South Africa – Exelliq, the world’s leading supplier of extrusion lines, toolings and turnkey plants for profile extrusion, presented a webinar hosted by the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) on the numerous benefits of using PVC windows, doors and profiles. Gerhard Hoffman, Head of Product Design & Innovations at Exelliq, discussed the growing popularity of PVC fenestration products in Europe, South Africa and around the world by highlighting the various advantages they offer to the window industry, building developers or investors to create suitable PVC fenestration profiles.
PVC windows and doors have become the preferred choice for many homeowners and developers due to their affordability, energy efficiency and eco-friendliness. With a market share of around 50% in Europe, PVC windows are increasingly being used in both new construction and renovation projects. The growth of the PVC fenestration market has been significant since it was first introduced in the 1960s, and predictions suggest that it will continue to grow to reach approximately ~50 billion USD by 2028, and ~260 billion USD by 2030 according to Mordor Intelligence.
“South Africa has been identified as a growth area for PVC windows and doors, with increased spending on housing infrastructure, proliferating demand for uPVC profiles, rising replacement of aging infrastructure, and growing building activities,” Hoffman said. He discussed the numerous advantages of using PVC windows and doors, including resistance to salt atmosphere, UV radiation, and rain impact. The chambers within the frames also reduce sound and they are highly smudge-resistant and insect-proof. Additionally, PVC windows require low maintenance, offer excellent security features, and are fire-resistant. They are also 100% recyclable, making them an environmentally friendly choice.
“PVC windows and doors offer a long lifespan of approximately 50 years, making them a durable and cost-effective investment for homeowners and developers. Once they need to be replaced, these profiles are 100 % recyclable. Moreover, the best price/insulation ratio makes PVC windows and doors a smart investment, especially when compared to other materials such as aluminium. PVC windows and doors offer a vast range of design possibilities to meet market needs and offer a considerable price advantage due to lower production costs,” Hoffman explained.
PVC framed windows and doors can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 48-61% compared to aluminium framed windows. This reduction in emissions makes them an ideal choice for environmentally conscious homeowners and developers. The benefits of PVC windows and doors are making them increasingly popular and in demand by the discerning homeowner.
Monique Holtzhausen, CEO of SAVA stated: “We are very excited about the growth potential of PVC windows and doors in South Africa. Together with our members, our goal is to help the end-market, i.e. homeowners and developers make informed decisions when choosing fenestration products that offer energy efficiency, durability, and eco-friendliness and were manufactured in line with SAVA’s Product Stewardship Commitments”.
“The benefits of using PVC windows and doors are numerous and undeniable – making them a smart investment for homeowners and developers alike. They are affordable, energy-efficient, durable, eco-friendly, and offer a range of design possibilities. With the PVC fenestration market predicted to grow significantly in the coming years, Exelliq is well-positioned to meet the demand for high-quality, innovative PVC profiles that offer value and sustainability. We are committed to producing high-quality, innovative PVC profiles that meet the needs of the market and help our clients create beautiful and sustainable homes and buildings,” Hoffman concluded.