Many facilities today are designed to be the most efficient and productive they can be. Architects map out where certain rooms can flow with another so they can position expensive equipment to be utilized fullest. One detail they overlook is the material used for walling. Usually walling is standard drywall and does not make much of a difference. But when it comes to rooms with a wet environment, the walls can make the biggest difference. Today we will talk about the extra steps it takes to install water resistant walls.
Some people might think when it comes to water resistant walls, the premium is too costly. But what they don’t realize is the disastrous effect water can have to a wall. If left unchecked, mold can form in material that absorbs water. Mold can potentially become harmful to people, animals, and produce. Mold can also travel through the air ducts and spread throughout the facility. Usually mold forms in hidden areas within the walls and only discovered when it has grown to a point where the facility needs to be shut down to take care of it.
When it comes to the construction of water resistant walls, there are many options, but not all of them are installed the same way. A common option historically used is FRP panels. Fiber reinforced panels are sheets of plastic that is glued onto drywood or another backer. The additional backer and adhesive required to install nearly doubles the cost of installation. Also, installing FRP panels requires a 2 skilled, experience workers to install properly, otherwise the sheets may delaminate and need repair. As you can see, the process may be tedious and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be.
Vinyl panels provide a complete solution for water resistance by being installed directly into the stud walls and interlock with one another. With cutting edge technology vinyl profiles are extruded into a panel form that acts as the wall itself and does not require a backer or adhesive. Once screwed onto the stud walls, the panels are complete, and can be installed by just one unskilled worker.
Vinyl panels may cost more than FRP panels due to being thicker and used as the wall itself versus requiring purchase of a backer. However, vinyl panels do not require adhesive to be applied, which means there is no risk the said adhesive can wear and require maintenance, making vinyl panels last a lifetime. Another advantage is that the vinyl panel itself cannot absorb any water but the backer used on FRP may still absorb water leaving mold a possibility.
Overall vinyl panels is a long term investment that pays off. By reducing the risks of mold and requiring repairs, the panels last a lifetime. If the main purpose to install water resistant panels is to prevent water absorption and mold, then the best choice is the panels that have no vulnerability like a wooden backer. Get a free sample of Duramax’s vinyl panels today by signing up on our site.