UPVC Windows: Contemporary, Affordable and Long Lasting Alternatives to Wood Pitiably, uncontrolled and unregulated exploitation of forest tracts and felling of trees for commercial use has lead to mass deforestation which has resulted in the price of timber and wood based products multiplying many times over in the last decade. More over the specter of global warming and climate change is hanging like a shadow over our senses, to which we have been a great contribution. Designers as well as home owners are on the constant look out for environment friendly, cheaper and viable alternatives to wood and wood based products, chiefly due to the price factor and also due to the frequent maintenance need of wood doors, frames, furniture and windows. Over recent years, UPVC has grown in to a very popular material of choice in the construction and interior design industry. Any discerning builder and home owner is sure to think about the materials he would use in building the home or building, due to a multiplicity of reasons – mainly the cost, security and the estimated life span of the material. Designers choose UPVC over other materials like aluminium, cast iron, wood and other available options for the window and door designs primarily due to its weather resistant properties as much as it offers strength and aids ease of use and maintenance. The frames of windows and doors are also made of UPVC due to its sturdy nature in addition to its properties of withstanding diverse and extreme weather conditions. UPVC is the low cost, low maintenance solution to every window and door design, with no or minimum need for post installation servicing and care. Also UPVC is an inherently chemically inert material which coupled with its toughness gives it the best option for durability over the other available materials. UPVC windows offer the best kind of insulation against outdoor noises, sounds and a diverse range of weather conditions, better than any other material in use such as wood, iron and aluminium. UPVC windows and frames are good at maintaining indoor warmth from permeating outside and outdoor noises from entering indoors. The multi boundary set up of UPVC windows and door units aid to create the extra acoustic insulating properties, which is unfounded in other materials in use. Windows and doors made of UPVC offer more advantages than that of their alternatives as it does not rot, warp or peel like wood and unlike iron or aluminium, it wouldn’t rust. And the quality and longevity of UPVC windows and frames is many times more compared to their counterparts. Metal balances rather than sash cords provide smooth, easily controlled opening and closing of the best made UPVC windows. A simple tilt catch mechanism is all it takes to allow the window sash to tilt inwards to enhance your natural ventilation options. It also aids in easy cleaning of the pane. Severe and thorough testing during production of the UPVC windows, frames and doors have aided in designing tightly weather sealed windows, doors and frames that prevent draughts and rattles which windows usually develop in high wind areas. The author of this article has expertise in doors and windows. The articles on windows sash reveal the authors knowledge on the same. The author has written many articles on timber windows as well.