What is uPVC? And why do we use it for decking?
Published on April 30, 2020
The Mayfield Group are proud to offer two ranges of uPVC decking to our customers, our cost-conscious Focus Decking and the luxury Hampton Decking. But what is uPVC? What is the difference between uPVC and PVC? Why use uPVC for decking? Find out more about the benefits of uPVC in construction and it’s environmentally-friendly properties in this blog post.
What is uPVC?
What is the difference between uPVC and PVC?
The uPVC that we use for decking is a sustainable thermoplastic, which can be re-melted and is therefore recyclable. uPVC stands for Unplasticised Poly Vinyl Chloride, and offers more durability and longevity than PVC. Due to its rigidity, uPVC (sometimes referred to as PVCu) is widely used as a replacement for timber in the construction industry. As well as decking and deck boards, you might also find uPVC in vinyl windows and doors.
Why use uPVC for decking?
Benefits of uPVC.
uPVC is Versatile and Durable
uPVC is a trusted material that is widely recognised as safe for usage in packaging and construction. There is an extensive list of uses for PVCs, including, packaging, pipes, flooring, windows, leisure, cables, medical and tensile roofs. Light, durable and long-lasting, uPVC is ideal for decking and other construction applications.
uPVC has a Good Carbon Footprint
The British Plastics Federation, found that PVC is made from 57% common salt and only 43% oil, meaning that is took less non-renewable fossil fuels to make PVC than any other commodity plastic. They also found evidence that PVC used less primary energy in production and had a relatively small carbon footprint. When producing our decking, we use up to 80% recycled uPVC, which uses much less energy that sourcing and importing virgin materials.
Better Value and Energy Efficiency
When it comes to windows, uPVC is so popular because of its excellent cost-to-performance ratio and impact on BFRC profiles. PVC-based windows account for the most BFRC ‘A’ rated energy efficient windows. uPVC can also offer this to flooring and decking projects, for instance, our uPVC skirting can help you prevent heat loss to your property.
Our Decking Fully Recyclable
The British Plastics Foundation predicted that over 800,000 tonnes of PVC would be recycled annually by 2020. The Mayfield Group is proud to offer 100% recyclable decking to our customers. Our uPVC reprocesses well and can be broken down and reintroduced into the uPVC production process. When purchasing a sundeck from The Mayfield Group, our customers can be assured that they are investing in top quality, eco-friendly, fully recyclable decking products with the very best ‘green’ credentials.
Resistant to Weathering and Fading
The Mayfield Group uses uPVC for decking board and accessories as the thermoplastic is lightweight and well-equipped to withstand the harshest weather conditions, decreasing the maintenance requirements and costs to our customers. The composition does not biologically decompose, retains its shape and can resist weathering and dampness. You won’t need to worry about fading either, the composition does not discolour in extreme sunlight.
uPVC Decking by The Mayfield Group
To find out more about our uPVC decking solutions and sundeck accessories, contact The Mayfield Group on 01202 233959. Download our brochure for decking inspiration and to see our wide range of Hampton Decking accessories.