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The case for choosing uPVC

Owning a house is the biggest investment we’re ever likely to make, so it’s only natural we should consider every element that goes into making it a home. More of us than ever are choosing doors and windows made from uPVC, not to mention conservatories and extensions, which is not surprising given its amazing qualities.

Material gains
When installing new doors, windows and conservatories, the choice of materials can be one of the biggest dilemmas you face. Of all the factors you’ll need to take into account, price is likely to come somewhere near the top of your list and here, uPVC has a headstart over the much more expensive hardwood and aluminium options. And bear in mind the savings don’t stop at just the initial outlay – installing uPVC windows or doors will help improve the energy efficiency of your home.

There are lasting benefits, too – the durability and strength of uPVC allows it to withstand the elements, so it won’t rot or fade, like wood, or corrode as aluminium does. These weather-resistant qualities mean that, unlike other materials, uPVC windows require little or no maintenance over their lifespan of 30-40 years.

Spoilt for choice
A word that could easily have been made for uPVC is ‘versatile’. From Casement to Vertical Sliding and Fully Reversible to Tilt & Turn, uPVC  windows open in a multitude of ways that wood and metal windows can’t match. And in the looks department, there’s a range of styles to complement every type of property, whether it’s traditional or modern, period or heritage.

Appearances are important and gone are the days when white was the only colour option: the Independent Network gives you access to a range of 29 stylish colours and woodgrain options. You can even choose different colours for inside and out – for example, a green exterior to reflect the verdant surroundings and a subtle hue to blend in with your décor. Add to that the wide range of hardware combining good looks with high-security features and there’s no end to the style and inspiration on offer.

What goes around…
For many of us, green credentials are vital and the good news is that where VEKA is concerned, old uPVC products never die – they are simply recycled to produce superior-quality windows, doors and conservatories. Believe it or not, uPVC can be recycled up to 10 times so the material used in a window, which has an average life of 35 years, can be extended to 350 years. You can’t get much greener than that.

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