The food facilities need to ensure optimal hygiene under all circumstances. The freshly packaged foods should be damp-free to inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. Installing white and light-reflective food processing wall panels is ideal for maintaining the unit’s cleanroom and sanitary conditions. The food processing industry is progressing steadily, and the shift from FRP to vinyl panels has made businesses thrive. The high-end PVC wall panels are a better replacement for FRP for numerous reasons. Here are a few reasons why Duramax PVC panels are recommended for food facilities.
PVC is FDA-compliant and ideal for food facilities
The high-end food processing wall panels made from 100% virgin vinyl are completely waterproof. PVC panels are chemical-resistant and do not release toxins or other harmful emissions. The panels are FDA-compliant, CFIA-certified, and ASTM-certified. The vinyl panels have an anti-mold coating and no crevices to harbor bacteria. The PVC panels are antibacterial, mold-free, and extremely resistant to mildew, microorganisms, and viruses. The PVC panels are hygienic and a great choice for food processing industries. On the other hand, FRP panels mold, attract dirt, dust and the rivet crevices hold on to bacteria, waste matter, debris, and dirt particles. The FRP panels have wooden backers that absorb moisture, rot, mold, delaminate and peel off. Vinyl panels are non-porous, lightweight and can be recycled 7 times more than FRP panels.
The durable PVC is better than moldy FRP
The vinyl panels have high durability lasting 45 to 50 years with minimal upkeep. The PVC panels are 100% water-resistant as its surface can shed off excess liquids. The PVC panels have a lifespan as long as 140 years. The panels are tested for quality and have a limited lifetime warranty. The ½ inch PVC wall panels offer great insulation, and the inner webbed truss design ensures greater longevity, sturdiness, and resilience.
On the other hand, the FRP wall panels have OSB backers that absorb moisture and result in delamination, peeling off, rotting, and molding. The FRP panels are not recyclable wall materials and are highly prone to repair callbacks. FRP panels need repeated repairs and get replaced within a few months in wet commercial environments. The FRP wall panels have questionable durability and don’t offer 100% water resistance.
PVC is easier to install
Installing PVC panels is a one-person job and requires no additional materials or skilled laborers. You can hire a novice to install the wall panels within 7 hours and pay merely 5 dollars. The PVC panel installation is a DIY process, and the kits come with a user-friendly installation manual. On the other end, the FRP wall panel installation requires at least 2 skilled professionals along with adhesives, face-mounted rivets, and backers for the job. The FRP installation is time-consuming, requiring 2 days, and it’s a highly tedious job. You need to spend at least 100 dollars hiring skilled laborers and purchasing additional materials for the FRP installation. Installing PVC helps you save 40% on material costs and 50% on labor expenses.
PVC is low maintenance
PVC panels are easier to maintain than FRP. The PVC panel cleaning requires no expert assistance. Just wipe the panels clean with soap and a damp mop. The vinyl panels don’t require heavy-duty maintenance, just occasional washing with a pressure washer or detergent, soaps and light bleaches are enough for retaining the pristine white look. On the other hand, the FRP panels have a rough texture that stains easily and requires professional maintenance for sustainability. The FRP panel maintenance gets expensive with time as you need repainting and repairing every now and then. Choose stain-free, fade-resistant PVC panels rather than traditional FRP wall material.
PVC is an affordable choice
The vinyl wall panels are more cost-effective in the long run than any other wall material. The durable, low-maintenance PVC panels are highly affordable for the long haul. The low-cost installation of PVC panels is also an added asset. PVC panels are a one-time investment that lasts for years with no repairing, repainting, or replacing. On the other hand, FRP panels are susceptible to callbacks and are not recyclable wall materials. Once damaged, you need to replace the FRP panels immediately. FRP panels are high maintenance, and the costly installation makes the cladding material an expensive choice.
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