PVC vs FRP
We're often asked – how does PVC compare to FRP when used for wall cladding?
So we thought it was time to get down to the facts.
It's time to put them to the test – PVC vs FRP!
Antimicrobial properties cannot be added to FRP.
Premium-grade PVC wall cladding (like AM-Clad) is self-extinguishing and complies with the most demanding international fire resistance standards for plastics, including US, EU and UK Fire Safety standards.
When exposed to fire, the plastic component of the FRP composite burns and tiny fibers (with diameters of nanometers) are released into the air. These minute fibers create a similar threat to human health as asbestos fibers.
FRP is difficult to dispose of and almost impossible to recycle. FRP is derived from polymers and monomers that often cannot be separated and returned to their individual elements. This is an issue of increasing importance, as businesses seek to uphold corporate environmental and social responsibilities.
FRP coloured cladding can fade in sunlight causes and result in unsightly 'surface chalking'. FRP whites can turn yellow and darker colors can lose their original sheen and fade noticeably. This often means affected sheets need to be replaced, even when the structural integrity and corrosion resistance of the material is sound.
AM-Clad PVC cladding can be thermoformed on-site during installation ensuring a professional finish and minimising edge joints around corners, recesses, windows and doors. Vulnerable seams can harbour germs and this problem is eliminated by thermoforming.
FRP cannot be thermoformed.
When PVC splits, cracks, fractures or is damaged, there is no release of toxic particles or fibers into the air.
When FRP splits, cracks, fractures or is damaged, fine fibers are released into the atmosphere and can be inhaled or come into contact with skin. Working with FRP is a potentially hazardous for workers involved in installing or removing the cladding or are routinely involved in building maintenance and repair. People who work with fiberglass wear protective clothing, gloves, and safety glasses with side shields and use a particulate respirator.
The results are in – PVC wall cladding is a clear winner.
Requesting a PVC specification and price for your next new build and refit project makes perfect sense!
For many of the reasons stated above, PVC wall cladding has been replacing FRP in building specifications around the globe. When FRP has been fitted in older buildings, it is being routinely replaced by safer, more cost-effective Antimicrobial and Hygienic PVC.
All AM-Clad Antimicrobial and Hygienic PVC wall cladding sheets are Guaranteed for 20 years.