Window terminology takes a bit of getting used, especially if you’ve never had a reason to even think about your new windows before now. If you’re searching for custom vinyl replacement windows, you may have the term PVC being thrown around.
PVC is short for polyvinyl chloride, the material this window frame is made out of. You may have heard this window referred to by its more common nickname – Vinyl. In fact, as one of the most used polymers in the entire world, vinyl or PVC is used in all sorts of products throughout construction, medical devices, and transportation industries.
PVC itself is actually a polymer, or a very large molecule. In the real world, additives are combined with raw PVC material to produce what we know as plastic.
Despite the implication that plastic means cheap, the term plastic simply described a higher level of material compared to base polymer. Contrary to this misconception, PVC is actually one of the most durable and strong window materials available on the market today.
Vinyl, or PVC is a thermally resistant and economically safe material that can be modified with specific additives to suit each particular application. In the terms of medical devices, PVC might be blended with additives to ensure that they don’t react negatively with skin.
When it comes to the manufacturing of new windows, PVC is blended with chemicals that allow for it to mold and extrude into window frames, and resist being degraded by the sun.
So, the next time that you hear someone say that they have installed custom vinyl replacement windows into their home, you know they’re actually saying that they have installed new windows that contain advanced polymers that have been blended with a unique blend of chemicals to form what we know as plastic!
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