Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is a versatile and widely used thermoplastic polymer. It is the third most produced thermoplastic material in the world, trailing only polyethylene and polypropylene in terms of volume. In its natural form, PVC is a brittle and white plastic that can be made more flexible by the addition of plasticizers. PVC is produced in two main forms: rigid or unplasticized polymer (uPVC or RPVC), and flexible PVC.

Rigid PVC is commonly used in construction for pipes and profiles, such as doors and windows. It is a durable and cost-effective material that can withstand harsh environments and is resistant to chemical corrosion. Flexible PVC, on the other hand, is commonly used for electrical insulation and in flooring applications in hospitals, schools, and other sterile environments.


  • Welded chemical tanks
  • Manifolds
  • Valve and pump housings
  • Fittings
  • Piping systems
  • Cabinets and working surfaces

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Standard Sizes

PVC Sheet >>

Dimensions12 in x 12 in – 60 in x 120 in
Thickness0.062 in – 4 in

PVC Rod >>

Outside Diameter0.250 in – 14 in

PVC Pipe >>

Outside Diameter0.250 in – 14 in

PVC film >>

Thickness0.02mm– 0.2 mm

pes & Colors

SHEETGray, White, Clear
RODGray, White, Black

Typical Properties of PVC

Specific GravityD7921.42
Tensile strengthpsiD6387,500
Flexural moduluspsiD790481,000
Izod impact (notched)ft-lbs/in of notchD2561
Heat deflection temperature @ 264 psi°FD648158
Maximum continuous service temperature in air°F140
Water absorption (immersion 24 hours)%D5700.06
Coefficient of linear thermal expansionin/in/°Fx10-5D6963.2

Tips: Values may vary according to the brand name. please ask kusla experts for more detailed information

PVC Properties and Service Options

Length, width, thickness, and diameter tolerances vary by size, by manufacturer, brand, and grade. Custom sizes and colors available upon request. Also available in roll stock.

FAQs About PVC

PVC is a material with several distinctive characteristics, including:

  • Durability: PVC is a highly durable material that is resistant to impact, weathering, and chemicals. It has excellent electrical insulation properties, making it an ideal choice for electrical applications.
  • Versatility: PVC can be formulated in a wide range of hardnesses and densities, making it suitable for different applications. It can be made into flexible or rigid products depending on the intended use.
  • Cost-effective: PVC is a cost-effective material compared to other plastics and materials, making it a popular choice for various applications.
  • Flame resistance: PVC has inherent flame resistance properties, making it suitable for use in building materials and other applications where fire safety is a concern.
  • Recyclability: PVC can be recycled multiple times without losing its properties, making it an environmentally friendly material.

Yes, Products made from PVC are 100% recyclable and can be identified as recycling code #3.

PVC is a thermoplastic material that can be recycled multiple times without losing its properties. However, it is important to note that PVC recycling should be done in a controlled environment to avoid the release of harmful substances.

PVC is a versatile material that is available in various sizes and forms to meet different application requirements. The standard sizes of PVC pipes, fittings, sheets, rods, and profiles vary depending on the application, but they generally range from ½ inch to 24 inches in diameter and 4 feet to 20 feet in length or width. If you’re looking for PVC for your next project, be sure to check the standard sizes available to find the right fit for your needs.