All exterior building materials will expand and contract, including wood. Wood expands in humidity and contracts in dryer air, which causes maintenance issues and increased repair or replace costs.
PVC board will expand and contract as well, but in reverse. When the air is hot PVC and composite materials expand, but contract when it’s cold.
To reduce repair and replacement costs, and minimize material movement when working with Inteplast Building Products PVC products, follow these tips at the onset of installation.
Our deck can expand with long time exposure to direct sunlight. Stainless screws can help to reduce the movement.
For the most part, lighter weight PVC building materials are easier to handle and easier to install than heavier weight products like wood and composite materials. To put things into perspective, wood and composite weigh approximately 30% more than PVC. The lightweight nature of PVC means less time installing, which means less labor, which means more savings.
But don’t let the light weight fool you. Inteplast Building Products PVC products are durable, strong, and reliable. In addition, our products are backed by a limited lifetime warranty and are recognized by the International Code Council (ICC).
Lighter than composite or wood, our deck has the best quality and warranty to assure your peace of mind.
Unlike traditional wood materials, Inteplast Building Products PVC exterior products do not require painting, although you’re free to paint them to match the color of your siding or trim. Traditional wood products used in outdoor applications require repainting and restaining every two years to prevent weathering and decay.
PVC trim does not require paint for protection.
No other traditional building materials can give you the creativity in architectural style and detail as Inteplast Building Products material when it comes to the finishing touches of your house.
Unlike wood, which can’t be bent to form artistic and craftsman shapes, Inteplast PVC products can be both cold bent and heat bent to create custom shapes and curves.
In addition, the wood grain pattern of Inteplast Building Products remains intact after the heat bending process.
Our trim can be easily bend to shapes, and the woodgrain pattern remains after heat forming process.
Building products that are exposed to the high heat of the summer sun will be hot to the touch, and not to mention on those bare feet. However, Inteplast light-colored decking products will release the temperature quicker than wood decking.
PVC deck can release hot quicker for its special design pattern.