History of PVC’s Use in Construction
Polyvinyl chloride has been used by humans from long times. Abbreviated as PVC, it is the third most extensively created synthetic plastic polymer. PVC is made in two forms, rigid and flexible. Rigid PVC is used in making pipes, doors and windows. To make it softer and flexible, plasticizers and phthalates are added. Pure PVC is a white in colour and brittle in texture. PVC was accidentally discovered in 1872 by a German chemist named Eugen Baumann.
PVC is favored when it comes to construction materials such as doors and windows for offices, homes and hotels because it has high hardness and favorable mechanical properties. uPVC, or rigid PVC is widely used in the building industry as it is a very low maintenance material. It comes in a range of colors and finishes. The wood finish PVC resembles wood very much and is used instead of wood.
The use of PVC products in the construction industry has rapidly increased in the past decade. This is due to its resistance to light, rust, chemicals, bugs, insects and corrosion. It also has resistance to extreme temperatures, water and wind. Light weight and easy to fix, PVC lessens your work. No wonder PVC has become the third largest selling plastic material in the world coming after polyethylene and polypropylene. It is also economically feasible and comes with great durability. PVC is cheaper than wood and metals.
From the day it was accidentally discovered more than seven decades ago, PVC has been used widely. Its usage has grown and expanded in all the industries. But, the most important industry it is used is in the construction industry. More than 30 billion pounds of PVC is produced in which 60% is used for construction purposes. PVC door frames, doors, windows, railing, etc., a home built using PVC has a smaller carbon footprint owing to the eco friendly PVC. As it is recyclable easily and several times, PVC is an ideal material for people, who want to have a green home. Using PVC to build homes is a very smart move, your doors and windows will be safe for at least fifty years minimum.