To understand recycling for this material, first you should know the difference. PVC is different to uPVC. As a flexible plastic, PVC is used to produce a wide variety of piping. Larger PVC pipes are often used in plumbing to distribute non-potable water. PVC piping can also be used to insulate electrical cables. uPVC is used as a replacement for wood in construction, such as in Nordic Garden Buildings, double glazed window frames and window sills.
Windows, PVC is not used for window frames, although some manufacturers may use “PVC” to refer to their uPVC windows. Instead, uPVC is used for window frames, as it does not decompose and is weather-resistant.
uPVC will not change shape under normal weather conditions, but it can be reshaped at very high temperatures. uPVC windows are more energy-efficient than those with wooden or metal frames. Moreover, uPVC can also be used for door frames and conservatories.
Other Uses, uPVC has fewer health concerns associated with it, it is found in medical and dental pieces.
Durability, because it is designed to be softer and more flexible than many other plastics, PVC is less durable than uPVC. However, both plastics are resistant to sunlight, oxidation, and a variety of chemicals.
All Nordic Garden Buildings contain recycled PVCu and are themselves 100% recyclable. This means no trees are cut down to make or decorate your Garden Room. PVCu Garden Buildings require zero maintenance which not only means you save time and effort - but also you don't have to buy and use wood paint or stain that are not always easily recyclable themselves. This makes a Nordic Garden Building have a lower carbon footprint overall compared to many other garden rooms made from wood.
There is a common misconception that uPVC is simply…. ‘plastic’ and due to the high profile issues around the use of plastic globally and the disposal. Nordic Garden Buildings are partners of VEKA Recycling - which have a plant dedicated to recycling old PVCu windows and doors, and is the source of the recycled PVCu pellets that go into the production of new Nordic Garden Buildings.
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