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Emergency Shelters

Emergency shelters are structures that help the community in times of needs. Situations such as natural disasters or pandemics may cause many to need shelter and supplies. Vinyl panels are a clean and hygienic material that allows for easy maintenance in environments that involve food, water, and people.


Get vinyl panels for the emergency shelters

Shop online for plastic wall panels from Duramax e-store to save 40% on material charges and 50% on labor costs. Our 100% virgin vinyl panels are shipped in 2 weeks and available at factory-direct prices. So why shop for FRP panels when PVC is the better alternative? PVC plastic panels are a one-time investment for their durability, strength, and resilience. FRP panels might initially cost cheaper but are susceptible to callbacks making you spend more in the long run.

Case Studies

Emergency Shelter in
Carson City, CA

  • Type: Emergency Shelter
  • Location: Carson City, CA
  • Quantity: 2044 sq. ft.

Descriptions: Former law enforcement officer turned conservationist Joseph Barringer turned over a new chapter six years ago, when he went into business helping private citizens and governments establish emergency shelters for various purposes. These purposes include isolation zones for emergency COVID outbreaks, quick medical facilities that can be moved to problem zones without long construction cycles, temporary lodgings for people who have been displaced, and the homeless. The latter was of particular interest to Barringer who has worked with various charities to help the homeless for the last decade. At various points during his work in this sector, he reached out to us for a simple solution for the interior walls of these structures.

The PVC wall panels we suggested for Barringer’s shelters are called Duramax PVC Panels, a highly-regarded type of PVC wall panel that is ideal for emergency shelters. They are simple enough to install by one person in a relatively short amount of time compared to most other material types. This saves any operation the considerable cost of labor upfront, and the resilience of the panels saves in labor costs down the road. Further, the panels offer a seamless design that makes insulation easier and saves on heating and air. Using Duramax PVC wall panels, Barringer was able to cut costs across the board, and increase the efficiency of his emergency shelter operation.

The workers at the medical facilities were pleased with the antimicrobial properties of the PVC wall panels, which don’t allow bacteria to form beneath the surface. Maintaining a clean environment is a top priority for anyone working in the medical field. Similar benefits were in place for the makeshift homeless shelters that used our panels, since risk of exposure to the elements and dangerous diseases is even higher among these communities. In turn, we are pleased to have created a product that can be used practically, and for the benefit of so many people.


Emergency Shelter in
Albuquerque, NM

  • Type: Emergency Shelter
  • Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • Contractor:
  • Quantity: 2566 sq. ft.

Descriptions: Miriam lives in a small town with a population less than 6,000 citizens, near winding farmlands and great plains in the breadbasket of the country. She is a farmer herself, mostly working with small groups of breeding livestock and dogs, but also housing a handful of hatcheries that produce a good amount of eggs. Her husband Philip is a jack of all trades, serving as the town’s mailman, but also a part-time farmer around their homestead, and a general contractor. After hearing her husband discuss a job where he worked with PVC materials, and how much easier the materials are to handle, she got an idea.

In their flatland farming town, one of the most talked about concerns amoung her neighbors (and Miriam herself) is protecting her animals against sudden storms. Miriam knew that most people feared tornadoes coming to sweep away their sheep and cows were a real concern, but there was also concern over severe thunderstorms that damage their old wooden barns, causing water damage and flooding if the walls aren’t patched. This is when Miriam decided she would serve her community--and her own purse--by offering her husband’s expertise as a builder of emergency shelters. The above ground areas would give the farmers a place to store small animals if their wooden barns didn’t have room; underground shelters were for the tornados that always threaten lowlands.

We provided Miriam with Duramax PVC wall panels for both shelters, which we installed without complication. The lifetime durability on our panels made for the perfect addition to shelters that are only used during extreme circumstances, since the owners don’t have to worry about maintenance. The panels also provide an extra measure of storm-proofing, since they are made to resist moisture, water damage, and abrasions. The antibacterial properties of the panels were a bonus for emergency shelters made to house people and animals, since it eliminates the possibility of mold, but also helps keep each space safe from microscopic threats.


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Useful Links

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Installation was a breeze. I like how simple it is just screwing the panels in.

Eddie Christie, Birmingham, AL


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Mitch Locke, Arlington, TX


Easy to install and they look fantastic

Keith Gullick, San Diego, CA

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