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Are PVCu windows right for your project?

A budget-conscious option that has many other advantages – including, increasingly, good aesthetic appeal – PVCu windows shouldn’t be overlooked until you’ve done all the research, says Emily Brooks
The Residence 7 window can be mechanically jointed for a traditional effect, or welded for a contemporary feel
This Nottinghamshire home combines Rehau Total70 PVCu windows in anthracite grey with an oak-framed gable entrance

Visit almost any street in the UK, and you’re going to see plenty of PVCu windows. They’ve become the industry standard for lots of reasons: they’re inexpensive, secure, low-maintenance and it’s easy to find an installer. But on that same street you’ll probably also find the reasons why PVCu gets a kicking from certain quarters: chunky frames that have replaced slim, flush timber originals and look wrong with the style of the house; and gleaming white finishes when perhaps another colour would be more appropriate.

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Looking for ideas and practical advice to help you create a tailor-made home that suits your lifestyle perfectly? The July issue of Build It has you covered. Here's a sneak peek at what's inside: - Self-build secrets: 10 things you need to know before you build - How to get planning permission for your extension - PVCu windows: are they the right choice for your project? - The best ways to insulate foundations - Going off-grid: options for heating & electrics - Budgeting basics: how to get an accurate estimate for your build ...and more!