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Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  Does PVC come in sheets?

Answer: Yes, PVC is a plastic that can be extruded into many different shapes, this includes sheets, tubes, bars, and other profiles.

 

Question: What are PVC sheets used for?

Answer: PVC sheets in its ridged format are often used for cladding walls and structures, for example in hygiene areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and hospitals. They are also used to be printed on to create long lasting wall displays, and can also be formed into shapes to make other products.

 

Question: Can PVC be recycled?

Answer: PVC as a material that is commonly recycled in various formats. This process often involves the granulating (cutting up very small) the material into small pellets that can then be used in machines to make new products.

 

Question: Is PVC board waterproof?

Answer: Yes PVC board / sheets are waterproof. These are often used for lining walls in showers and hygiene regions so that they can be easily and quickly washed down.

 

Question: How do you cut PVC board?

Answer: PVC can be cut by different methods, especially given the different formats it can be manufactured in. For most of the purposes we sell and use PVC here at C & A Building Products, this would be done with a fine tooth saw, and on some occasions with a sharp utility knife (often referred to as a Stanley knife).

 

Question: How to glue PVC sheet joints?

Answer: PVC products, such as sheets and fascia boards are often joined using a specific joint product. These can be straight joints or corner joints, and these are often glued onto the PVC product. PVC is also able to be welded together, but this often requires more specialist tools to do this, and can distort any colour or pattern that is on it due to the heat.

 

Question: Is PVC sheet heat resistant?

Answer: PVC is a thermoform plastic, which means when it is heated it will become flexible. In this respect the PVC is therefore not heat resistant.

 

Question: Does PVC sheet have a fire rating?

Answer: PVC sheets do have a fire rating, although this can vary due to chemical composition differences from one manufacturer to another. Any supplier should be able to supply you with a fire rating for the products they supply at that time if asked prior to purchase. This is sometimes requested for planning permission and building inspectors, but generally PVC sheets are normally self-extinguishing and have a fire rating (or equivalent) for the average installation. It is advisable to check your own circumstances first with the relevant authorities, prior to any purchases are made.

 

Question: Can PVC sheet be bent?

Answer: PVC is a thermoform plastic, which means when it is heated it will become flexible and so it can therefore be bent. Top end hygiene cladding installers will often have special line benders for bending the sheet round corners, and welders to connect sheets without using jointing profiles.

 

Question: How to fix PV sheet on wall?

Answer: PVC sheets are often fixed to the walls by either a glue / adhesive, or by mechanical fixings such as screws with caps.

 

Question: Can PVC sheet be painted?

Answer: PVC are not the easiest product to paint. There are some special paints on the market that do allow them to be painted, but this is not a common occurrence. PVC sheets do however often come in a range of colours and finishes, and so the chances are a colour is available to suit your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  Does PVC come in sheets?

Answer: Yes, PVC is a plastic that can be extruded into many different shapes, this includes sheets, tubes, bars, and other profiles.

 

Question: What are PVC sheets used for?

Answer: PVC sheets in its ridged format are often used for cladding walls and structures, for example in hygiene areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and hospitals. They are also used to be printed on to create long lasting wall displays, and can also be formed into shapes to make other products.

 

Question: Can PVC be recycled?

Answer: PVC as a material that is commonly recycled in various formats. This process often involves the granulating (cutting up very small) the material into small pellets that can then be used in machines to make new products.

 

Question: Is PVC board waterproof?

Answer: Yes PVC board / sheets are waterproof. These are often used for lining walls in showers and hygiene regions so that they can be easily and quickly washed down.

 

Question: How do you cut PVC board?

Answer: PVC can be cut by different methods, especially given the different formats it can be manufactured in. For most of the purposes we sell and use PVC here at C & A Building Products, this would be done with a fine tooth saw, and on some occasions with a sharp utility knife (often referred to as a Stanley knife).

 

Question: How to glue PVC sheet joints?

Answer: PVC products, such as sheets and fascia boards are often joined using a specific joint product. These can be straight joints or corner joints, and these are often glued onto the PVC product. PVC is also able to be welded together, but this often requires more specialist tools to do this, and can distort any colour or pattern that is on it due to the heat.

 

Question: Is PVC sheet heat resistant?

Answer: PVC is a thermoform plastic, which means when it is heated it will become flexible. In this respect the PVC is therefore not heat resistant.

 

Question: Does PVC sheet have a fire rating?

Answer: PVC sheets do have a fire rating, although this can vary due to chemical composition differences from one manufacturer to another. Any supplier should be able to supply you with a fire rating for the products they supply at that time if asked prior to purchase. This is sometimes requested for planning permission and building inspectors, but generally PVC sheets are normally self-extinguishing and have a fire rating (or equivalent) for the average installation. It is advisable to check your own circumstances first with the relevant authorities, prior to any purchases are made.

 

Question: Can PVC sheet be bent?

Answer: PVC is a thermoform plastic, which means when it is heated it will become flexible and so it can therefore be bent. Top end hygiene cladding installers will often have special line benders for bending the sheet round corners, and welders to connect sheets without using jointing profiles.

 

Question: How to fix PV sheet on wall?

Answer: PVC sheets are often fixed to the walls by either a glue / adhesive, or by mechanical fixings such as screws with caps.

 

Question: Can PVC sheet be painted?

Answer: PVC are not the easiest product to paint. There are some special paints on the market that do allow them to be painted, but this is not a common occurrence. PVC sheets do however often come in a range of colours and finishes, and so the chances are a colour is available to suit your needs.

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