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Is Drilling Into UPVC Window Frames OK?

Is Drilling Into UPVC Window Frames Ok?

What is UPVC?

PVC or Polyvinyl Chloride is one of the most multifunctional polymers that can be found in the world. uPVC is a form of material that is based off of this polymer and is one of the most desirable materials for domestic use in this era. The nature of the uPVC material makes it a viable candidate for usage in different areas of work which range from the average every day products to equipment that can save and protect lives.

uPVC stands for Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride. It is used most commonly, as material for framing doors and windows. uPVC has a reputation of good quality and low maintenance costs. It is also available in a multitude of color and designs to suit each house or apartment for its specific needs.

What Are The Advantages Of Having uPVC Doors and Windows?

  1. uPVC doors and window frames are cost-effective. The manufacturing costs of these frames are comparatively lower than the manufacturing cost of frames made out of timber or aluminium. Obviously, the selling cost varies amongst the sellers depending on other variables. But this implies that it will be easier to find a good deal for window and door frames or at least, those looking to buy uPVC frames will have a lot of options and will be able to choose the most cost-effective one without having to compromise on quality.
  2. The frames provide adequate insulation. They are very efficient in the repelling of rain water and not allowing them to seep into the house through the gaps in door frames and window frames. Moreover, they act as reliable insulators and provides for thermal protection.
  3. The durability of the frames is unparalleled. Aside from the cursory dusting and the cleaning of the frames with a wet cloth and chemicals (not really necessary), the frames do not require any effort or cost of maintenance. When compared to other prevalent material like timber, the uPVC frames do not rot or get damaged due to harsh weather conditions.
  4. uPVC window frames are long lasting. The insulation of the window frames will help in reducing the cost incurred by artificial heating. They are strong and robust. It adds as a decent addition to the home security of the owner.

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Is It Okay To Drill Holes Into uPVC Window Frames And Door Frames?

To answer this in a binary fashion, the answer is yes. It is permissible to drill into uPVC window and door frames. However, there are a set of reminders that one would have to keep in mind while going about the drilling process. A mishap can compromise the structural integrity of the frames itself. It is absolutely essential to be careful while drilling.

Now, the things to keep in mind aren’t general tips. They are specific to whether the material in question is an uPVC window frame or uPVC door frame. For instance, the things to keep in mind while drilling into a uPVC door frame is that firstly, a small pilot hole must be drilled. The screw that is recommended to be used is a self-tapping type of screw. Self-tapping screws are those that cave into their own holes as they are tightened in. It is also extremely important to not use a screw that is too long as it might cause some form of damage onto the other side of the door.

Similar to uPVC doors, uPVC windows also have reinforcements of steel inside them. The point of this is to make them sturdier and to give them that structural integrity that they are renowned for. It is possible to drill through the frames and the steel reinforcement if necessary. But it is always possible that it can compromise on the quality by damaging the frame and cause water seepage. It doesn’t happen too often, but the possibility always exists.  Before deciding to drill through the window frames, one must first assess the feasibility of drilling through the walls. Drilling through the walls is not a bad idea if the intention is to hang curtains or blinds. However, if that is not possible, the drilling through uPVC frames can help.

The first step is to ask the seller of the frames before buying them and enquiring the possibility of drilling into them. They are aware of the specific capabilities of each brand of uPVC frames and are in the right position to answer these queries

How Does One Install uPVC Windows?

  1. Finding the right uPVC frame – uPVC window frames can be sought at the conventional door and window supply shops. They can also be found at the local hardware stores and stores that sell furniture. The primary thing to remember is that while measuring the frame, it must be 0.4 inches narrower than the window opening. It cannot be the exact size of the opening or the hole in the wall as there needs to be some space to ease the installation. It is also important to note that there is not too much space or gap between the opening of the wall and the window frame.

With a frame that’s 0.4 inches narrower than the opening, there will be a gap of 0.2 inches on either end of the frame. The height of the frame however, should be the same as that of the gap in the wall.

  1. Fastening sill endcaps to the window frame – the endcaps are used to block the window frame gaps from any substance seeping in from outside. This can be anything from water to hail. A strong substance like superglue should be squeezed onto the outer edges of the endcaps. They should then be inserted into the gapes at the bottom corners of the frames.
  2. Tightening the sills with screws – The sill endcaps will have holes which is meant to be used for tightening via screws. The window frames package will include a set of screws compatible with the endcaps. The screws mut be fastened using a screwdriver. Silicone gel must then be used to seal the sill and the frame to prevent water leakage.
  3. Attaching the frame to the hole in the wall – This is usually a two-man job. While person A holds the frame in line with the hole in the wall, the other person B should try and level the frame. The package usually come with packets that can be used to level the frame. The packets can be wedged in the frame with a hammer. If the packets jut out on either side, they can be chipped off.
  4. Drilling – On either side of the frame, a mark can be made for 6 inches from the bottom and from the top. In total, these would equal 4 holes. On the top and bottom of the window frame, a measurement of 24 inches must be made from the left and the right side. Now, the total comes out to be 8 holes. These need to marked. Once the marking is made, they must be drilled out with an electric drill. Once the screws are screwed into the hole with a screwdriver, the frames are finally mounted.

It is not difficult to drill uPVC windows. However if you are unsure it is always better seek professional assistance.

Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all windows, blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.