Why Use PVCu or uPVC and what is the difference ?
It is the same thing. uPVC changed it’s name to PVCu (you may also see it as PVC-U) in the late 1980s to fall in line with Europe. It is called PVCu there because most European languages place the noun (the word PVC in this case) before the adjective (U). The ‘PVC’ part of it stands for Polyvinyl Chloride. The ‘U’ stands for Un-plasticised.
PVCu is no ordinary material. As 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.Unlike some products, it is recyclable and has been produced by a CFC-free production process.
Unlike old-fashioned timber, it will never need painting, and It will not rot, warp, crack or flake.
It will not support combustion and is in fact self-extinguishing and it will ‘retain’ its good looks for years with just the occasional wipe down to remove atmospheric grime.
PVCu products are now available in a range of finishes, from the standard white to creams and greys including various woodgrain finishes like rosewood, oaks and black.
PVCu is now a truly versatile building material.