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Cellular PVC Trim & Moulding

Advantages of Cellular PVC Products

Low Maintenance Alternative to Wood

Polyvinyl chloride has long been recognized as one of the most durable and installer-friendly building materials on the market, and cellular PVC trim is no exception. PVC trim is not a new idea. In fact, PVC profiles were available as early as 1970, though recent developments in manufacturing techniques and processing aids have made cellular PVC trim an increasingly popular choice of homeowners and building professionals.

Homeowners love PVC trim because it is virtually maintenance free and it complements all exterior cladding materials, including vinyl, wood, stucco, fiber cement, and brick. Installers prefer it because cellular PVC trim is lightweight and durable and it can be installed using ordinary woodworking tools. Architects and builders specify PVC trim because it can be milled and routed, and heat formed into curved shapes for architectural windows and custom designs.

Vi-Lux’s cellular PVC products have advantages over solid rigid vinyl and is an excellent substitute for wood products in many applications. Cellular PVC is less dense than solid rigid PVC and as a result is more economical. As wood prices escalate, cellular PVC is a cost effective and ecologically sound substitute to wood. Foamed PVC products handle in the same way as wood. In addition, cellular PVC is a maintenance free, rot resistance alternative requiring no priming or painting. When compared to pine, cellular PVC products outperform pine in impact strength, water absorption and resistance to burning.

Vinyl (PVC) material characteristics

  1. Maintenance-Free
  2. Requires no painting/finishing
  3. Resistant to heat loss or gain
  4. Resists condensation
  5. Waterproof – unaffected by water
  6. Resistant to moist, salt-laden air, pollution, airborne chemicals
  7. Impervious to insects
  8. Insulates against noise
  9. Flame retardant (ASTM D635-03) – will not support combustion
  10. Material is cost competitive
  11. Material is energy efficient to produce, recyclable
  12. Limited production scrap is reusable
  13. Consistent quality
  14. Will not chip, warp, peel or splinter
  15. Resistant to fungus and mildew
  16. Works like wood – can be sawed, nailed, screwed, glued or stapled
  17. Rich satin finish is durable, resists scratches and dents
  18. Added UV inhibitors prevent yellowing of product
  19. Product can be heat bent
  20. Can be painted with acrylic paint or oil based paint
  21. Thermal expansion rate is less than rigid PVC and equivalent to pine (ASTM D696-03)

VS wood

  1. Paint can fade, streak, flake, peel – must be repainted periodically
  2. Vulnerable to water damage
  3. Swells, rots, deteriorates in moist, salt-laden air, from pollution and airborne chemicals
  4. Subject to insect damage
  5. Structurally rigid
  6. Subject to shrinking, swelling, bowing, warping and cracking
  7. Subject to impact damage – denting, splintering
  8. Will support combustion – burns readily
  9. Prices rising dramatically – supply fluctuates Energy intensive to produce
  10. Milling of trees produces tremendous waste, cutting of trees depletes forests, etc.
  11. Requires finishing and preservative treating which can contribute to “greenhouse” effect, depletes ozone