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A detailed comparison between PVC and FRP – The fundamental in choosing the right material

24 May, 2021

High-quality PVC is widely used to manufacture wall and ceiling panels for commercial use. Now PVC panels are widely popular in the USA for covering damp walls and ceiling. There was a time when FRP panels were the only choice as they did not have any competitors. But now, vinyl panels are ruling the market as customers started discovering the advantages of vinyl panels compared to FRP. The manufacturing process and the techniques make PVC and FRP different from each other. 

High-quality vinyl is used to manufacture durable PVC panels resistant to heat, moisture, high pressure, chemical and fire. These panels do not attract moisture and have higher redundancy. On the other hand, FRP is not resistant to moisture which is now the greatest drawback. This is one reason why FRP Is not suitable for humid commercial interiors. 


PVC panels are durable

Duramax PVC panels are ASTM-certified, CFIA-certified and FDA-compliant. The panels have a 1-hour Class A fire rating which prevents fire hazards for up to 1 hour. Durability is a very big factor that makes the vinyl panels extremely long-lasting. The vinyl panels can last for more than a century as it has a longer shelf life. Duramax vinyl panels can last in great condition for more than 40-45 years without any repairs. FRP Panels delaminate within a year of installation. Most of the customers complain that FRP is not long-lasting even after heavy maintenance costs. So, installing FRP panels demands reinvestment. Most people who choose a second-time installation opt for vinyl panels. 

Cleaning – hassle free vs difficult cleaning

Cleaning is no hassle when it comes to vinyl panels. Also, the panels have a smooth surface which does not attract a lot of impurities. Hence, simple upkeep is good for the panels. But if required, you can wash the PVC panels without fearing water seepage. But FRP panels have a rough surface which is difficult to clean. Also, water seepage is one of the major concerns of the FRP Panels. 

Backers are not a boon

PVC panels that do not have backers. This ensures that humidity does not seep into the walls by any chance. So, the panels would stay intact and keep the walls in great condition. But if you are still thinking about whether FRP panels would also be suitable for commercial walls, we would suggest installing nothing but PVC. FRP wall panels have backers made of OSB, Drywall, or Plywood) that absorb a lot of humidity into the walls. Layers of moisture accumulate between the panels and the walls to give birth to mold, which delineates the panels and finally damages the walls.

Invest one time and remain sorted – Choice is yours

Do you think that FRP is lower in cost compared to PVC? Be wise to choose a lucrative deal. The FRP cost and the PVC cost are slightly different, but PVC is still affordable in the long run. FRP is initially a low investment, but post-installation, you need to spend a lot of money on maintenance and repairs. But the price of PVC panels is slightly on the higher side. It is worth it as the panels are a lifetime solution. Pay once, get the installation service and stay at peace. 

Order Duramax vinyl panels

If you were looking for FRP alternatives, PVC is a trustworthy solution. Are you planning to install vinyl panels? Explore the Duramax website for vinyl panels and customization. Duramax has been operating in the USA for more than 40 years. We are among the renowned vinyl wall panel suppliers in the country. We have a huge number of clients belonging from various industries. 

Book a free consultation with the Duramax experts. Ask for a free PVC panel sample and request a quote.


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Our panels are ASTM certified and FDA compliant; also quality checked. We ensured Kevin that the kitchen would be free from the fire outbreak. The panels have a -hour fire grade also chemical resistant.

Duramax is a top wall panel supplier in the USA. Visit our website for a free sample, get a free consultation and request a quote.

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