Enjoy the effects of uPVC

The winter months in New Zealand can be notably cold, wet, and miserable. Frosty nights combined with the well-known tendency for Kiwi homes to be inadequately heated and insulated often causes a lot of condensation and dampness—which in turn can lead to bad health for occupants.

While it’s not always given much thought by homeowners, joinery can play a big part in keeping a home warm, dry, and comfortable. The choice of joinery material is a crucial piece of the insulation puzzle and combines with other pieces such as batts and double-glazing for the full effect.

Already used very widely in Europe and North America where a lot of buildings are contending with much colder temperatures, uPVC is a great solution to the problem of keeping homes and commercial premises protected from winter woes. Here are some of the contributing factors that make uPVC a fantastic choice for those building or renovating.

 

Natural insulative properties

The material itself, uPVC or unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride, is itself a natural insulator. It traps heat and prevents it from being transmitted, which means that any warmth inside your home—from a heat pump, a fireplace, a gas heater or just the warmth that comes with having humans moving and living inside—is far less likely to escape via your windows and doors. 

The insulation offered by uPVC joinery has an eco-friendly advantage, too. When warmth is retained effectively, the need to generate more is reduced. This means lower power usage which is better for both the environment and your budget. The uPVC that Eco Tauranga uses is manufactured from recycled products, an added advantage. It is very safe and non-toxic.

 

Durability and robustness

The fact that uPVC is a natural thermal insulator is just the start of what makes uPVC joinery an ideal choice for anyone looking to keep their home or building warm and dry.  Although lightweight, uPVC is very strong and durable and is therefore far less prone to warping than other common joinery types such as aluminium and wood.

The advantage of strength when it comes to joinery goes beyond the security factor. As they do not become easily misshapen, uPVC doors and windows seal tightly against cold and drafts. In the wintertime, this is an essential function. Quality uPVC joinery is an effective guard against inclement weather, not only keeping the warmth in but ensuring that any wind, rain, and other annoyances like dust and pollen stay outside where they should be.

 

Coziness and quiet

The sounds of winter are many: torrential rain, snow, or hail pummelling your home, whistling winds, thunderstorms, and more in addition to your usual traffic sounds and other noises. Keeping your home quiet against the winter noises is part of keeping it nice and cozy—after all, there’s nothing better than being tucked up inside your warm home with the outside world muffled and distant. 

As well as keeping in heat, uPVC keeps out sound. When combined with double-glazed windows, it reduces sound very effectively—testing has shown reductions of up to 38 decibels.

With winter almost upon us, Kiwis will be starting to think about insulation.  Used in quality joinery products, uPVC offers an array of fantastic benefits that are especially evident when the temperature drops and adverse weather conditions roll in.

Eco Tauranga are the experts in supplying and installing uPVC joinery to suit your home or premises. Get in touch with the team for a quote or to discuss your specific needs.