You might have heard of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), a common, pliable variety of plastic found in almost everything. But, are you familiar with PVC’s rigid and durable counterpart: Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride (uPVC)? uPVC is harder than PVC, making it the best option for window frames as regular windows cannot match the noise-cancellation, high insulation, weather-resistant properties of uPVC windows.
What is uPVC?
uPVC is a low-maintenance material used instead of painted wood in window frames during the installation of double glazing in new buildings or replacing older single glazed windows.
uPVC windows stand-out from the rest in terms of performance and durability as they are long-lasting and need very little maintenance, making them the perfect choice for windows. It is popularly known for its sound insulation, thermal efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. uPVC window frames have a galvanized steel core that avoids warping, rot, and rust which commonly affects other window materials.
Why are uPVC Window Frames Favored by Homeowners?
So, what’s the hype about uPVC windows? What makes uPVC the ideal material for window frames? uPVC is very popular among homeowners because of the benefits that it offers as listed below:
- Low Maintenance: uPVC does not rot, peel, flake, or corrode even after using for a long period of time. To maintain the freshness of uPVC windows, you just have to dip a clean cloth in a solution of household cleaner and water and wipe it gently. So uPVC window frames that require low-maintenance are a great advantage for homes, offices, and commercial buildings.
- Thermal and Acoustic-Insulation: uPVC windows when used together with double-glazed glass, gives excellent thermal insulation. They are also capable of keeping your home warmer during the winters and cooler during the summers. They can insulate against outside noise. Therefore, uPVC windows with double-glazed glass become an essential addition to a home.
- Energy-Efficient and Eco-Friendly: Low-Emissivity glass panes sealed with special silicone sealants in uPVC windows develops an energy-saving zone. This maintains an ideal indoor temperature, eliminating the use of heating and cooling systems while reducing your energy bills. uPVC windows are also environment-friendly as they are intrinsically non-toxic.
- Durable: Since uPVC is a highly durable, weather-resistant, termite-proof, and dust-proof material, uPVC enables the construction of windows that last longer. uPVC windows also act as a powerful shield against harmful UV rays.
- Provides Security: uPVC windows always come with a multi-point locking system that highly secures a home. Additionally, they have galvanized steel cores that add another protection layer making them impossible to break.
Why uPVC Windows Are Popular
The key element of uPVC windows is their supreme quality. uPVC window’s ability to cancel outside noise, high insulation, resistance to weather, and compatibility with various design styles outstands them from regular windows.
How to Fix Small uPVC Window Frame Issues Yourself?
- Before you start with any repair to uPVC window frames, start with determining how much uPVC you might require. If you notice a hole in one window, it is always advisable to examine the rest of your windows and get all holes taken care of at once.
- Measure each hole using a tape measure and note down the measurements. Then, add all required repairs together to decide on how much uPVC is required.
- Once you have all the materials in place, you can begin with your window frame repair. It is best to begin in the evening, as adhesives require one complete day to dry and direct sunlight can cause warping. If that is not possible, then you can position a sunshade over the window to avoid direct sunlight from hitting the window.
How to Repair a Hole in a uPVC Window Frame
Holes in window frames are a common household occurrence that may be due to several factors. Repairing small holes in these surfaces is easy with common household tools, speckling, and gap fillers. After completing the repairs, apply color-matched paint to conceal the repairs. Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride (uPVC) window frames tend to be quite durable. However, if they do develop holes, the uPVC window frames can be repaired with PVC gap filler, which comes in resin or powder form.
DISCLAIMER: If you are unsure of any the above steps, please consult a professional as the steps can vary from situation to situation. ZebraBlinds is not responsible for any damage caused through DIY methods.
- Run your finger over the holes in the uPVC window frame to check for rough edges. Then, sand down any sharp edges with 120 or 150 medium-grit sandpaper.
- Outline the hole with a marker and cut it away carefully with a razor blade. Ensure that you don’t cut deeper into the frame than the vinyl.
- Again, measure the area to be repaired. Cut two patches with one slightly longer than the repair area and the other that fits the space exactly.
- Insert the longer patch inside the hole and, then wearing the gloves, use the PVC gap filler to secure it in place on the inside of the hole. The gap filler should be applied to the outside face of the interior patch as well.
- Now, firmly press down the exact match patch using the included tool. Seal the edges with more gap filler and wipe away any excess using the tool.
- Let it dry for 24 hours.
- Carefully scrape any excess gap filler away using a razor blade. Sand smooth.
- Buff any visual signs of the hole and excess gap filler away using a scratch remover compound. Polish and clean.
Like any exterior element of a home, uPVC windows are also susceptible to damage from hail, windstorms, or human error. While some damages might require the entire window to be replaced, it is always best to consider if it can be repaired first.
Can uPVC windows be repaired? Yes! It is possible to repair most damage to uPVC window frames and some repairs are so simple that we can do them all by ourselves. Common problems that require repair include cracks/holes in window frames and broken window seals. These issues may arise naturally as your house settles from weather or if you happen to accidentally hit the window from the inside/outside. Rectifying these issues will enhance the energy efficiency and insulation of your house.