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Read why should you discard FRP wallboard instead install PVC wall panels

16 June, 2022

Fiberglass reinforced plastic panels are thin structures made from strong polyester resin reinforced with fiberglass. Wall and ceiling panels made of FRP were used in various sectors until PVC panels emerged as savior. While choosing wall and ceiling panels, the quality plays the most important role. Premium panels are made of Truss technology. It is a modern technology that is used to manufacture top quality panels. Vinyl panels are an alternative to FRP Panels, OSB, Drywall, or plywood. Vinyl panels have been invented to help clients overcome the drawbacks of FRP panels. Recently most businesses are shifting towards installing PVC panels.

Simple and faster PVC panel installation

Installing an FRP wallboard is a hassle and involves higher expenses. FRP wallboard installation needs OSB which is a type of engineered wood that looks similar to plywood, particleboard and drywall. PVC panels are made of ½ inch thick panels. This makes it standalone and you do not need backers. Installing FRP panels would also need fasteners, glue, screws and more. Two or more contractors are required to install FRP Panels. The panels have backers that absorb moisture into the walls and ceiling.

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 inside a unit. We suggest looking for FRP alternatives. 

Light-reflective and nontoxic PVC panels

Vinyl panels are light-reflective. They equally distribute the reflected light. This helps to lower your energy bills and you can save money every month. PVC panels are completely safe to use and do not release any toxic elements. Duramax panels do not release harmful gasses when burnt. The panels are not made of chemical agents.

Unlike FRP panels, PVC panels do not fade when they come in contact with sunlight. These panels have non-yellowing agents like titanium dioxide. Do not heat-emitting bulbs for ceiling-mounted lights on the ceiling as this could cause damage. Duramax panels are available in an elegant white color that do not get any yellowish tinge. FRP Panels are available in different colors but they are prone to fading out.


PVC panels are simple to clean and maintain

FRP Panels have uneven rough surfaces that are not easy to clean as they attract impurities. The cost of maintenance and cleaning gets higher when you install FRP Panels. Vinyl panels have a smooth surface that do not attract impurities and do not allow bacteria to survive beneath its surface. The PVC panels require simple cleaning and need no regular maintenance. Wipe the panels with a damp cloth and a mild cleaning agent. Do not bleach or use harsh abrasives as it will damage the surface of the panels. Wash the panels when needed without worrying about moisture seepage. Once you finish wiping the panels, dry it out to offer a non-streak finish.

PVC vs. FRP panels – Vinyl panels are a lifetime investment

Investing in a FRP wall board is no great savings. FRP panels cost a little less compared to PVC Panels. Do not be swayed by the low price of the former. FRP is not suitable for humid commercial interiors so the panels tend to warp, swell, delaminate and wear off within a few years. FRP Panels require higher installation and maintenance cost yet it is not a long-term solution. Vinyl panels are slightly more expensive than FRP Panels but the investment is worth it.

Vinyl panels are a single-time investment. The panels are extremely long-lasting so they are called lifetime solutions. Once installed, the panels do not need replacement for 100 years. Duramax PVC Panels cost $83.58 initially and the cost goes up by $5 when labor charges are added. But FRP Panels initially cost $70 which goes up by $141.50 post-installation. 

Certified PVC panels from Duramax

Duramax is a leading brand in the USA that designs PVC panels for more than 40 years. The panels are made from premium quality raw vinyl. Our PVC 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. Vinyl panels are 100% waterproof, they do not absorb moisture or soak humidity. The panels are coated with 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 panels do not react to chemicals and keep odor under control. A FRP wall board does not possess antimicrobial properties. Vinyl panels are cost-effective and can be recycled whereas FRP panels are impossible to recycle.

FRP panels are becoming obsolete

FRP Panels are not at all suitable for commercial interiors specially where there is humidity and dampness. All you can do is look for FRP alternatives. FRP Panels are gradually becoming obsolete due to the major drawbacks. Duramax customizes PVC panels based on your requirements and the budget. 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. Explore our online inventory for affordable vinyl panels. Invest in Duramax PVC sheets today.

Final words

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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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