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PVC vs. uPVC for Windows


When you're looking to renovate your home there are a lot of terms you need to become familiar with so you can make the best decisions for your house. The unfamiliar terms may seem daunting at first, but for the most part it's pretty simple. A few moments spent learning about common materials and practice during home renovations can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

 

Two terms you'll see fairly often during your research on viable options for your window and door replacements are PVC and uPVC. The spelling of these terms may only be different by one letter, but the difference between materials is significant.

 

So what exactly are these materials?

 

PVC

 

PVC(short for polyvinyl chloride) is a plastic commonly used in construction. Plasticizers make it more flexible so it can be used to form pipes. It's also used as an insulator for electrical cables. There are some concerns about toxins and radiation, and three of the chemicals used in PVC have been banned by the EU.

 

uPVC

 

uPVC is polyvinyl chloride without the plasticizers. It remains highly durable and stays rigid instead of flexing, making it a common wood replacement. It's also fire resistant and recyclable. It also lacks any serious toxins or radiation—the chemicals used to transform it into PVC are what create the toxins.

 

Why NorthShield Chooses uPVC For Our Windows

 

At NorthShield Windows and Doors, we are committed to providing you the highest quality windows at the best possible cost. We use uPVC for our window frames because it is weather resistant, it doesn't warp the same way wood does, and its ability to be recycled makes it a sustainable option.

 

Canadian winters are world renowned for their intensity. Heavy snows and extreme cold can damage wooden window frames, causing them to warp or rot. Choose uPVC window frames from NorthShield Windows and Doors and you'll avoid expensive maintenance for years to come. Give us a call today at 204-272-3725 and we'll schedule a time to come by and give you a free estimate on your window and door replacements.

 

The NorthShield Advantage

 

When you call NorthShield Windows and Doors you'll discover there's much more to our windows than the uPVC frames. We provide several other options to make your windows more energy efficient and even custom shaped window. You also get professional installation from NorthShield Windows and Doors including cleanup and the free disposal of your old windows. Oh, and in case you were wondering, we offer a lifetime warranty on all our windows.

 

If you're not convinced, take a look at some of the options available on our website. You'll find a wide variety of windows and doors, because we know every house has its own unique needs.

 

Are you ready to replace your old windows? Call NorthShield Windows and Doors today at 204-272-3725 and we'll arrange a time to come over and give you a free estimate on all your window replacements—and any door replacements you might need.


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Courtney Schappert
in the last week
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
2 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
Lois
a month ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
Richard Romanow
a month ago
Installation crew showed up on time. Brought coverings and tarps to contain any mess. Installation went smoothly and the guys were very polite and considerate. The old windows and frames were removed and the jobsite was clean when they left. Great work at a good price! Thanks Andy and Serge.
Emma Liiv
2 months ago
Jim gave us a great price, and I was also very happy with the installation team. Great workmanship, product, hey we’re friendly and clean. I am left feeling good about the company we chose to do our windows. I would certainly not hesitate in recommending them.
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