
  • Doors
  • Cladding
  • And various types of plumbing, including downpipes and guttering for example.

Advantages of uPVC

There are many advantages to using uPVC in your home or workplace. Firstly it is a very safe material and because of this can be used to transport water, or other items that are designed to be ingested by us humans.

It is also one of the lowest maintenance building materials that you will ever find. It doesn't warp, rot or rust even when subjected to very harsh weather conditions.

If it gets scratched you can usually polish the scratch out and all you have to do is to give it a clean every now and again.

uPVC is completely water resistant and is also fire retardant. It is also lightweight, durable, easy to work with and cost effective.

It is aesthetically appealing material and it can also come in a painted timber look to blend into more natural, rural settings.

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