When Montreal designer Piero Facchin designed his weekend retreat, he
chose PVC/vinyl for his windows and doors. "I didn't think twice," he
said. "Dollar for dollar, PVC has a great look at a reasonable cost -
often costing less than for other materials."
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MONTREAL, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Some people may still think that
PVC is limited to regular-sized windows and patio doors. However,
today's designs have proved that PVC windows and doors can be formed
into any shape, providing an almost unlimited variety of architectural
styling options. PVC windows and doors can be used in new construction,
renovation projects, and even in historical restorations. For example,
PVC patio doors can be over nine feet wide and PVC windows can be
designed in virtually any length. Piero Facchin has designed PVC
windows in excess of 11 feet long that wrap around corners. PVC's high
strength makes it ideal for these applications, since it is very
"I couldn't have done this with any other material for the same cost.
Not only is it clean-looking from a design perspective, but also very
easy to keep clean" says Facchin. "PVC windows and doors do not promote
the growth of mould or mildew, which make them ideal for any climate
including coastal and tropical areas."
PVC windows and doors also come in a wide range of colours. Since the
pigment is embedded throughout the window frame, they never need
painting, saving money and reducing ongoing environmental impact. In
addition, finishes are available to suit almost any design
specifications; including simulated wood and real wood laminates on
interior surfaces and capping with other materials like black aluminum
on exterior surfaces. They are also available in many styles such as
single or double-hung, sliders, fixed, casement or tilt-and-turn
"I don't see any limits to PVC windows" says Facchin, "special effects,
such as wood grain finishes are so lifelike, it's almost impossible to
tell the difference."
Facchin recently collaborated with Fulvio Febbo, architect from Laval,
on a large house where the clients accepted their recommendation of PVC
simulated oak for the windows. They loved the idea of not only saving
money, but also having little or no future maintenance.
"With today's advanced technology, I wouldn't hesitate to use PVC
windows and doors, since the design options are unlimited. In addition,
PVC windows and doors are good for the environment since they are
virtually maintenance-free, offer many decades of use and can be
recycled at the end of their useful life" says Facchin.
Piero Facchin has 30 years of experience in architecture and design. He
has a bachelor's degree from Montreal's UQAM school of design; a
master's degree in architecture from Université de Montréal. He has
also studied at McGill University, Harvard Graduate School of Design
and Schools of Architecture in Italy.
He now runs his own architecture and design consultancy firm,
STUDIOPROFIL, and continues to strive to create projects that combine
elegance and simplicity through form and function.
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Image with caption: "Studioprofil Architecture Design - Piero Facchin (CNW Group/CANADIAN PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110914_C3380_PHOTO_EN_3287.jpg
Image with caption: "Studioprofil Architecture Design - Piero Facchin (CNW Group/CANADIAN PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110914_C3380_PHOTO_EN_3288.jpg
Image with caption: "ACIP - AIPVFQ: Historic Restoration (CNW Group/CANADIAN PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110914_C3380_PHOTO_EN_3289.jpg
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