Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) deserves special attention because it accounts for the majority of total plastic used in construction.
What is PVC?
PVC is a thermoplastic resin that was accidently invented in the 1800s and has been in use since the 1920s. During the 1950s, PVC started to be produced in large volumes as new innovative uses were invented. PVC products rapidly became essential to the construction industry due to it’s resistance to light, chemicals and corrosion which made it the best option for building applications.
How is cellular PVC Manufactured?
Cellular PVC is PVC that has been extruded and whipped into a less dense aerated foam that results in a material with a shiny hard surface and the working characteristics and density of white pine. Because of these characteristics, cellular PVC can be cut, milled, shaped and routed just like wood with normal woodworking tools. The process used to make cellular PVC allows for milled edges that are smooth. Most cellular PVC is produced in a natural white color throughout, and while it never needs painting, it’s easy to custom finish. Cellular PVC is the perfect wood alternative - you’ll find that now, and in the future, there will be many uses of PVC.
The use of PVC has grown in popularity in the construction industry because of its benefits: excellent strength relative to its weight, durability, water resistance, and adaptability. Products made from PVC can be resistant to biodegradation and weather, and are effective insulators. The physical properties of PVC can be tailored for a wide variety of applications such as trim, fascia, decking, railing, fencing, siding, flooring, pipes, wire insulation, window frames, and roofing, among other aesthetically pleasing areas.
What Makes cellular PVC Important?
PVC is known for its versatility that meets the various needs of modern architecture. Many areas of residential and commercial buildings require upgrades and refurbishments. These areas often use wood or other short-term life materials which are prone to decay and damage from use, weather and insects. Cellular PVC can be used to renovate these areas adding much needed longevity. As a wood alternative, cellular PVC is resistant to weathering, rotting, shock and abrasion and in best of all wellestablished schemes ensures that a large proportion of PVC used in construction can be recycled at the end of their useful lives.
Cellular PVC is replacing traditional building materials such as wood, concrete and metals in many applications because of its versatility, long-term cost-effectiveness and excellent record of use.
How Does PVC conserve nature and resources?
PVC products have an important role to play in helping improve people’s lives and conserve natural resources in a world that is growing in population, with everincreasing demands for water, sanitation, energy, health services and economic security. In combination with the cost-performance and good properties PVC will remain a building material of choice with improvements of the production processes and the management of waste recycle program support this excellent product-performance.
IPG (Inteplast Group) is a pioneer in synthetic wood. The Veranda HP cellular PVC boards have the look and feel of real wood. As a cellular PVC manufacturer, IPG has been developing high-quality, durable synthetic wood since 1991 and has the expertise in product formulation and innovation that is unmatched in the industry.