PVC vs UPVC - What is the Difference
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and UPVC (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride) are both types of vinyl with significantly different properties. Regular PVC is a lightweight and strong plastic commonly used in construction, especially for pipes, sliding and fences. UPVC, on the other hand, is a much more rigid alternative to PVC and used for the construction of windows and doors.
PVC isn't suitable for window and door construction, primarily because its chemical composition is far too flexible and malleable. Each of these plastics has wildly divergent functions and applications. We'll discuss their core qualities and purposes within this article.
Differences Between PVC And UPVC
What differentiates these types of vinyl from one another is that PVC contains plasticisers and UPVC doesn’t, so this completely changes their chemical composition and physical properties. Whilst PVC is used for piping, cable insulation, clothing and toys, UPVC is used instead for window and door frames, plumbing and draining. Compared to UPVC, PVC is a relatively low-cost option. However, its flexibility does compromise its durability, and it also contains phthalates and BPA.
UPVC doesn’t contain any plasticisers. It is rigid and durable, and because it doesn’t flex, it’s ideal for transporting drinking water and building frames. Moreover, it doesn’t contain phthalates or BPA at all. These plastics are also resistant to the damaging effects of sunlight, oxidation and a range of chemicals. Manufacturing them is incredibly cheap, and their maintenance is straightforward, which explains why they’re so widely used throughout multiple industry sectors.
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What Is UPVC?
Essentially, it is an incredibly versatile material, used across a vast number of applications, including window and door frames, plumbing materials and even dental retainers. Reportedly it was first used commercially in Germany sometime in the 1960s. Before then, manufacturers had no other choice but to use PVC as a construction material that wasn’t particularly resistant to damage and warping. Manufacturers quickly realised that by omitting plasticisers from the PVC production process, they had a much more resilient material that could account for PVC’s limitations.
PVC is not appropriate for the exterior and moving elements of a home, such as windows and doors. UPVC is the most suitable plastic because it has a significantly longer lifespan, is resistant o decomposition and remains unaffected by various weather conditions. One of the significant strengths of UPVC is that it will not contort due to seasonal changes or applied pressure. Still, it is easily reshaped when subjected to high temperatures.
What’s more, UPVC features are much more energy-efficient than those elements of a home that are built with wood or metal frames. The applications of UPVC for residential and commercial properties are immense, whether for window and door frame, conservatories, guttering, fascia, patios and decking. Some of the most desirable qualities of UPVC are:
- Simple maintenance and cleaning
- Resistant to decomposition and warping
- It can be recycled and reused for other UPVC purposes
- Lightweight and long-lasting
- Thermal efficiency and insulation
Coloured UPVC Windows and Doors
During the 1990’s uPVC windows, only available in white, became standard in most households. Modern-day uPVC windows and doors are available in various colours; however, uPVC replacement is expensive, and opting for coloured uPVC is around 10 – 20% more costly than white uPVC. Luckily uPVC Spray Painting is up to 80% cheaper than replacement.
Spray painting uPVC windows, uPVC window frames, and doors are the new way to colour your uPVC. This cost-effective method and will allow you to renovate your property efficiently without the headache of replacement. In fact you can spray paint any material and prolonging its lifespan.
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