Window shutters are a great addition to any window and living space, improving its aesthetic quality as well as providing several practical benefits. However, homeowners have many questions regarding shutters, especially if they are compatible with different types of windows, one of them being UPVC windows. For the uninitiated, UPVC stands for Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride, an economical yet durable building material that is often used for window frames. Now that the basics are out of the way, it’s time to know if shutters can be installed on these types of windows.
Are window shutters compatible with UPVC windows?
The short answer is yes, they can be easily fitted on UPVC windows. However, there might be a few challenges along the way.
The first thing to figure out is the mechanism and positioning of the various locks and handles. For example, if the windows have protruding handles, then the shutters need to be designed in such a way that the access to the handles isn’t affected. To mitigate this, custom shutter installers would probably leave a small gap between the shutter and the window rather than keeping it flush. This gap is typically attained with the help of a sub-frame, which will be fitted to the window and the positioning of the handles will be tested before installing a shutter.
Another factor to keep in mind is the warranty of the UPVC windows. If holes are drilled or screws are fixed on the window frame, then it pretty much nulls the warranty of the set-up. Instead, using bespoke sub-frames is a better solution to install shutters without tampering with the frame’s warranty.
In conclusion, barring a couple of minor complications, it is totally possible to install a beautiful shutter onto a UPVC window.
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