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PVC Wall and Roof Panel Basic Properties Compared to Sheet Metal Wall and Roof Panels

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2021 ASABE Annual International Virtual Meeting  2100268.(doi:10.13031/aim.202100268)
Authors:   Arthur D. Ramthun
Keywords:   Aluminum, corrosion, density, conductivity, panel, poly-vinyl chloride, steel, tensile strength, unplasticized.

Abstract. This paper provides a comparison of material specifications and manufacturer installation recommendations of PVC, painted steel, and aluminum roofing panels. Some of the basic information compared is material density, weight, tensile strength, impact resistance, corrosion resistance, thermal properties, expected life, and fastening methods. The results show that PVC panels can be a viable roofing alternative especially where corrosion and radiant heat transfer are primary concerns. Because the laminated PVC panels are thicker than single ply PVC panels the support spacing can be greater.

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