FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
What is PVC?
Polyvinyl chloride (commonly abbreviated as PVC) is a widely-used plastic. Globally, over 50% of all PVC manufactured is used in construction. As a building material, PVC is budget-friendly and easy to assemble. In recent years, PVC has been replacing traditional building materials such as wood, concrete and clay in many areas.
Are all PVC ceiling products the same?
No, please be aware of cheap imitations! Many of the imported PVC products that are sold in South Africa are "non-genuine" and manufactured by using poor quality materials and compounds. Our PVC ceilings are manufactured in South Africa with high quality PVC and come with a 20 year guarantee.
Can I install the PVC panels on my existing brandering?
There is no need for the installation of additional brandering. The standard brandering (and sizes) which is used for regular ceiling boards, can be used for our PVC ceiling panels. If you prefer, they can simply be attached to your old ceiling, eliminating the need to remove it.
What are the standard panel sizes which are available?
Printed PVC panels (B and C Series): Width: 250mm Thickness: 7mm Length: 1-14m
Hot Stamped panels (D and M Series): Width: 300mm Thickness: 10mm Length: 1-7m
Standard lengths that are kept in stock are 4.3m and 6m.
Upon request we can provide you with longer panels and these standard sizes can be customised according to your specific requirements. However, depending on the length, you might be required to collect and transport the panels yourself.
Can normal downlighters be fixed or mounted to the PVC panels?
Normal downlighters (or any other type of lights or light fittings) can be fixed to the PVC panels. And before you ask... no, the panels will not melt from the heat that is generated. Due to the high heat resistance of the PVC panels they will not soften, melt or discolour.
How much weight can the PVC panels support?
Although the PVC panels are very lightweight themselves, they are extremely durable and strong. The weight that can be supported or carried by these panels can be compared to that of any other normal ceiling board.
What type of joints and strips do I need to use?
Do not use normal joints and strips that are used on regular ceiling boards. Normal jointers are not compatible with the PVC panels and will not fit. Special PVC joints and strips have to be utilized and unfortunately they are not available in stores. The PVC joints and strips can however be ordered from us.
What type of cornices do I need to use?
Please contact us first before you purchase cornices. Cornice products differ in their suitability with our PVC panels.
What type of trapdoors do I need to use?
Any type of trapdoor can be purchased and installed with the PVC panels.
What materials do I need to use for insulation?
Our PVC products have great insulating qualities and no additional insulating materials are required. The honeycomb design is specially intended to aid in the circulation of heat and air and thus they ensure that the area remains cool in summer and retains heat in winter. These panels have an insulating value of R 2.25 (0,16 watt/m°K), which is comparable to the insulating value of a normal brick house.
How well does the PVC panels dampen sound?
The dampening qualities of our PVC drywall can be compared to that of a normal brick wall.
How waterproof are the PVC panels?
Our PVC panels are completely impermeable, meaning that they are not merely water-resistant like most other products that are available on the market, but that they are completely watertight. For example, should your geyser burst, the water will not damage the ceiling panels and you will not need to replace them. They will not leave permanent watermarks and will not bend or buckle the way regular ceiling boards do.
Does the PVC panels give off toxic fumes when burning?
According to test results from the CSIR’s Firelab, our PVC panels are completely environmentally friendly and do not produce toxic fumes when it comes into contact with heat or fire.
How do I clean and maintain my PVC panels?
Use ordinary household products for maintenance. You can polish the panels to their original condition using a soft, non-abrasive cleaning agent. Usually you only need a damp cloth to clean the panels thoroughly. Do not use abrasive, aggressive substances or cleaning products based on chloride. Solvents should also not be used. Adhesive residue or pen marks are best removed using isopropyl-alcohol.
What is meant by avirulent insipidity?
This means that our product provides great heath benefits compared to regular ceiling or drywall panels. Our PVC products, in effect, prevents or hinders the growth of bacteria and funguses since there is no chemical composites or any other materials within the panels that will attract or harbor suitable breeding grounds for bacteria or funguses.
Can the PVC panels be recycled?
Unfortunately this type of PVC cannot be recycled due to the specific compounds and technology that is used to manufacture them. China is the only country that has the required technology and facilities to recycle this pacific type of PVC.
Although no paint work is required, can I paint these panels if I really want to?
Our PVC panels are suitable for painting, especially the “White Matt” design.
Is it easy to install PVC products yourself?
PVC panels are easy to install by the average DIYer. Panels can be cut by using a saw (manual or electric) or a sharp knife. Panels can be attached to a framework of battens using nails or screws. Stapling and gluing methods can be used, but is not recommended.
Where can these PVC panels be installed?
Mostly anywhere... They are particularly suitable for bathrooms and kitchens. In some instances they have been installed inside showers, industrial coolers as well as freezer rooms. Due to their high fire-resistance they have also been installed in factories that manufacture and use highly flammable and hazardous materials.
Can I install PVC panels to the ceiling of my swimming pool?
Our PVC panels will have enough chemical resistance for an indoor swimming pool. The maximum allowed concentration level of chlorine around swimming pools lies around a couple of milligram per cubic meter of air, and this will not have an effect on the PVC panels.
What is the advantage of PVC drywall cladding over wood paneling, tile board or FRP panels?
PVC paneling is highly resistant to moisture and water. When compared to wood, PVC panels will not warp, delaminate or swell. PVC paneling is also superior to wood paneling, tile board and FRP panels because of their non-flammability.
Are the PVC panels suitable for outdoor use?
Even though our PVC panels will not damage when used outdoors, we do not recommend it. Although, our products are extremely durable, waterproof and fire-resistant, they are not UV-resistant and will discolour if used outdoors where the product comes in contact with constant direct sunlight. You will also forfeit your guarantee if you install the PVC panels on an outer surface.
Can the PVC panels be removed and reused?
Our PVC drywall panels can be removed easily, without damage and can be reinstalled somewhere else.
Please contact us should you have any additional questions or require any other information
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