One of the world’s oldest polymers, polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, has evolved since the 1940s to become a universally used, cost effective, adaptable, safe and environmentally efficient material. PVC’s unique properties make it the material of choice for many applications, including construction, transportation, electronics and health.
Vinyl is the most prevalent residential window framing material and is gaining in the commercial sector due to its highly-efficient performance ratings. Though many still believe it lacks durability, innovations that have enhanced the structural performance of vinyl frames are challenging this perception.
REHAU’s proprietary uPVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride) formulation and extrusion process make window frames that deliver superior performance, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
With uPVC windows keeping cooled air sealed tightly within your home or building, air conditioning units don’t have to work as hard to maintain the desired temperature. You conserve energy—and save money.
Tests using the common measure of insulating ability, the U-factor, have shown that vinyl windows regularly outperform other products because of the frame’s excellent thermal performance. The specially-designed insulating airspaces in vinyl window and door frames, combined with their low conductivity, make them a formidable barrier to heat transfer
Compared to aluminum, a natural conductor of cold or hot temperatures, uPVC is a natural insulator. It resists heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer. Typical uPVC frames have U-factors that are at least 20 percent better than aluminium.
PVC is the ideal material for recycling. During the manufacturing process, PVC is easily chipped into waste material and extruded into new products. Ninety-nine percent of vinyl's manufacturing waste can be reprocessed. In addition, millions of pounds of post-consumer vinyl is recycled.
A Lower Carbon Footprint
Because PVC is lightweight, it uses less fuel than other materials to transport. Its long service life conserves raw materials and prevents pollution associated with manufacturing and disposing of other, shorter-life alternatives.