uPVC Double Glazing Windows
Casement, Sash, Tilt & Turn and Bespoke Options
uPVC Double Glazing Windows
The Best Performing Windows Money Can Buy
First Home Improvements offer a comprehensive range of window designs, suitable for all types of buildings. All double glazing windows offer exceptional levels of energy efficiency as well as a choice of opening styles, solid colours and wood grain effect. The benefits are:
- Beautifully crafted sculptured designs
- A+ energy efficiency / thermal performance
- Wide choice of solid colours, woodgrain finishes or custom colours from our RAL chart
- Premium handles
- No fading or yellowing of uPVC materials
- Easy cleaning hinges
- Highly durable
- Low maintenance products
- Choice of glass designs, including decorative glass, etched, leaded and Georgian bars
- Reinforced where necessary to guarantee maximum strength.
Our team of designers will help you configure the best designs for your home. There is a window to suit every style of property from modern, contemporary to traditional.
- Tilt & Turn
- Vertical slider / Sash windows
- Bow or Bay window
First for security
The revolutionary new window lock on our PVCu/uPVC windows from the well-known lock company, Yale, that has a 12 year warranty and has been tested for up to 42 years of use, this is a security lock that can’t be beaten! The Blade Lock is manufactured in the UK and guarantees you a quality finish, exceeding the British Standards specifications.
- Tested to over 30,000 cycles
- Tested up to 42 years of use and long lasting
- 12 year warranty
- High corrosion resistance, tested to the most extreme weather conditions BS EN 1670 Grade 4 (240 hours NSS)
Committed to 100% Excellence
As part of the Government’s building regulations, all double glazing windows must comply with window energy ratings (WERs) set by the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC). The label uses a rainbow system with a rating from A+ to G dependant on the energy efficiency levels. A+ is the most efficient, G the least efficient.
Our PVCu/uPVC windows have earned the rating of A+ which indicates the thermal performance of the product. First Home Improvements is a BFRC-authorised installer and is audited to demonstrate the accuracy of energy efficiencies. The superior design and insulation makes all the difference to the performance of our PVCu/uPVC windows.
One of the most immediate benefits of choosing our replacement windows and doors is the reduction of outdoor noise levels, by using the double glazed sealed units and zero air transmittance can bring down the noise levels in your home by as much as a half.
uPVC windows are both attractive and durable
Our range of casement uPVC windows are our most popular design, offering security, A+ energy efficiency and are available in a multitude of styles, colours and finishes to enhance the look of your home.
Features and benefits
All our windows feature energy efficient glazing and high security Blade locks as standard. Furthermore, our unique high performing ActivSeal ensures your windows will perform year after year.
Superior window furniture
From traditional cottage styles to contemporary homes, all windows and doors are available with a wide choice of handles and hardware to perfectly suit your home.
Durability and advanced security
Tested to over 30,000 cycles and up to 42 years of use, long lasting with a 12 year warranty. Rigorously tested to BS7950 and beyond to achieve Secure by Design status.
Chartwell green window with plant on Georgian bars
An exciting range of finishes, a vast array of glazing options and door furniture to suit every taste. The choice is yours – make a design statement.
The range is available in variety of finishes/colours including white, rosewood, golden oak and a range of solid colours as standard or any colour of your choice and can be combined with your choice of glass design including Georgian square, stained or diamond lead.
Special offers: Up to 30% off Green Allowance Recycling Scheme!
Our Replacement Windows
The advancement in energy efficient technology is definitely one of the 21st century’s technological advancements. With the need to reduce energy consumption the building materials industry in constantly looking for more eco-friendly materials who in turn improve housing quality, comfort and safety. It is in this sense in which construction companies started using PVC or polyvinyl chloride – an extremely versatile polymer. As a matter of fact, this material is so useful that is an essential component in several products we use daily like kitchen appliances, white goods, cars, in fact almost every home will have some element of uPVC in them.
We offer a wide range of uPVC windows including casement, vertical sash, tilt & turn, bow & bay windows. Contact us or Request a Quote to find our more about our full range.
What is uPVC or PVCu?
