Discover The Fade Resistance Of Quality uPVC Windows


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Discover The Fade Resistance Of Quality uPVC Windows

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Colored uPVC windows have become increasingly popular due to their aesthetic appeal and the wide range of color options available. However, one of the concerns developers often have is the potential for these windows to fade over time.

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In this article, we will discuss what steps are taken to prevent colored uPVC windows from fading at all and provide valuable tips to help you maintain the color and quality of your windows.

No, Not All Colored uPVC Windows Fade

Contrary to popular belief, colored uPVC windows are designed to resist fading, thanks to a UV-resistant foil applied to the windows. This foil undergoes rigorous testing in our own weathering center, simulating time-lapse weather conditions. The latest generation of outdoor films performs about 50 percent better than earlier types in terms of weather resistance.

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There are extensive testing processes, including exposure testing in locations like Southern France, Florida, Arizona, and Australia. In particular, our Arizona outdoor exposure testing facility stands out as one of the largest desert exposure facilities globally, offering high-intensity sunlight and extreme temperatures.

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Arizona’s unique climate, with high UV levels and soaring temperatures, makes it an ideal location for testing materials’ durability. The exposure techniques, including direct exposure, under glass exposures, black box tests, AIM box simulations, and Q-TRAC natural sunlight concentrator, ensure comprehensive evaluation. These tests cover aspects such as mechanical strength loss, thermal expansion effects, maximum service temperature studies, color change, fading, and gloss loss.

The main reason why colored uPVC windows may fade is due to poorly chosen windows. Some developers may opt for low-quality PVC or Vinyl windows in an attempt to cut costs or neglect to consider the specific requirements for preventing color fading. By choosing the right windows and taking the necessary preventive measures, you can enjoy the benefits of colored uPVC windows without worrying about fading.

The Main Reason for uPVC Window Discoloration

The main reason why uPVC windows may experience color fading is prolonged exposure to sunlight. Colored uPVC windows are susceptible to fading when exposed to the ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight. Over time, these rays can break down the pigments in the uPVC material, causing the color to fade gradually. Additionally, harsh weather conditions like heavy rain, strong winds, and temperature fluctuations can also contribute to uPVC window fading.

Characteristics of Windows Resistant to Fading

To prevent colored uPVC windows from fading, it is important to choose windows that are specifically designed to resist fading. Here are some key characteristics to look for in uPVC windows that are resistant to fading:

  1. UV Resistance: Look for uPVC windows that are UV resistant. These windows have added protection against the harmful UV rays that can cause color fading. UV resistant windows are designed to withstand prolonged exposure to sunlight without significant fading.
  2. Color Manufacturing Process: Opt for uPVC windows that undergo a color manufacturing process rather than being spray-painted. Windows that are manufactured with color integrated throughout the material are less likely to fade compared to windows that are spray-painted.
  3. Quality Materials: Choose uPVC windows that are made from high-quality materials. Reputable manufacturers use superior materials that are less prone to fading. Ensure that the windows you choose meet industry standards and are backed by warranties.
  4. Energy Efficiency: Energy efficiency windows are designed to have a lower heat transfer rate, which can help reduce the impact of sunlight on the uPVC material. These windows can help minimize the fading caused by UV rays.

By considering these characteristics when selecting colored uPVC windows, you can significantly reduce the chances of fading and ensure the longevity of your windows’ color.

How Vistaza Addresses Fading Window Frames

At Vistaza, our windows are manufactured using a specialized color manufacturing process that ensures the color is integrated throughout the material. This eliminates the need for spray painting, which can be prone to fading. Additionally, our windows are UV resistant, providing added protection against the harmful effects of sunlight.

To further enhance the durability and color retention of our uPVC windows, we use high-quality materials that meet industry standards, and our windows are backed by warranties, giving you peace of mind knowing that your investment is protected.

Contact us to learn more about our range of colored uPVC windows and how we can help prevent fading in your window frames.

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