Can I Buy Coloured UPVC Windows & How Much Will They Cost?
Even though white is a colour that can suit just about every property, having different coloured UPVC windows in your home could be a case of personal preference.
You may, however, need to fit windows that are sympathetic in style to those already in place due to some kind of local planning requirement.
Whichever the case, if you are using UPVC units, then here is a short guide to your options for coloured UPVC Windows.
Types of UPVC Coloured window finishes.
In a nutshell, there are 2 choices when it comes to how the colour is applied to the UPVC window profiles (frames)
- Paint Sprays
- Laminated Foils
SPRAY PAINTED UPVC WINDOWS
No rocket science here. The frames are sprayed with a coloured paint either at the factory or once installed. Having the windows spray painted “in-situ” is often done where someone wants to change the colour of their existing windows.
Historically, there have been issues with the paint fading & peeling after a few years, but modern paint technology has advanced a lot.
These days you can find paints that are specifically manufactured to use with PVCu, uPVC, PVC or other hard plastic such as ABS, polycarbonate, acrylic and polyester powder coatings.
This type of paint bonds with the surface of the UPVC and is guaranteed to stay bonded for at least 10 years (kolorbond.co.uk).
- Available in almost any colour.
- Gloss, Satin or Matt finish.
- Pearlescent or metallic finish.
- Scratch & UV resistant (fade resistant).
The advantages of spray painted UPVC windows is the wide range of colour choice.
Care is advised when choosing your contractor to apply “in-situ” coatings. Do your research and use only a highly experienced and reputable company.
LAMINATED FOIL COLOURED UPVC WINDOWS
Coloured foils for UPVC frames use a totally different process to paint and can only be applied at factory level during manufacture.
Basically, the process is to lay a coloured “skin” or foil onto the surface of the frames and then effectively bake it on. This process makes the coloured foil securely bond or “fuse” to the surface of the frame.
This process also allows for the foil to have a texture and so timber-grain effect surface finishes can be created. This wood-grain effect mimics the appearance of real timber and looks very nice indeed.
The only real disadvantage when compared to spray painted UPVC windows is the reduced range of colours available. There are probably about 20 colours in the market, with a typical range per installer of about 12 to 14 colours, plus wood-grain effect.
- Black / Brown
- Chartwell Green
- Light Oak
- Pearl Grey / Anthracite Grey
Interesting colours you might want to consider
- Dark Red
- Dark / Royal Blue
- Olive Green
- Crown Platinum
There is also the option to have one colour on the outside of the window and a different colour on the inside.
For example, you could combine a mahogany exterior with a white interior or Black / Brown outside and cream inside – you can combine any way you like
A lighter or white interior frame can also give the optical illusion that it is thinner when viewed from inside the house.
How much do coloured UPVC windows cost for the average house?
Firstly, having any other colour, other than white, will add to the basic cost of the window unit. This could be around 10% to 20% depending on the supplier.
The total windows cost for the average house will also depend upon the design. For example, Sash windows cost more than casement windows and a Bay window will cost more than a ‘flat” window. So please bear this in mind.
Coloured UPVC Windows Price Guide
UPVC windows cost for the average house
The above prices are a rough guide and may not accurately represent the cost of new windows for your home. Best way to get an accurate price is to have the work surveyed and get a written quote (or three!)
It takes under a minute to just send us a few basic details and we will arrange for free written quotes from accredited installers Nationwide.