uPVC windows have become a staple in pretty much every UK household, and with good reason. We see that they are an incredibly popular choice among our customers, but have you ever wondered where it all began?
Read on to learn more about when uPVC windows became popular, and how they’ve stayed on top for such a long time.
When did uPVC first come to market in the UK?
uPVC started to gain traction in the 70’s, but it wasn’t until the 80’s when it all started. Thatcher’s ‘Right To Buy’ scheme led to plenty of people having the ability to purchase their council home, which inspired a deluge of home improvements. New homeowners wanted rid of their wooden framed windows, and instead opted for state-of-the-art uPVC windows. These white frames became a must-have on every street in Britain, and still are to this day.
The adoption of these frames led not only to a much different (and better) aesthetic previously offered, but also to the phasing out of single glazed windows in homes, and eventual improvements of double glazing technology.
How uPVC window technology has advanced since
Internal locking systems in the frame
Old frames of the past didn’t have the capabilities of tough security locks, unlike windows of today. At Infil, our uPVC windows all come with British Standard Approved locking mechanisms, meaning that you won’t be paying another penny to keep you and your family safe. Homeowners would have dreamed of having their home as secure as the solutions that we can offer today
Higher resistance to sun bleaching
Whilst this technology was incredibly innovative in the 80’s, it wasn’t perfect. uPVC Windows would be prone to bleaching from the sun (often making your pure-white look like a worn-out yellow). Nowadays, we don’t experience this problem nearly as much, as new techniques of colouring have been developed. You’ll notice that your brand new windows won’t begin to lose their original colour any time soon.
uPVC has better insulating properties
A simple wood casing around a single pane of glass didn’t offer much of an opportunity to positively impact a home’s heating (and bills). The addition of these plastic frames also brought the freedom to add air chambers inside, which alongside this non-conductive material and an extra pane of glass, helps to insulate homes from the cold outside. It just goes to show that a bit of space around and inside the window containing a pocket of air makes a huge difference in the overall warmth of a home.
How much have windows changed since the 80’s?
Alongside all the developments aforementioned, uPVC windows now come in so many more aesthetic choices. Pure white is still a classic, but there’s so much more variety in how your windows could look in comparison to the 1980’s. We offer a range of colours, from your blues and greys, and even frames that look just like wood, there’s an option for everyone. Take a look at some of these windows for inspiration.
How could windows develop in years to come?
The technology used at Infil not only keeps your home stylish and warm, but is sure to also contribute to saving money on your heating bills.
Just as technology continues to grow, we will also continue to develop our expertise to fit your new windows. The 40+ years of experience we already have means that when your home needs new windows, our amazing team of fitting experts can confidently install your home with all the benefits of uPVC.
Are you looking for some new uPVC windows? Perhaps you want something brand new that no one else on the street has, or maybe you’re after a bit of an 80’s throwback with your double glazing. At Infil, we can help you to achieve the best solution for all your window needs. Give us a call on 01787 477231 to get a free quote today!