uPVC Windows and uPVC Doors go yellow?
Over the years we've heard all sorts of strange comments regarding PVCu
windows and doors. I think the most popular one was "they go yellow" after a
few years. Well there might have been an element of truth in that many years
ago but those problems have been well and truly sorted out now. We had first
hand experience of this ourselves with a profile that we used about 20 years
ago, but our profile provider rectified every instance that were reported to
them...easily remedied by a wipe over with a solvent cleaning agent.
However, these days you just don't get problems of this nature and EasyFit
Window Warehouse provide you with a 10 year manufactures guarantee to
alleviate any concerns you may have.
all white uPVC
profiles the same?
No they are not. When you are out and about
you may notice a front door panel that is quite a few shades different from
the door frame, this can happen if the door panel shade has not been ordered
to the correct colour shade of white of the frame. Most people don't realise
there are several shades of white that are used by the different profile
suppliers, ranging from a creamy white to an ice blue white.
are also slight variations of the profile shape, commonly referred to as
either sculptured or chamfered. We can match most frame shapes, so if you
are only replacing a single window or door panel then send us a photo of
your existing windows to make sure we match it. We can however not guarantee
to match a particular colour unless you know the specific profile used to
manufacture your existing windows.
Do PVCu windows creak
when they get sun on them?
Short answer is no. Whilst it is fairly
common to hear plastic gutters creak when the sun is on them and they are
expanding, there is no such problem with PVCu windows and doors. If they
have been manufactured properly with reinforcing inserted where it is
needed, then there should be no sound of expansion coming from your windows.
Read more about reinforcing here.....
All about Reinforcing
I get condensation on
the glass; can this be avoided?
It is not unusual, especially if you don't
heat the room or use a night vent facility. Double glazing is not a cure for
condensation but it goes a long way to reducing the conditions that cause
it, especially when you use the built in night vent facility or even add an
additional trickle vent to certain problem rooms. If you want to know more
about condensation and how to control it read.....
All about condensation
What is a failed
The symptoms of a failed unit is
condensation forming BETWEEN the panes of glass. This indicates that the
sealant has failed and allowed the ingress of moister sufficient for the
desiccant to become saturated and therefore ineffective and the moist air
will condense into water. The risk of premature failure is why it is so
important to use packers correctly during installation. I have seen all
sorts of inappropriate material used for packing, wedges of timber, folded
up cardboard even foam travel pads used during transportation of units.
Worse still is using no packers at all, never fit a double glazed unit
without packers as this can allow the unit to sit in water which may gather
quite normally in the rebate of your frames, this is why PVCu frames have
integral drainage slots machined into them. Some people mistakenly think
that condensation on the outside is an indication of a failed unit. THIS IS
NOT THE CASE if you can wipe away the condensation the double glazed unit
has not failed.
Do windows need to be
With the 70mm five chamber profiles used in today's
manufacturing the requirement for reinforcement is minimal. Some people seem
to think it will make the frames stronger...it won't, it will just cost more
money to produce.
Window frames are not intended to be load bearing and as
such there is no need for most products to be reinforced and you can safely
order your windows and doors from Easyfit Window Warehouse
knowing that they will have been made to the
correct specification. If you want to know more about reinforcing, read
All about reinforcing