Welcome to PVC Foam!
The thermoplastic polymer polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is one of the most useful substances ever discovered by man. It is valuable because of its resistance to biological and chemical corrosion, and because it is durable and inexpensive to produce. It is easy to cut or roll and has a high stiffness- to- weight ratio; nor does it give off any dangerous gas when being handled. As a result, it is widely used for construction purposes. More PVC is produced than of any other plastic except polyethylene and polypropylene. It can be made into a foam, which can then be shaped into boards or cores for various uses, some of which are described below.
1) Uses for PVC foam
Since 1972, ear plugs have been made out of PVC foam. They can provide a 25- decibel reduction in noise level. The clothing industry, too, has made use of PVC because it is cheaper than many traditional materials, such as leather and rubber; its waterproof nature makes it especially valuable for raincoats, bags, and shoes. PVC can also provide insulation for electric wires and provide fire retardant. Pipes made out of PVC are lightweight and resistant to corrosion and rust, so most of the underground city pipes in the United States and Canada are constructed out of this material. A film of PVC is commonly used for the stripes on racing cars. PVC ceiling tiles are easy to install or glue onto almost any surface as long as it is flat.
2) Uses for PVC foam boards
Closed- cell PVC foam boards, which are even lighter than other forms of PVC, have found use in signs, and in the construction of aircraft and yachts. They are also used for signs, as they can be made thicker without being made heavier (this can result in additional costs being saved). One form of PVC, marketed under the trade name of Celtec, is especially useful for signage and for various other applications on both the inside and outside of a building— it is a great insulator, it can be painted easily, it absorbs little water, and best of all, its UV package gives it a long life.
3) Uses for PVC foam cores
Some core products on the market include the following (these and other products can be viewed in detail at several great PVC foam distributors around the USA.):
- prefab house panels that can be used in walls, floors, or roofs. Has “good heat preservation.”
- bulky volume pillow water tanks. Easy to operate, can be folded when empty.
- Waterstops— prevent water from moving through the concrete joints of various structures, from stadiums to canals to tunnels
- WPC billboards— used for siding
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