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Styles of PVCu Doors
There are several different styles of entrance and exit doors designed for residential properties and we will deal with them in the following categories: –
What is PVCu?
PVCu is the abbreviation of Un-plasticised Polyvinyl Chloride and is exactly the same product as uPVC. In day to day use the terms have become interchangeable but officially PVCu has been used since the late 1980’s, bringing the UK into line with the rest of Europe. This is simply because in most European languages the noun (PVC) is placed before the adjective (unplasticised).
How many different types of PVCu profile are there for PVCu doors and how do I tell which is the best for me?
The term PVCu profile refers to the cross section (shape or profile) of the various extrusions and there are hundreds of different types of PVCu extrusions for windows and doors. The more common ones being manufactured by Deceuninck™, Duraflex™, Rehau™, Synseal™, Profile 22™, Network VEKA™, Plastmo™ and Kommerling™. Each manufacturer of PVCu doors has a number of different product ranges to serve both commercial and residential customers and within each range there are individually shaped profiles for doors and windows. Breaking it down even further, different shaped extrusions are required for window and door outer frames, sashes, casement vents, door leaves, glazing beads, bay poles, sills, mullions and transoms
Safety and Security of PVCu Doors
One of the many reasons for replacing your existing doors is the excellent safety and security features offered by the very latest advanced PVCu door systems. Old wooden doors tend to have poor locking systems and glazing which is fixed into the frame with either putty or an external quadrant bead held in with panel pins. Even the early PVCu frames offered very little in the way of resistance to potential burglars, with poor locking systems, external beads and frames without reinforcement.
For the best in safety and security, the latest PVCu doors should all have: –