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Definition

An acronym for Polyvinyl Chloride, a synthetic plastic material used to make a wide variety of materials including pipes, doors, windows, fencing, and plumbing/electrical cable insulation.

Things you need to know

PVC is extremely versatile and, as such, is used in numerous applications. Type 1 is the most common and is extremely resistant to corrosion. Type 2 has less corrosion resistance, but greater impact strength. The rigid form is commonly used to replace metal during pipe manufacturing. The flexible form is often used in plumbing and electric cable installation.

Cost Considerations

In terms of both its purchase price and long term-cost, products made with PVC are considered to be extremely economical.

Costs vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.