Past, present, and future of PVC-U windows

Our webinar on the past, present, and future of PVC-U windows grants a wide-spanning view of everything from double glazing history to future window trends.

Over the course of 45 minutes, we will take you through how the windows market has changed over the years, in terms of specifications and requirements. The webinar will also break down which PVC-U windows are appropriate for specialist applications, as well as how companies are looking to future-proof their window practices.

Throughout the webinar, we’ll aim to answer your questions about the different types of UPVC windows, including:

  • What is UPVC?
  • How long do UPVC windows last?
  • What is double glazing beading?
  • What are internally beaded windows?

Naturally, you’ll have more questions about UPVC window design, which we’ll explore more during the webinar. For a brief overview of the type of topics that this webinar will cover, continue reading, below.

What is UPVC (PVC-U)?

Let’s start simple, PVC-U is also known as UPVC. It is a low maintenance building material that’s essential for installing double glazing windows.

Cost-effective and durable, the material is most popularly used for UPVC window panes and sills, minimising the amount of heat escaping outside. Other UPVC uses include fascia, siding and drain pipes.

When was double glazing invented?

While some may argue that the Ancient Romans invented double glazing over 2,000 years ago, modern double glazing history can be traced back to America in the 1930s.

Most homes at the time were heated by fireplaces and heat retention was very difficult. To solve this problem, American inventor C.D. Haven introduced “thermopanes” to domestic life, vastly improving the heat retention capabilities of household windows.

When was double glazing introduced in the UK?

Even though “thermopanes” had been around for decades prior, it was only in the 1990s that this window trend really caught on in the UK.

At its core, 1990s double glazing offered the same benefits as it does now for current windows and doors. People chose these modern windows and doors for heat retention in the winter, which effectively helped to reduce the cost of energy bills.

What are the current advantages of double glazing?

Technological advancements over the last three decades have seen double glazing on current windows and doors improve tenfold, many of which have addressed any previous disadvantages of UPVC windows.

There are still the same thermal benefits and energy bill reductions as 1990s double glazing, only now available in the vast array of styles and frames to suit your home, including large UPVC windows. Other modern advantages of double glazing include reduced moisture on window panes, which can lead to mould if untreated, and less noise filtering in through the glass.

What will be the window trends of the future?

The windows industry is constantly developing new technology and systems to find the next popular window trend on the market.

UPVC double glazed windows will certainly continue to be a significant part of that process. The inherent advantages of double glazing, being both sustainable and consumer-friendly, contribute to the staying power of this particular window trend.

How do I start this Eurocell CPD webinar?

To start learning more about the history and the future of double glazing, fill out the CPD request form at the bottom of the page. A member of our team will get back in touch to offer more information, offering you a chance to ask any questions you may have.

We also have two other courses on offer, covering the sustainability of PVC-U and Value Engineering for Architects. You can also head back to the CPD page to learn more about CPDs.

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