uPVC windows are a durable, cost-effective, and thermally efficient choice for homes and commercial properties across Poole, Dorset, Wiltshire, and surrounding areas in the South West. There are many benefits of uPVC window profile, and it’s not hard to understand why it’s one of the most commonly used materials for windows and doors in properties across the UK. It’s worth knowing how modern innovations of uPVC work and how they offer so many benefits to not only homeowners but installers too.
Here, we’ve answered some of the more technical questions on uPVC profiles to provide an insight into precisely what makes it such a tremendously popular choice in the fenestration industry.
uPVC is an abbreviation for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, and it starts its life as a plastic powder. The powder is then heated and injected into a mould to form its shape as a strip of extremely long uPVC window profile. Once the uPVC profile has cooled, it is then cut and prepared to be assembled, along with other components, into what we know as double or triple-glazed windows and doors.
There are three main types of uPVC profiles: ovolo, chamfered, and flush.
Ovolo window profiles are perfect for a timeless, traditional look with sculptured framing and rounded edges to the uPVC frames. It’s a popular choice for period-style homes or those looking to add character to their windows and doors and is suitable for properties with a modern country home aesthetic. It’s a popular choice due to its decorative finish, elegance, and curved shape with soft sightlines.
Chamfered window profiles, alternatively, offer a sleek, classic look for a modern taste. This profile is well-defined by its neat, linear look creating a stylish finish wherever it is used. The flat edges have a more contemporary feel but still have a traditional and familiar aesthetic, just one that is more contemporary and less decorative than ovolo frames.
Flush casement windows are timeless and an elegant uPVC profile solution, characterised by the sleek window lines that fit flush into the window or door frame. When closed, the window sash is level with the outer frame creating a smooth and flush appearances.
Profile 22 is the UK’s largest uPVC profile in window and door systems. It’s brought Optima to our industry, the award-winning PVC-U window and door system designed to deliver the best of everything.
REHAU is one of the leading premium brands for polymer-based solutions in the construction industry and reinvented windows for new ways of living and maintaining a sustainable future.
With these brief facts in mind, what are the differences? Let’s compare!
|Profile 22 windows||REHAU windows|
|Feature more insulating chambers than REHAU profiles||Offer slimmer casement window profiles (60 mm)|
|Incorporate triple glazing with ease||Deliver a higher resistance thanks to their specialist (High-Definition Finishing) high gloss surface to keep them looking their best for longer|
|Can be enhanced further with thermal inserts if required||Offer optional steel inserts for improved strength|
|Available in more colour choices||Can be enhanced further with seamless smart home integration through their unique ‘Smart Guard’ system|
Both brands offer outstanding thermal insulation, acoustic performance, enhanced security, weather performance, and sustainability, both proving to be worthwhile choices.
Homeowners and tradespeople love to ask this question, and there is no right or wrong answer. It depends on the property design, location, personal taste, and budget. Profile 22 and REHAU both offer straightforward installation, similar pricing structures without extras, and exceptional quality and performance.
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