How to Improve the Security of uPVC Windows

uPVC Window SecuritySecurity has become an even bigger concern these days, given the increase in crime rates. Even homes, which have previously been considered as a person’s safety zone, is no longer secure anymore housebreaking has become so commonplace that people barely bat their eyelashes when they hear news about a malicious individual breaking in someone’s home. What people may not be aware of is that break-ins are crimes of opportunity: thieves and robbers are constantly on the lookout for weak spots in a person’s home and are able to enter a house because of these. More often than not, windows are the weak spots of a house. Even if these are closed, the glass can easily be broken or the panes jimmied to grant thieves access to your home. If you want to provide more security for your home, consider installing uPVC windows. [Read more...]

Oak Flooring And uPVC Windows – Problem Solved!

Oak Flooring and uPVC WindowsUp and down the country, after giving their front rooms the ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘ treatment couples everywhere get into arguments and debates.  And this is after all of the hard work is finished….

She’s spent time and money choosing furniture and co-ordinating paint samples with fabric swatches, while he has spent his precious weekends fitting the ‘perfect’ engineered oak flooring, at her request.  Finally, the flooring is polished, the new cushions are plumped up and the vases of flowers are arranged….

It all seems perfect; He breathes a sigh of relief, and says to his partner “so, we’ve finally finished?”   But she’s still not happy.  She’s noticed a problem… and he hasn’t spotted it:

The UPVC window.

Next to the fabulous oak flooring, the white plastic uPVC window now just looks ugly and out of place.

Shiny white plastic does NOT match with luxury flooring and she knows it.  Declaring the ‘makeover’ a failure, she demands a new window – with a wooden frame – it’s the only thing that will make the room “feel right”.  But he knows that no matter how “right” the room feels, come Winter, a wooden window frame won’t keep the room feeling warm!   But she doesn’t care, she shouts the the “plastic window does not match the perfect oak flooring or subtle colour scheme!”

She’s right…White UPVC does not scream ‘quality’, yet oak flooring oozes it. In a newly decorated room this can be a real dilemma – So, what should they do? Is there a compromise?

Luckily, yes there is! Did you know that you can get uPVC windows in a wood effect, which will match oak flooring perfectly?

Additionally, wooden-effect uPVC has many advantages over regular wooden windows.  Wood can rot and decay over a number of years and it can also be particularly problematic if your house gets damp.  Additionally wood windows need frequent care, painting and may need replacing, which is costly.  In contrast, wooden-effect uPVC looks as good as the real thing and it DOESN’T need all of the extra care that wooden window frames need.  All you need to do is wipe the mock-wood with a damp cloth!

So there you go – problem solved!

Beautiful oak flooring with matching windows AND all the benefits of uPVC glazing!  Perfect!

Window Locks for uPVC Windows

uPVC Window LockNow that everything is high priced, it is only natural if you want to cut your expenses in one way or another. One way to do so is to install uPVC Windows and doors. With this type of windows or doors, you’ll be able to cut down fuel consumption at your home because of their great energy efficiency. Such doors and windows improve your home’s thermal capacity, so even when your home is heated, you won’t be losing a lot of money in the process. A lot of people however, are hesitating to get uPVC windows because they feel that they’re not secured with such a window installed in their homes. What they don’t know is that they can even get extra protection from these windows because of window locks for uPVC windows.

So, what are window locks for uPVC windows? Since this type of window isn’t common to most homes, you need special locks to keep them safe and secured. You don’t have to worry about finding these because there are a lot of stores selling them. What you need to ascertain before buying window locks for uPVC windows are the features that would fit your needs.

One feature that you need to consider is the built and construction of the window locks for uPVC windows. This lock should be built tough, and should be able to stand years worth of wear and tear from opening and closing the doors. Since uPVC windows are especially built for thermal efficiency, the locks should also match that durability and usefulness. Another feature that you should look for is that it should allow the window to be opened in such a way that air flows quite well inside and outside the room, all the while keeping it locked and preventing entry through your windows. This is a great feature especially on warm weather, wherein you don’t have to worry about heating your house, since your concern would be keeping your living spaces well ventilated. Ideal window locks should also be simple and easy to use, so that opening and closing the windows won’t be a hard task. It should still maintain the functionality of a regular window, or else you’d have to consider getting a new window for your home.

The uPVC windows could be considered as a great addition for your home, to keep it comfortable and energy efficient. Window locks not only complements these windows well, they also keep your place safe and secured.

How to Take Proper Care of Your uPVC Windows and Doors

uPVC Windows CareTaking proper care of your uPVC windows and doors is an easy enough task, it’s just about knowing how to go about it exactly. Whether you have uPVC windows or uPVC doors (or both), external upvc doors or front upvc doors – they do need taking care of once in a while, despite companies claiming that they’re maintenance-free. Maintenance-free just means they will never need coated or painted in order to stay in fine shape.

So, why do uPVC windows and doors need cleaning? Well, like most surfaces, they will pick up dirt and dust in the air, especially during hotter seasons. uPVC doors that are opened regularly will likely get dirty from being touched so constantly and letting dirt and dust in the air come through. This is particularly the case for internal doors if you’re at home a lot.

Luckily, there are simple solutions to cleaning and maintaining your uPVC frames and any glass panes. For cleaning the glass on your windows and any doors, just use a simple window spray cleaner with a cloth, or a soap that mixes with water. For the actual frames on your uPVC doors and windows, just use a liquid soap or mild detergent, mixed with warm water. The cleaning part really is that simple.

For maintaining the functionality of your uPVC windows and doors, you need to keep the mechanisms lubricated from time to time. It’s recommended that you use periodic lubrication with WD-40 spray, whether it be for windows, external doors or internal doors. The mechanisms to keep lubricated include the handles, lock assemblies, hinges, letter plate springs and striking plates.

The overall cleaning and maintenance does not have to be done too often. If something is dirty, clean it, and if a mechanism is not up to scratch, lubricant it!

Blinds for uPVC Windows

Do you have uPVC windows and/or uPVC doors? If so, then you probably realize the need for controlling the amount of natural lighting that you like to let into your home or office. Whether you want to make your rooms less bright or black them out completely, there are thankfully plenty of decent blinds to choose from out there that can be used on uPVC windows and doors.

Blinds in particular are not only go for effectively controlling the amount of natural light you let into your home, but they’re also useful for security reasons. You’re likely to be less of a target for robbery if your home can’t be easily seen into, especially during night hours when most people at home are sleeping.

When thinking of blinds, typically you might think of them as only being appropriate for your uPVC windows, but actually, you can get some for uPVC doors as well. Many uPVC doors, especially uPVC patio doors, contain windows that let light into your home. It’s nice to have control over this as well as over the lighting through your windows.

Despite the clear benefits of blinds, you might be worried about things like drilling. Well, don’t be. Clip-fit blinds are easily available, making them easily fixable and removable at any time. This means you don’t have to go drilling holes into your uPVC windows and doors, which is something a lot of us are wary about doing in our homes, especially as it can void warranties.

Whatever the size of your uPVC windows and doors, you will absolutely be able to purchase a removable set of blinds that you can put up in minutes or less. It’s definitely worth the security measure and being able to control that natural light coming into your home. Nobody likes facing a 5am sunset!