The flexibility of PVC is what led to the creation of uPVC or unplasticised polyvinyl chloride also known as rigid PVC, this is a special blend and unique combination created to use in the production of windows and doors. What makes uPVC special is that unlike other window materials, it does not have any BPA or phthalates which combined with its stability makes it safer than any other in the market. Nowadays the use of uPVC is becoming increasingly popular, being the material of choice of new constructions across the world, so much so that it accounts for more than half of the windows produced in UK and European Union, as well like countries across the world. Despite its widespread use it is one of the least known construction materials, that is why the purpose of this article is to demystify uPVC windows and tell you everything you need to know about it and its purchase.
uPVC is most popular in the window’s market, but it is also used to make frames and sills, cladding, fascia and plumbing materials like pipes and guttering. Its first appearance as a construction material came with the creation of the uPVC windows in the mid 1970’s in the UK. At first they were wanted for the lightness of the material, but as they started to use them many other benefits became apparent; like the fact that they are great thermal insulators, reduce noise and are extremely aesthetically pleasing.
Windows and their benefits
The first benefit is that uPVC windows require a lot less maintenance than regular glass windows, besides being easily cleaned with water and detergent and being less prone to grease marks, this windows don’t need any sealing or painting, which means after installed you never have to give it another thought. Another advantage is that thanks to the nature of the material uPVC windows are extremely tough and resistant, as mentioned before uPVC have been used in water and sewer pipes for several decades, this means that it is a strong and durable material that can handle extreme amounts of pressure and weight, which makes this windows practically unbreakable. Good uPVC windows are ultraviolet rays resistant, which means that it won’t fade under a hard bright sun. This leads me to an even more impressive quality of uPVC, it is corrosion resistant which means it will never erode or rot maintaining its flawless appearance despite harsh weather and years of use.
Heat and insulation advantages
The next benefit of uPVC windows is that they bring thermal comfort to your home or business. uPVC is a very low conductor which means that it does not transmit energy well from one point to the other; this combined with a tight sealing makes uPVC windows the best choice for energy efficient homes and buildings. Since PVC does not conduct heat it does not transmit the warmth inside to the outside, it also does not transmit outside heat inside. Studies demonstrate that up to two thirds of a house temperature is either gained or lost through 3mm glass windows, which is only worsened by the metallic frames, proof of this can be found in touching a window in the winter, in contrast with the uPVC one, in the glass you can feel the outside temperature while in uPVC you cannot. The fact is that in winter glass windows accounts for the loss of 15 time more heat than houses that use uPVC windows and in summer they account for the gain of 25% of the heat. Furthermore, double glazing uPVC windows improve thermal comfort and resistance by over 90%, this is due to the air pocket that is created between the first and second glass panels, this provides a barrier that helps insulate the space helping regulate the interior temperature and keep the weather outside at bay.
Continuing with our praise of uPVC windows, another positive trait is that this windows can be opened in any direction, this helps and makes possible of cross ventilation, it also helps in the creation of natural wind currents that help cool down the home in a completely energy efficient manner. The fact that they can tilt and turn also makes them adaptable to different types of windows and makes them space efficient. Furthermore their light designed and opening mechanism allows for any type of curtains to block in outside light.
Another benefit of uPVC double glazing windows is that they are effective noise insulators. Outside noise is always an unwanted disturbance, generally for order to create effective noise barriers there is the need for great mass, density and low resonance capacity in order to either muffle or reflect the noise. In order to stop noise from travelling in the noise source needs to be interrupted by a material with excellent acoustic performance, the right amount of density which allows it to withstand traffic exposure and weather erosion. Even though it sounds like a simple feat finding the right noise insulating materials can be extremely complicated when meeting the requirements of a window, see through, light, small width and aesthetically pleasing material.
Since uPVC windows are created by welded profiles they have a multiple chamber structure which decreases its noise and heat conducting abilities by up to a 70%. These factors combined with the flexibility and endurance of the material are capable of creating a durable and light window with the surprising capacity of acoustic insulation, as a result of its noise reflective capacities. The use of double glazing effectively reduces noise up to 35 dB, which improves your sleeping habit, enhances concentration and increases the value of your property.