Cleaning and Maintaining uPVC Windows and DoorsSeptember 29, 2016
Moulds are a type of fungus that play an important role in helping with the bio-degradation of natural materials like food, plants and trees. Although usually fuzzy in appearance, mould can be a number of different colours, including green, blue and black. We are exposed to mould spores every day and in small amounts, they are harmless.
However, while mould organisms have a useful role in the outdoor world, they are an eyesore in the home and can contribute towards a number of health problems, especially if you have allergies or asthma. In fact, even among people without such problems, mould can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, lungs and skin.
Household mould is a common problem in New Zealand and many other countries around the world, because it thrives on moisture. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimise the risks of mould developing in your home and the installation of uPVC windows is one of the most effective methods.
Where Does Mould Grow?
Because moulds depend on the presence of moisture, the most problematic places within the average household are commonly damp rooms, such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements and laundry rooms. Yet, mould can appear in other places as well, including bedrooms and living rooms, so it is important to keep an eye out.
Examples of the places mould is most likely to develop are walls, floors, skirting boards, windows and shower curtains. Furthermore, it may start to develop on your carpet, sofa, or on tables and chairs.
The Advantages of uPVC Windows
As a general rule, older houses in New Zealand are more likely to develop mould than newer houses and this is because many of them still have old, single-glazed windows, where the frames are made from either wood or aluminium. These old-style windows are likely to lead to both cold and humidity within the house, creating the perfect conditions for mould to appear and grow all year long.
Moulds that are caused by cold and humidity are some of the most dangerous for people, often leading to coughing, sneezing, irritation, breathing difficulties and even asthma attacks.
By contrast, installing double-glazed uPVC windows can help to create a warm and healthy environment within the home, even when there are very high or very low temperatures outside. These windows allow light in, but keep extreme temperatures and weather at bay, while also offering natural resistance to moisture.
Double-glazed uPVC windows are easy to care for and keep clean, and are completely airtight. As a consequence, the conditions are not right for unsightly and potentially harmful mould to form in the first place. This means uPVC windows can lead to greater peace of mind and improved health for you and your family.
It is worth noting that, in addition to offering protection from mould, uPVC windows are low maintenance, will not start to rot, are resistant to fire and provide great security benefits. They will also help you to make energy savings and, in some instances, can even increase the value of your home.
Kiwi Windows can help to make your home a comfortable, mould-free and healthy environment today.