Don’t underestimate role of PVC-U in flood resilience, warns Eurocell

Leading manufacturer Eurocell has highlighted the importance of PVC-U buildings in flood protection to homes in flooding-prone areas.

With insurance industry estimating the cost of flood damage between £900 million and £1.5 billion, Chris Coxon, Head of Marketing at Eurocell, pointed out that adding flood resistant and resilience can save homes “potentially threatened with disaster.”

He said:

 “It would be a significant overclaim to say that PVC-U windows and composite doors would play a major part in a ‘water exclusion strategy’, but there is no denying that their inherent weather tightness would at least slow the ingress of water to a degree.

“Keeping low water thresholds at bay for even short periods buying a little extra time for sandbagging or a chance to move furniture, valuables and appliances out of the way.”

Flood resistance refers to buildings constructed so that water cannot get into it while flood resilience means building houses such that while water may enter, the impact is reduced, structural strength is maintained and property recovery is easier and quicker.

These are respectively referred to as ‘water exclusion’ and ‘water entry’ strategies by the Government in its guidance Improving the Flood Performance of New Buildings –Flood Resilient Construction.

Coxon continued:

“PVC-U products – including fittings such as plastic skirtings – have an unequivocal and obvious contribution to make to flood resilience: being resistant to twisting, swelling, shrinking, rotting or warping – unlike the many porous timber windows and doors undoubtedly wrecked in the recent deluges”.

“Not only is this of benefit to the homeowner – who is saved the hassle of replacing ruined joinery items – but also to the insurance sector, reducing the cost of claims by thousands of pounds”.