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Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride windows are catching the fancy of customers, writes G.V. PRASADA SARMA

New trend:A UPVC window decked up for Independence Day in Visakhapatnam.— photo: C. V. SUBRAHMANYAM
New trend:A UPVC window decked up for Independence Day in Visakhapatnam.— photo: C. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Apart from its utilitarian use, a window has turned out to be an embellishment. Just as the residents look out on the world from the window some windows are stunners that attract attention.

By and large wood continues to be the dominant material for making windows. Increasing cost of wood, curing problems because it’s a natural material and importantly, getting a skilled carpenter to do the job is increasingly forcing people to turn to alternatives. Of late, aluminium windows have come to offer an alternative to the wood windows.

At the high-end, however, unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (UPVC) windows are catching the fancy of customers. UPVC window-makers say that the market for the product in the State is about 10 to 15 per cent of the total market over the last nine, ten years and is quite suitable to Indian weather conditions. “Wood still dominates the window market and those looking for an economic alternative are switching to aluminium,” says Deputy Manager (Coastal) of Fenesta M. Yaseen Ali.

He says 75 per cent of the demand for UPVC comes from upper middle class. Several housing projects in and around Visakhapatnam have used UPVC windows for all of their units. The cost ranges from Rs.500 an sft to Rs.2,000 depending upon the kind of glass used, sound-proofing, mosquito mesh and finish like rosewood or teak.

But there are people who prefer at least one room with UPVC window so that they can sleep peacefully if they can not afford for the entire house, says K.V. Ravi of Anil Enterprises. Professionals like doctors are also going in for them as it facilitates a quiet work atmosphere.

But people should guard against use of Chinese profiles that offer only sliding windows but not open models, says K. V. Pavan Kumar, Area Sales Executive of NCL Seccolor that makes the Wintech brand.

While the average builder is not offering UPVC as part of the package, individual buyers are now going in for UPVC because of the advantages, he says. Galvanised steel windows also come from NCL.

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