Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Sheet


Rigid PVC is a strong, stiff, low cost plastic material that is easy to fabricate and easy to bond using adhesives or solvents. It is also easy to weld using thermoplastic welding equipment.

PVC is frequently used in the construction of tanks, valves, and piping systems.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a flexible or rigid material that is chemically nonreactive. PVC offers excellent corrosion and weather resistance. It has a high strength-to-weight ratio and is a good electrical and thermal insulator. The most widely used member of the vinyl family, PVC may be cemented, welded, machined, bent and shaped readily.

There are three broad classifications for rigid PVC compounds: Type I, Type II, and CPVC. Type II and CPVC offer better heat and chemical resistance as well as greater impact resistance.

Material Types Includes:
  • Type I: a normal impact corrosion resistant material offering the highest chemical resistance of all PVC grades. It is recommended for applications where the concentration acids or alkalies are high and the normal working temperatures are low (below 140 ºF)
  • Type II: a high impact corrosion resistance sheet that can be used in areas where high impact resistant is required. It has excellent thermoformability and will not support combustion.
  • CPVC: a high temperature chlorinated PVC that has excellent corrosion resistance and is easily fabricated.

    Expanded PVC is a lightweight, yet rigid, expanded foam polyvinyl chloride making it tough and versatile enough for many of today's applications.

    The surface is a good substrate for:
    • Screen printing
    • Painting
    • Laminating
    • Vinyl lettering
    • Forming projects
    It can be sawed, drilled, bent, and fabricated using ordinary tools and fasteners. Expanded PVC can be used for interior applications as well as limited exterior applications.