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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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Jeff Love
a week ago
11 new windows, 3 entry doors, 2 patio doors, phenomenal look and installation. Hydro bill dropped significantly even with the increase in rates. Team was fast and efficient. Broke one window and had it ordered and installed within a few days! Will use these guys for all my future window and door needs! A++++ experience.
Sanjay Tamang
4 months ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Nadine D
in the last week
Jim came by to give us a quote on a window and door he was very friendly until we sat down and decided what we wanted in are window and door. He was saying that are home was not are forever home. Insulted our house how does he know this is not our forever home very rude. Then he ask us the other company that came by we told him and the quote that they gave us, and he started being argumentative saying that it cant be its too low they cant be cheaper then me. And also pushing us to get a storm door which we said we just want a door then he said if we go to home depot there doors are not good. Sorry but dont want someone that insults are home and is rude instilling are window and door.
Thomas Carlyle
2 months ago
NorthShield did an excellent job with our house. They were the lowest price our of 4 companies I contacted for quotes. The windows look beautiful, and the molding is very well done. The installation was very quick, they replaced all of the windows in our house in about 4 hours. They cleaned up everything completely afterwards inside and outside, you can't even tell they were here! Very professional, very high quality installation, materials and work. I would highkly recommend them.
John Rawson
3 weeks ago
Firstly, I received a quote from Northshield in September - When I called to go forward with the windows it was early November and the price had jumped up close to $1,000. We had many quotes for windows, Northshield was not the cheapest but I went with them due to good reviews. They seem to have an issue with customer service as my windows were ready for over a month with no installation date in sight. I called and left several messages trying to get an idea of installation date before anyone called me back. The only reason I am giving more than 1 star is because the final product and installation team was good, aside from the slight crack in one of my frames and the mess left behind in my yard including many cigarette butts. In the future I will be going with a different company and would not recommend them.
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