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Vinyl panel is one of the most affordable drywall alternatives

03 March, 2023

Do you have drywall installed inside your commercial interior that is getting wet due to moisture? This is one of the biggest disadvantages of drywall. It becomes saturated and loses its structural integrity. Do the panels have bent, bulged, and warped? It is time to replace those with any of the affordable drywall alternatives before the interior gets infected by bugs or mold. Even the walls and ceiling can collapse if exposed to further moisture. So, do you need to replace the drywall if it is wet? Primarily, you might use a coat of spackle and paint it, but eventually, the walls and ceiling would get damaged beyond repairs. 

PVC panels – are 100% moisture-resistant and drywall is not

Drywall is made of white gypsum sandwiched between two thick exterior papers. It is easy to use but has too many downsides compared to technologically advanced PVC panels. Drywall absorbs water very easily making it vulnerable to moisture. Water leaking and higher humidity are the two common reasons drywall could be damaged. Duramax PVC panels are 100% moisture-resistant so they do not allow any moisture to settle on the surface of the walls and ceiling. The panels are made with an improved virgin vinyl that repels moisture. The vinyl boards are coated with a layer of antibacterial material that prevents the growth of mold and mildew. This is an advantage because the growth of microorganisms causes various health hazards apart from damaging the commercial interior. 

PVC sheets are extremely lightweight

Drywall has a certain amount of weight and it is less lightweight than vinyl. The installation needs more than one person so you need to pay more. The material is not flexible so they cannot be bent at all. The installation requires joints to be visible in case of any wrong installation. You might have issues with the joints and tapes. So, the installation is more complex than vinyl. PVC panels require only one contractor for the installation, which takes only 7 to 8 hours. The vinyl panels are fixed directly to the studs without backers so no amount of moisture can seep into the panels. The vinyl panels have tongues and grooves in an interlocking pattern that prevents moisture invasion and facilitates faster installation. 

Duramax PVC Panels – we are more than 40 years old

Duramax PVC Panels is reputed in the USA for manufacturing premium PVC panels. The boards are ATM-certified, FDA-compliant and have all necessary certifications. They are resistant to abuses, impacts and odor. The panels are made from eco-friendly materials so very little waste is produced upon recycling. The vinyl boards have Class A fire resistance for fire safety. PVC panel is an integrated wall system so the installation is seamless. Drywall installation is a hassle compared to vinyl panels. PVC sheets do not require timely painting or any finishing after the installation. 

Do not opt for vinyl-covered drywall

What do you think about vinyl-covered drywall? It is nothing but drywall coated with light vinyl layering. Here the layer of vinyl is very thin so we do not recommend installing it. Vinyl drywall is not a complete PVC board, so you cannot expect a shelf life like PVC. Vinyl sheets have a shelf life of more than 100 years. Whereas drywall lasts in good condition for only a couple of years when exposed to moisture. 

Final thoughts

Choose vinyl among all affordable drywall alternatives to have a long-lasting new commercial interior. Please discuss your project with the Duramax team for a customized solution. 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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