Is your home fitted with uPVC windows? Do you know when these windows were installed? Over the last decade double glazing technology has made huge advancements. With a focus on energy efficiency and home security; modern uPVC windows are considerably better quality now than ever before.
A brief history of double glazing
Double glazing originated in Scotland in the Victorian times as a way to insulate homes from the harsh weather conditions. The idea spread to the USA and became popular in the 1930s. It wasn’t until the 1970s that double glazing started to take off in the rest of the UK.
As a reaction to the Arab oil crisis, UK homeowners started to look for better ways to insulate their homes to reduce rising fuel costs and lower their dependence on foreign oil. In the 1970s double glazed windows were generally made with steel or timber frames. It wasn’t until the 1980s that uPVC became the material of choice for double glazing products.
20th century uPVC
At the beginning of the 1980s, uPVC windows began to rise in popularity. uPVC provided a low maintenance, durable alternative to maintenance heavy timber windows and more expensive aluminium alternatives. During the 80s and 90s many double glazing companies emerged to meet the rising consumer demand for uPVC windows.
By the turn of the century, uPVC windows were installed in almost all new build homes and were also the most popular choice for window replacements.
Modern uPVC windows
During the 21st century, strict energy efficiency and home insulation regulations have led to uPVC windows becoming greatly improved. Modern uPVC windows are now that much better than their predecessors to be almost unrecognisable with regard to quality, durability and improved aesthetic. Modern uPVC windows from Dolphin Windows can be:
- A-rated for energy efficiency
- PAS 23/24 security accredited
- Manufactured in a wide range of colours
- Fitted with multi-point locking systems
- Incorporated with soundproof units
- Double or triple glazed
- Guaranteed for 10 years
- FENSA certified
The future of uPVC windows
uPVC windows are expected to continue to rise in popularity. With more energy efficiency incentives and an extensive range of products on the market; homeowners are now in a better position than ever before. As the 21st century progresses, we will continue to place importance on improving the insulation and heat retention of our homes thus reducing our carbon footprint.
If you would like further information on our range of modern uPVC windows or any of our product range; call Dolphin Windows on 0800 999 7719 or send us a message online. Our experienced team of industry specialists are always happy to give advice on all our range of products.