uPVC Conservatories | Advantages and Disadvantages Discussed

Thinking of adding a conservatory to your home? Are you unsure about how you are going to maintain it? Well, it’s not quite so difficult these days!

With the advancement in science and technology, in an era when man is thinking of settling on the moon, why leave our poor homes in the shackles of age old wooden and aluminum frames. As if the doors and windows do not already take up considerable effort and expenses in cleaning and repairing. To think of an entire conservatory in wood can be quite old fashioned and expensive.

PVC or PolyVinylChloride has revolutionized the home and construction industry. PVC has become a part of our lifestyle from small things such as torches and table mats to big things as pipes and doors. Improvements in PVC brought UPVC or Unplasticised PolyVinylChloride. UPVC is hardened PVC which is used in making doors, windows and conservatory frames. This material commands certain advantages that have contributed to its popularity and surge in demand.

Occasional cleaning with soapy water is all that is required to keep it sparkling. The colors do not fade or peel. No need to repaint after a couple of years. Combined with self cleaning glass, they are the ultimate solution for the conservatory where climbing the roof top is difficult.

Non reactivity to water prevents swelling, rusting, rotting or warping. It is built to resist strong winds, stroke and sunlight. The corners are made extra strong to prevent deformation.

The UPVC profiles allow for single, double or even triple glazing of conservatories. Double Glazing insulates the conservatory against heat loss, thus saving on energy bills. It also prevents the buildup of fog during rains. Double Glazing is nowadays becoming a standard in wooden and aluminum conservatories too.

The profiles are constructed on state of the art machines. They do not have gaps for rain water to seep in. There is no risk of leaky roofs. Its molecules do not allow permeability of sound waves. Thus, your neighbors are not disturbed when you party. And the car honks do not disturb you while you study or relax.

They come in variety of designs and colours that will make your orangery gel with your existing house. You can also opt for wood grain finish on the exterior and/or in the interior making it look like a wooden orangery. UPVC can be made from recycled plastic, thus making it eco-friendly. uPVC is not easily inflammable. It requires very high temperatures for it to catch fire. Thus it helps in stopping the spread of fire.

Whatever be the benefits, PVCU takes a back seat in terms of look and feel. It cannot match the grandeur of wood or the sophistication of aluminum conservatories! They are good insulators, but not as warm as wood. They are strong, but cannot withstand weather conditions as much as aluminum. They are available in various design and colour combinations, but do not provide a canvass to an architect’s imagination.

There have been complaints of UPVC conservatories causing excessive glare. The original roof design, projection and location should be checked to avoid too much of direct sunlight. External coatings that reflect UV rays should be used.

That taken care of, all other things that go into building a good conservatory automatically fall into place when you use uPVC as your material of choice.