Frequently Asked Questions
What is PVC?
PVC or uPVC was first discovered in 1827 and was first used in making golf balls and heels for shoes and is now the second most produced plastic in the world. Most plastics do burn but modern PVC does not since it has a flame retardant chemical added when it’s being extruded. PVC is also a good material for window and door frames because scratches and light burns can be removed with light emery paper and oil. A course cleaning polish then gets the shine back. It is also ECO friendly: you won’t chop down a tree to make windows and doors or make a large hole in the ground to make an alloy frame. PVC is also usually designed to have natural light incorporation and thermal insulation which saves electricity from reduced usage of lights and airconditioning. Furthermore, due to its plastic nature, when combined with glass it cuts down to 80% of the external noise pollution.
What are PVC’s advantages and disadvantages in its windows and doors compared to steel and aluminum?
Steel windows which are on the shore line will only last a few years before rusting away. Have you ever seen old steel windows? After a few years, you try opening them and find the casement part is stuck to the fixed part. Have you ever tried to pull them out, they just come out in pieces as the rust has just eaten through them.
When it comes to aluminum doors and windows the wheels are the only things that actually secure the sash to the frame and there is usually a space between the sash and frame letting wind and rain inside, this also reduces the life of the rollers as the water will cause corrosion very quickly, whereas, PVC’s sashes overlap the frame by 10mm, where a brush eliminates the rest of the gaps.
What are the different kinds of glasses to be used in the windows and doors?
1. 6mm ORDINARY GLASS has some effect in cutting down noise and heat but it is not the safest glass in the house as when in breaks it breaks into large pieces making it easy for a person or child to be cut.
2. 6mm clear TEMPERED GLASS is 4 – 5 times harder than the ORDINARY GLASS. In the event that it does break, it breaks into a lot of very small fragments still leaving possibilities to be cut but not as dangerous as the ORDINARY GLASS.
3. LAMINATED glass which film of PVB (Poly Vinyl Butyral) sandwiched between two pieces of glass given it extra qualities like:
- Extra Security: If someone tries to break your window or door, the PVB film stays intact.
- Extra Thermal Insulation: The PVB film keeps out another 30% heat or cold.
- Extra Noise Reduction: External noise is cut down by a large factor.
4. We also have different COLORED GLASS:
5. 6 TO 20MM GLASS for those area where you need added strength for security
What are the different kinds of PVC Window setups, their functionalities and benefits?
A window with a hinged sash that swings in or out like a door comprising either a side-hung, top-hung, or occasionally bottom-hung sash or a combination of these types, sometimes with fixed panels on one or more sides of the sash. In the USA these are usually opened using a crank, but in Europe they tend to use projection friction stays and espagnolette locking. Formerly, plain hinges were used with a casement stay. Handing applies to casement windows to determine direction of swing.
Horizontal Sliding Sash Window
Has two or more sashes that overlap slightly but slide horizontally within the frame.
A multi-panel window, with at least three panels set at different angles to create a protrusion from the wall line.
A window that cannot be opened, whose function is limited to allowing light to enter.
Tilt and Slide Window
A window (more usually a door-sized window) where the sash tilts inwards at the top and then slides horizontally behind the fixed pane.
Tilt and Turn Window
A window which can either tilt inwards at the top or can open inwards hinged at the side.
A window hinged at the top
What are the different kinds of PVC Door setups, their functionalities and benefits?
A swing door has special hinges that allow it to open either outwards or inwards.
A sliding glass door is a door made of glass that slides open and sometimes has a screen. Sliding glass doors are common in many houses, particularly as an entrance to the backyard. Such doors are also popular for use for the entrances to commercial structures.
A French door, also called a French window, is a door that has multiple windows (“lights”) set into it, the full length of the door. Traditional French doors are assembled from individual small pieces of glass and mullions. These doors are also known as true divided lite French doors.
Folding door is a door unit that has 2 to 8 sections, folding in pairs. The doors can open from either side for one pair, or fold off both sides for two pairs. Bifolds are most commonly made to maximize the opening space.
A Dutch door is divided in half horizontally. The top half can be open, while the bottom half can stay closed .