uPVC Conservatory Building
If you're looking for a practical, strong and high-quality material for your conservatory design, consider going with uPVC, also referred to as PVCu or PVC-U. A uPVC conservatory is generally considered as the most popular conservatory built on the market today.
Benefits of a uPVC Conservatory
- uPVC as a material offers high insulation for the conservatory, which requires very little or sometimes zero external maintenance.
- Convenience and availability - many conservatory supply companies will use it on some range.
- High quality, proven performance and cost-effectiveness - Generally speaking, a uPVC conservatory will have the lowest cost options around, cheaper than conservatories made from other materials.
uPVC Conservatory Styles
Although uPVC is most commonly done in white, you can also find attractive styles in oak or mahogany wood grain. You can also find many different types of tested, guaranteed and quality uPVC extrusions, without discoloration issues, complete with warranties in case this should ever occur. uPVC conservatory windows come in a wide variety of designs as well.
There are several factors you will need to take into consideration when selecting a uPVC conservatory system. First of all, many uPVC systems allow you to choose between externally and internally glazed windows.
Internally Glazed uPVC Conservatory Windows
Internally glazed and beaded windows meant for uPVC conservatories hold the glass in from the inside. The internal windows are generally considered to be more safe, secure, durable and resistant to harsh weather conditions as well as potential break-ins. This is not always the case though.
Externally Glazed uPVC Conservatory Windows
Externally glazed and beaded uPVC windows hold the glass in from the outside, sometimes with extra features such as internal wedge gaskets and other equipment and accessories.
There are many designs and styles of external uPVC windows that are also secure and sturdy.
Find out what all your options are and discuss the advantages and disadvantages will all potential suppliers to determine what is best for you and your conservatory.
uPVC Conservatory Frame Thickness
You need to consider the depth of the uPVC conservatory frame extrusions, which can have a major effect on the overall structure and strength of the conservatory. Frames can be as little as 50 mm thick and go up to 70 mm or more. On average, frame extrusions sit at about 60 or 65 mm. You'll want to go for the higher range as much as possible, as thicker frames are usually stronger and more sturdy but might cost more.
Finally, you will need to consider the thickness of the walls. While the exact thickness can vary, most uPVC conservatory systems include walls that are internally reinforced in multiple levels with aluminum or steel. In many situations thicker does not always equate to better but for uPVC conservatories it does. Thicker uPVC conservatory walls are generally more reinforced, essentially meaning the walls are stronger and more durable. Try and find uPVC conservatory walls as thick as you can although keep in mind that you may have to stretch your budget accordingly, as thicker (and thus, more reinforced and stronger) walls tend to cost more.
uPVC Conservatory Conclusions
uPVC is a durable, flexible material for building your conservatory out of. A uPVC conservatory will often be the cheapest option and modern materials processing means it can look very nice. When buying a uPVC conservatory look for the thickest frame in your budget range for the sturdiest construction. As always talk to several suppliers before making a uPVC conservatory buying decision.
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