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How Does PVC Compare To
Mar 06, 2018

How Does PVC Compare To...

Polypropylene?

Free foam PVC has an authentic wood appearance that is available in both smooth and wood grain. Appling a coat of paint adds brushstrokes that give the trim an authentic wood appearance. Polypropylene has a finish that gives it a slight shine. Polypropylene needs to be specially prepared to accept paint. Often the trim piece needs to be order for this specific purpose. In moulded polypropylene millwork, the piece can not be field trimmed or fabricated. It doesn't offer the flexibility of PVC.

Wood?

PVC has a closed cell nature, so water can not penetrate the product. Unlike wood, PVC Trim by Fypon will not swell, rot or shed a painted surface due to water infiltration. Additionally, PVC resists all forms of insect infestations, woodpeckers, mold and mildew. Another benefit is that PVC has 100 percent product usage. There are no knots, voids or splits (which occur routinely in wood) that can lead to waste and unsightly appearance. This full product usage reduces job site product waste and delays.

Composite Trim And Condensed Fiber Trim?

Both material types have similar expansion and contraction considerations and both may be painted. However, composite and condensed fiber trim manufacturers recommend only butt joints. This prevents the concealing of gaps to accommodate material expansion.

Composite and Condensed Fiber Trim will loose their water resistance when trimmed in the field and the product will swell or bloat, even if installed correctly. Any routed details must be primed and painted.

Even though the cost my be less for composite trims, the performance is less than desirable and can cost more in the long run.