Uses of Vinyl
From the alarm clock that wakes you up in the morning to the house that keeps you comfortable and safe at night, vinyl plays a vital role in your everyday life. It is truly one material with infinite uses. Vinyl products can be found in just about every home or business, in hundreds of different applications. Because of the physical nature of this versatile plastic, vinyl can be rigid or flexible, weather or heat resistant, impact resistant, thick or thin, and any color of the rainbow.
The largest amount of vinyl resin produced in the United States goes into PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe. Being immune to corrosion and its overall durability has made PVC pipe a popular choice for clean water distribution systems, and sanitary collection of waste water. PVC pipe accounts for more than 70 percent of new buried water distribution pipes being installed in the United States and Canada. More than 75 percent of newly installed sanitary sewer systems feature PVC pipe.
Where its use in pipe safely delivers such a precious resource as water, vinyl’s application in window frames greatly reduces energy consumption. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates a $125 to $340 annual savings in energy bills when you replace single pane windows with Energy Star® vinyl windows. Install a vinyl membrane roof on a commercial building and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and DOE research shows utility expenses going down as much as 40 percent in some regions.
The durable and low-maintenance quality of vinyl makes it a popular material in home siding, flooring and wallcovering. The fire resistant nature of vinyl helps insulate electrical wires and meets the stringent requirements of regulated safety standards.
Vinyl is widely used in health care. From blood bags to IV bags and tubing, vinyl medical products have long helped save lives.
Vinyl’s versatility is illustrated in its use as a packaging material. In a rigid state it protects goods ranging from electronics to medicine; and in a flexible form it keeps food fresh in the grocery store.
When you add its use in the toy and automotive industry, you realize vinyl does have infinite uses.