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uPVC - A better solution for users and the environment

Traditionally, wood materials have been used to protect and decorate the roofline of houses and buildings.

Whilst the beauty of wood cannot be denied, once sawed into planks it loses its resilience and needs regular treatment and painting to keep the timber at its best.

A few decades ago, people started to realise the benefits of uPVC – a building product designed for roofline and rainwater products. The benefits to the user speak for themselves; an attractive product that is maintenance-free for up to 20 years, easy to install and offers additional insulation.  Clearly, the benefits to the user are enormous, but how does uPVC affect the environment?


uPVC and the Environment

It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that wood must be more environmentally friendly than uPVC.

After all, surely it’s better to be using natural wood for our roofing requirements, rather than producing PVC materials that contain lead to do the same job?

It is true to say that cellular PVC requires a stabiliser to improve its performance – which in the past was frequently based on lead. However, recognising the possible detriment to the environment, both Swish and Freefoam have been offering lead-free PVC products for some time, thus eliminating any cause for concern.

In addition, wood needs regular treatment and painting – using stains and paints that themselves release large amounts of toxic vapours into the atmosphere.

In theory, wood should last a long time with the right treatment. The reality of the situation however, is that the necessary varnishing and painting simply doesn’t happen as frequently as it should – resulting in wood that needs replacing much earlier than expected.


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