What are the Advantages of Polyvinyl Chloride?
Polyvinyl Chloride is readily available and relatively inexpensive.
Polyvinyl Chloride is very dense and thus very hard and resists impact deformation very well relative to other plastics.
Polyvinyl Chloride has very good tensile strength.
Polyvinyl Chloride is very resistant to chemicals and alkalies.
What are the Disadvantages of Polyvinyl Chloride?
Polyvinyl Chloride has very poor heat stability. For this reason additives which stabilize the material at higher temperatures are typically added to the material during production.
Polyvinyl Chloride emits toxic fumes when melted and/or subject to a fire.
Although there are some shortcomings, Polyvinyl Chloride is a great material overall. It has a unique blend of qualities that make it particularly useful for the construction business.