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.
High-Performance Window Frames
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.
Our proprietary uPVC formulation and extrusion process make superior window frames that outlast and out-perform alternative materials like aluminum, which can corrode from exposure to weather and pollution.
Resists Fading Even in Extreme Climate Zones
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.
An investment in vinyl windows can often be recouped in as few as two years.
|Outstanding Thermal Performance|
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.
A Natural Insulator
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 aluminum and are also superior to thermally broken aluminum.
This thermal image demonstrates how effectively our uPVC designs separate warmer air and cooler air in order to achieve optimal energy efficiency.
uPVC is naturally resistant to moisture and atmospheric pollutions such as acids, alkalis and salt air. It is impervious to rot, rust, blistering and flaking, as well as infestation by termites or other insects. It resists mold and mildew, and scratching will not require any touch-up. As a result, the REHAU-designed windows and doors you install today will retain their lustre for years to come.
Proven in Extreme Environments
Yes, we are talking about vinyl. Though there has been much controversy surrounding the manufacture, use, recycling and sustainability of PVC, primarily because if its association with the chlorine industry, much of this argument has been emotionally driven rather than based upon scientific scrutiny.
Ideal for Recycling
A Lower Carbon Footprint