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PVC Cladding is a Very Attractive Option
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PVC cladding can offer benefits that are not available from other cladding materials. Aluminum, fiber cement, stucco, stone and timber are the other materials used for wall claddings.

One major benefit is cost. Wall cladding cost includes materials, labor and finish during installation, and maintenance requirements thereafter. PVC cladding is typically designed with ease of installation in mind, with consequent savings in labor costs. PVC does not need any finishing like painting. These factors make installation of PVC claddings the lowest cost option.

PVC cladding also does not need much maintenance. Washing with water and a mild detergent can make it look like new. It does not degrade by exposure to UV light, and can even filter UV light while letting in light to interiors (where PVC is used in translucent curtain walls etc).

Environmental Aspects

PVC is a plastic and like all plastics, it is mostly not recyclable. New PVC scrap and cuttings can be recycled, while used material might be used as core (with a coating of new plastic) in panels.

On the other hand, it does not cause air pollution like painting and does not use as much energy as aluminum.

PVC is Hygienic, Versatile and Workable

PVC cladding does not accumulate difficult-to-remove dirt. Any superficial dust can be washed off. It does not result in significant condensation and does not shed particles to any significant degree. Any surface water can be easily wiped off or dried out.

PVC is a preferred material for cladding walls in hotels, restaurants, hospitals, diaries and such establishments where hygiene is important. PVC cladding makers typically take care to conform to the hygiene standards prescribed in relevant regulations.

PVC is versatile and can be produced to incorporate different properties needed for different requirements. Colors, heat resistance, resistance to chemicals, fire resistance, insulation properties etc can be controlled while making PVC sheets. This makes it possible to select the right kind of sheets for different environments.

PVC is a workable material that can be bent and cut to meet needs during installation. The sheets are often designed to enhance such workability. This feature makes it easier to cover walls completely and neatly using PVC cladding.

PVC Cladding is Great Looking and Easy to Install

With a range of colors, patterns and smooth or matte surfaces, PVC cladding can provide the kind of look you prefer. They can be selected to suit special themes and produce different kinds of decorative effects.

PVC cladding systems typically come with profiles and trims that make them easy to install. Panels might be designed for flush interlocking, and to hide fasteners such as nails used to fix them to walls.

Conclusion

PVC cladding is great on many counts. They are hygienic and can create pleasing interiors. Their properties can be tailored to meet special needs like resistance to heat, chemicals, fire and UV light. PVC is a workable material that can be bent or cut to suit local needs.

It is easy to install PVC cladding systems. They are typically designed to fit flush, with interlocking panels and other devices, and come with finishing accessories like profiles and trims. They can even be designed to keep all fasteners invisible and behind the scenes.

Alan Matchett B.Eng, Director IPSL, advisor to plastics industry and article writer for http://www.ipsluk.co.uk

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I am interested in ideas for backsplashes for my kitchen above my countertops they are formica. The countertop do not sit flush against my wall that is a concern of mine. As well as cost.
April 12, 2011 12:47:52
Susan Klein Says

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