Vinyl Uses - Construction
Vinyl is often referred to as the “infrastructure plastic,” and with good reason. Approximately 76 70 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. 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. Vinyl’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.