PVC frames in residential projects: strength and low maintenance

PVC frames in residential projects: strength and low maintenance

PVC, as the synthetic material Polyvinyl Chloride, or Polyvinyl Chloride, is called, is one of the most produced plastics in the world, reaching 40 million tons per year. Its application is quite diverse, and in construction it has found different branches, serving both as an input for infrastructure and as a finish.

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This material has performed well in the market, becoming an alternative for use in one of the most expensive elements of construction: frames. These are made of rigid PVC, resistant and easy to maintain, and in the long run can be more economical than aluminum or wood. It is a relatively new material in the construction production chain, but its advantages have conquered the industry and its use is becoming more and more frequent.

Due to its strength and lightness, PVC frames are suitable for medium or large glazed openings, while also being used in acoustic or thermal frames, isolating the interior environment from exterior noise or the local climate. The biggest problem with this material is that it is not as malleable as steel, for example, and requires strong section profiles to support itself – which makes it difficult to manufacture wispy frames or unconventional shapes. .

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Casa da Fazenda / ARCHITETARIA. Image © Guilherme Jordani

Frames with a white profile are the most common, however, it is possible to add layers of paint, films or even a layer of neutral colors or textures that imitate wood or metal.

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Apartment 203S – Arquitetos Marcílio II / CoDA. Image © Joana France

When it comes to a new project, it is possible to color the profile before the manufacture of windows and doors, thus ensuring a more uniform painting. However, when the frame is already installed, in the case of a renovation, it is also possible to paint it. Film finishes work like a kind of sticker that is applied to the ready-to-use frame, while covers are very thin layers that involve the PVC profile and can be metallic or have a wood texture.

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Re.canto (do eu) / Arquitetura27. Photo © Camila Santos
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Casa AR / NV Arquitetura. Image © Rpdois Imagens

Finally, PVC frames are increasingly used around the world, including in large housing projects, such as buildings or housing projects, precisely because they have a long life with little damage. maintenance, as seen in Berutti 160, by Comunello Felix Arquitetura, built in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, or in the Verdea Building, by Poggione + Biondi Arquitectos, in Miraflores, Peru. Since plastic does not corrode or have problems with pests such as termites, PVC frames are a good alternative, especially in environments with high humidity or maintenance difficulties.

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Berutti 160 / Comunello Felix Arquitetura. Image © Marcelo Donadussi
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Verdea / Poggione + Biondi Arquitectos. Image © Juan Solano Ojasi