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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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4.8
Ross Apperly
4 months ago
Northshield replaced 9 windows in our house. Our only complaint would be that the colour doesn't really match the sample we were shown. The woman we first encountered in the showroom was pleasant and helpful. There are only so many things she could tell us in the showroom but it was enough to convince us to book an appointment with a salesman. Walter, the fellow who came to our house, wasn't really a salesman at all and yet he knew exactly what he was doing. Answered all of our questions, clearly knew his business inside and out, was patient with us, made some really helpful suggestions, and just generally made us feel confident and comfortable. Next came Vladimir. He came to do the final measurements and to verify the details of each window. Another very very knowledgeable guy. Clearly an expert in his field and yet friendly and patient with us. The team of men who came to do the install were all very much polite and professional. Their workmanship is first rate. In the end, what I know is this, the new windows are in, the drafts and rattles from the old ones are gone, the price was fine, the quality is A1, and every single individual along our journey was a genuine pleasure to work with.
Oai Truong
a month ago
We chose Northshield because of the rave reviews on Google, but unfortunately the experience was a disappointment. The sales guy was nice enough, but like most suppliers in their industry, installation came 6 weeks past their original estimate, which was fine since we were not in a big rush, although we had to delay the painting of our kitchen because of it. The two big issues were: 1. To install our new patio doors, the opening had to be widened, which our sales guy mentioned, and which was fine to us. The problem came when the installers were on site and insisted that they did not need to replace the header. I know nothing about construction but luckily my colleagues told me to make sure that they install a new header because they were widening the doorway. Luckily I was home and I persisted that they install a new header, and after a while they finally realized that they needed to do it as well. They went off to the store to get the wood and the drywall and finished the job, which looked fine. 2. Only a few months later big cracks appeared along the new header. I called Northshield only to be told by Alex that my painter should've known that the patchwork on the header was very minimal and that "any professional painter should've known to make sure the drywall was ready to be painted." So they refused to do anything about it. I guess I should've said back to him "any professional installer should've known you need a new header when you widen a doorway!" So now I have a wall that I will need to re-patch and re-paint all over again. If you decide to use Northshield, please do your own research and make sure that you oversee their work, because they will never take responsibility for it, or admit that they didn't know what the heck they were doing.
emily s
3 months ago
Professional, clean, good customer service. Fast and efficient. No surprises or hidden costs, did not try to upsell me and worked within my budget. Very happy with the finished product and will continue to use in the future for replacing my remaining windows.
Patrick Touchette
4 months ago
Alex our salesman was great to work with and gave us very good information about our windows. The installation went smoothly and the windows look great and function well. Great customer service!
Albert Giesbrecht
a month ago
We had 4 windows installed by this company. The windows were installed in no time at all, and the guys were very professional and efficient. Love the windows and would recommend this company to anyone.
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