Vinyl is often referred to as the “infrastructure plastic,” and with good reason. Approximately 76 percent of PVC is used in building and construction applications. Vinyl is used so widely in the construction industry because of its durability, easy installation and cost-effectiveness.
In the construction market, vinyl is used for:
- irrigation & sewer
- electrical conduit
- window frames
- single-ply roofing
- water distribution
- wire and cable insulation
- floor and wallcoverings
- gutters and downspouts
- landfill liners
- fire-sprinkler piping
- piping used in food processing
- piping used in chemical processing & other manufacturing
PVC’s durability is an important environmental benefit, because the longer a product lasts, the less energy and other resources must be expended to make and install replacement products. PVC also conserves energy in manufacture and more importantly in use.
The use of plasticizers differentiates flexible vinyl products from rigid. Generally speaking, PVC materials would be classified as rigid when plasticizers have not been added to the resin, such as pipe, siding, windows, and fence, deck and rail. PVC flooring, wallcovering and reflective roofing are classified as flexible, and are available in a multitude of styles and colors.
Access to a variety of artciles featuring vinyl products in five basic construction uses — Flooring, Roofing, Siding, Wallcoverings and Windows — can be found below. These archives are frequently updated.