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Discard FRP Panels and install PVC panels for a lifetime

09 May, 2022

We do not say that FRP Panels were not popular but only until PVC panels came into the market. Vinyl panels came after ample research to help get rid of the disadvantages of FRP Panels. Fiberglass reinforced plastic panels are thin structures made from strong polyester resin reinforced with fiberglass. FRP Panels have been preferred over wood, concrete, wood and other solid surfaces. But again reinforced plastic loses its water-resistant properties during the manufacturing process. This makes FRP Panels unsuitable for damp commercial interiors. PVC panels emerged as its biggest competitor in the market. Now, businesses are more interested in taking off old FRP panels and installing PVC panels.


What is polyvinyl chloride (PVC)? 

Plastics, also known as synthetic resins, are classified into two categories: thermosetting and thermoplastic resins. Thermosetting resin includes melamine and phenolic resin hardened with heat and never softened again. Thermoplastic resin includes PVC, polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene and all of these can be softened by heating. Different additives and pigments are added to the PVC while processing and the blend is converted to PVC products. 


PVC vs. FRP panels – the cost factor and longevity discussed 

Do you think the FRP wall panel offers great savings? You need to get the concepts right before you place an order. FRP panels cost a little less compared to PVC Panels. Do not be swayed by the low price because it is far less efficient than PVC panels. Initially you invest less in FRP Panels but gradually you realize that the cost of maintenance is getting higher. FRP Panels require frequent repairs and maintenance compared to PVC panels. Vinyl panels are slightly more expensive than FRP Panels but the investment is worth it. Vinyl panels are a single-time investment or a lifetime solution. Once installed the PVC panels do not require replacement. It is good to invest for once and not invest any further in repairs and heavy maintenance. FRP Panels cannot endure extremities, they peel off or delaminate within a few years post-installation. PVC Panels can last for a century and a minimum of 45-50 years without heavy maintenance. You can imagine the long shelf life of vinyl panels. 


Simple and quick PVC panel installation

Installing an FRP wallboard is never that easy. The panels have backers that absorb moisture into the walls and ceiling. The installation process is complex so two or more contractors can install the panels. The process is usually not completed in a single day and requires ample materials. On the other hand, PVC panels are simple and easy to install. The panels are attached to the studs and there are hidden fasteners. This makes them reusable. The panels do not have backers so they do not absorb moisture and dampness. Duramax panels have interlocking tongues and grooves for faster installation. A single contractor can install the panels within 7-8 hours maximum inside a unit. 


Easy to clean – PVC panels 

FRP Panels have uneven rough surfaces that are not easy to clean as they attract impurities. The cost of maintenance and cleaning increases when you install FRP Panels. The PVC panels require simple cleaning and no regular maintenance. Wipe the panels with a damp cloth and a mild cleaning agent. Do not bleach or use harsh abrasives. Wash the panels when needed without worrying about moisture penetration. 


Non-toxic and light-reflective PVC panels 

Do you know that PVC panels can help you save money? The light-reflective panels equally distribute the reflected light. You have the scope of installing a lesser number of lights. This helps to lower your energy bills and you can save every month. Being an FRP alternative, PVC panels are completely safe to use. The panels do not release harmful gasses like nitrous oxide on burning. The panels are not toxic because they do not have chemicals inside them. Unlike FRP panels, PVC panels are resistant to fading due to sunlight. These panels have non-yellowing agents like titanium dioxide. But, you must not use heat-emitting bulbs for ceiling-mounted lights on the ceiling as the panels could get damaged. Choose an energy-efficient LED. 


Certified PVC panels – Duramax

Duramax is a leading brand in the USA that has designed PVC panels for more than 40 years. The vinyl panels are made from premium quality virgin vinyl. Vinyl panels are 100% waterproof, they do not absorb moisture or humidity. The panels are coated with antifungal or antibacterial coating to prevent mold or bacterial growth. Duramax PVC panels are ASTM-certified, CFIA-certified and FDA-compliant. They are facilitated with a Class A, 1-hour fire rating. Duramax panels are lightweight, non-porous and can be recycled 7 times more than FRP Panels. The vinyl panels do not react to chemicals and keep odor under control. The raw vinyl used determines the quality of the PVC panels. 


It Is a win-win scenario for PVC panels

Comparing the FRP wall panel vs. PVC panel, the latter wins after considering all the aspects. PVC panels are gradually replacing traditional wall and ceiling panels including FRP Panels. We customize PVC panels based on your requirement. Our panels are used across a wide range of commercial purposes, including car washes, commercial kitchens, restaurants, grow rooms, breweries, fisheries, wet rooms, shipping containers, riding stables, etc. Explore our inventory for customized PVC panels for various industries like Duramax vinyl panels that are shipped to your project site within 2 weeks directly from the factory. Book a free consultation with our experts. Duramax panels once installed don’t require replacement. We offer a money back guarantee. 


Why invest in FRP wall panels when PVC panels have become this popular and have many advantages? Invest in Duramax PVC sheets today. 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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