PVC is actually replacing traditional building materials such as wood, metal, concrete and clay in many applications.
Versatility, cost-effectiveness and an excellent track record of use make it the most important polymer for the construction sector, which accounted for 60% of European PVC production in 2020.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the most widely used plastics in construction. It is used in drinking water and sewage pipes, window frames, flooring and roofing sheets, wall coverings, cables and many other applications as it provides a modern alternative to traditional materials such as wood, metal, rubber and glass. PVC products are typically lighter, less expensive and offer many performance advantages.
Robust and light
The abrasion resistance, light weight, good mechanical strength and toughness of PVC are technical advantages for use in garden fencing applications.
PVC can be easily cut, shaped and joined in a variety of styles. Its light weight reduces manual handling difficulties.
PVC is resistant to the elements, chemical rot, corrosion, impact and abrasion. Therefore, it is the perfect choice for fencing.
PVC has become a popular fencing material in recent years due to its physical and technical properties that offer excellent cost-performance advantages. As a very competitive material in terms of price, this value is also enhanced by properties such as durability, longevity and low maintenance.
PVC is non-toxic. It is a safe material and a socially valuable resource that has been used for more than half a century. It is also the most researched and tested plastic in the world. It meets all international health and safety standards, both for the products and the applications for which it is used.
Substitution of PVC for other materials on environmental grounds without additional research or proven technical benefits will also result in higher costs. For example, as part of a housing renovation project in Bielefeld in Germany, it has been estimated that replacing PVC with other materials would result in a cost increase of approximately €2,250 for an average-sized apartment.
Restrictions on the use of PVC in construction applications would not only have negative economic consequences, but would also have wider social impacts, such as on the availability of affordable housing.
Like all other organic materials used in buildings, including other plastics, fabrics, textiles, etc., PVC products burn when exposed to fire. However, PVC products are self-extinguishing, i.e., if the ignition source is removed, they will stop burning. Due to their high chlorine content, PVC products have very favorable fire safety characteristics. They are difficult to ignite, heat production is comparatively low and they tend to carbonize rather than generate flaming droplets.
Therefore, there are very good reasons to use PVC fences in your home, as they have good technical performance, good environmental and economic properties, and compare well with other materials in terms of fire safety.
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