In recent years, Un-plasticized Polyvinyl Chloride or UPVC doors have become popular and are being used widely in homes. The advantages and disadvantages of these doors are as follows.
- UPVC is also the most durable of the materials available. It is strong, tough and resilient. It is highly unlikely UPVC will need to be changed.
- UPVC doors never rots, flakes, rusts, fades, pits, peels or corrodes. It needs only a light soapy wash and a check of the seals for maintenance. UPVC requires virtually no maintenance making it very convenient and time-saving.
- UPVC is a stable material so it is pollution resistant, sea water resistant and chemical proof. Wood can swell and rot and aluminium and steel can corrode and have galvanic reaction to the fasteners.
- Fire tests have shown that UPVC materials, being naturally flame retardant throughout their product life, will not cause, support or enhance the development of accidental fire and are in fact self-extinguishing.
- UPVC materials are good insulating materials due to which, it keeps home warmer in winter and cooler houses in summer. UPVC prevents thermal bridging so prevents condensation unlike aluminium.
- When it comes to cost, UPVC doors are much cheaper than aluminium and timber doors.
- UPVC doors are unsuitable to be used as the front door as due to their light weight.
- They are not weather proof enough like wooden or aluminium doors.
- It doesn’t appear to be attractive due to its simple plastic look. However they are available in wide range of colours.