4 reasons to use PVC curtains & doors in the winter

 

PVC curtains and doors are useful all year round, but in the winter, they can have particularly helpful applications. Here are the four reasons why you should think about installing PVC strips at your place of work ready for the winter.

1. Heat retention

The big thing you have to deal with in the winter is your heating bill. Whether you have open entranceways or closed doors, you will inevitably face some loss of the heated air that you have paid to warm up. When the door is opened, and particularly when an employee subsequently forgets to close it, the air loss can be rapid. Your heating bill will rise dramatically as a result.

Click here for a PVC Curtains online quote

Click here for a PVC Curtains online quote

With PVC strips, there is a much higher degree of heat retention compared to an open doorway. When someone passes through, the strips fall instantly back into place, which makes it superior to a door as well.

2. Hygiene

With the cold weather in the winter, it’s easier to forget about hygiene. This is still a huge issue in many workplaces, however, and does need to be addressed at all times of year.

PVC curtains help to prevent the spread of germs, and will keep noise pollution to a minimum as a bonus. You can also wipe them clean very easily, which will keep it simple for your hygiene team.

3. Durability

Many materials are simply not cut out for the job of surviving the winter when they are exposed to cold weather. Wooden doors can swell when soaked with water, and repeated freezing can cause many materials to crack.

Freezer-grade PVC is capable of withstanding low temperatures without cracking, changing shape or size, or sustaining any damage. It will still remain flexible and perform as expected when temperatures are low. This makes it perfectly suited for an outwards-facing door or window.

4. Ease of use

If you are realising in the middle of the winter that you need a new door solution, or you need to put in some repairs, then it’s a huge bonus that PVC strips are easy and quick to install. They will arrive with you and be ready to go very soon, so you will have to endure the heat leak for less time.

It’s also very easy to replace the curtains, even if it is only one strip that has been damaged. You can simply detach it and hang a new one right in the same place. It’s as easy as that, and installation couldn’t be quicker. This is a huge benefit when time is of the essence. You also won’t need to replace them often, because of the durability that we explored earlier.

Whatever time of year it may be, installing PVC curtains and windows is a fantastic way to improve your workplace and increase your efficiency in terms of heating and health and safety. In the winter, it’s clear that these steps are even more necessary. Don’t waste time with other solutions which won’t do the same job!

6 signs your PVC curtains are deteriorating

Our PVC curtains are built to last, with high-quality material keeping them going for much longer. Eventually, though, PVC will deteriorate – and it’s important to notice those signs so that you can get it replaced as soon as possible. You don’t want to wait until it’s more of a problem. Here are the signs to watch out for.

Clear PVC strip curtains

PVC strip curtains

1. Nicks, cuts, and scratches

Your PVC curtains are built to stand up to a lot of abuse, but that doesn’t mean that they are impervious to harm. Particularly if they are in regular use, this can build up scratches on the surface of the curtains. These might not be as much of a problem in themselves, although they can cause a build-up of bacteria if they are not properly cleaned. However, when cuts and nicks also start to appear, that’s when it’s time to replace the strips.

2. Cloudy appearance

You should be able to see fairly well through your curtains. Over time, however, the surface of the PVC may become cloudy, making it more difficult to look through. Giving them a good wipe clean may bring them back to their former glory. If the clouding is not dirt, but rather is in the PVC itself, then this is a sign that you will need to replace the whole curtain – and soon, especially for health and safety reasons.

3. Cracks and splits

Most PVC curtains aren’t built for low temperatures, so when using them in freezer units, you should opt for freezer-grade PVC which has been specially treated. If you don’t take this precaution, then your PVC will start to crack and split under the pressure. The cold temperatures basically make it too rigid, which then means it is more vulnerable to breakages. This may also happen when your PVC is reaching the end of its life.

4. Uncleanable dirt

If you can’t get the dirt off your PVC strips, it’s very possible that you have left it too long between cleaning them, resulting in the dirt settling in too much. On the other hand, it could also be that the plastic itself is deteriorating, allowing the dirt to penetrate the outer layers. Either way, if you can’t get it clean, it’s definitely time to order some replacements.

5. Loss of flexibility

One of the great attributes of PVC is how flexible it is. Your PVC curtains will flop and slide out of the way when you walk or drive through them. But if it starts to seem as though they don’t want to bend, and they hang more stiffly, it could be that the PVC has gone through too much stress and you now need to have those strips replaced. If it is an age issue, you will likely see the problem across the whole curtain.

6. Hanging incorrectly

Over time, the PVC may warp and twist in place, particularly if it is subject to repeated motions – such as always being twisted out of the way in one direction and held there for long periods of time. If the strips are no longer hanging in such a way that the PVC curtain is complete, it’s time to get new strips – otherwise you’re losing out on the heat retention and anti-pest properties that the curtains would normally provide.

 

There are a few signs to look out for that your curtains need replacing, but it’s also easy to keep them going for longer. Use them in the correct environment, clean them regularly, and ensure more careful use – and these signs may not crop up for a long while.

How to increase the lifespan of my pvc curtains

 

Our PVC curtains are carefully selected from the highest quality materials to ensure that they will last for as long as possible for you. However, even with these measures, you may wish to increase their lifespan. This means you’ll have to replace them less often, saving you money. Here’s how you can ensure that they last as long as possible.

Choose the right curtains

PVC strip door kits

Click here for PVC curtain strip door kits

Not all PVC curtains are created equal. You’re guaranteed the best quality by coming to us, but you should also consider the environment that you will be using them in. Cold stores are a great example of an environment which requires a special grade. PVC has to be treated in a special way in order to withstand lower temperatures. If it doesn’t have this treatment, it will be more likely to crack and break over time.

Install them correctly

We always want to make sure that it’s as easy as possible for you to install your curtains, and we can even install them for you. But if you choose to install them yourself, it’s really important that you fit them correctly and get everything hooked up the way that it should be. You can easily contact us for advice, and use our tools and guides to make sure the installation goes smoothly. There are different types of suspension for PVC curtains, so it’s important to get the right one and make no mistakes. You don’t want to damage your curtains before you’ve even really started using them – and these weaknesses can build over time to become a big problem.

Clean your PVC regularly

A lot of customers end up thinking they need to replace their curtains, when really, they just need to clean them. Over time, though, that dirt can build up to a level where it can no longer removed, so it’s important to clean regularly. It’s easy to clean the strips, and this will prevent them from gathering germs or becoming difficult to see through. Just use warm water and wipe down the strips with a sponge or cloth. It’s as simple as that, and the dirt should come away. Since it’s so easy, there’s no real excuse for not making it part of your daily or weekly clean-up routine. Especially if used in a food production area, it’s an important task to keep on top of.

Replace them gradually

If you have one damaged strip in your PVC curtains, you might be thinking in despair that you need to replace the whole curtain. Actually, this isn’t the case. Because they hang in strips, we can actually replace just one at a time, meaning the rest of the undamaged strips can stay put. This will save you a lot of money and hassle as you won’t need to rush out and buy new ones in response to a small accident. It won’t matter at all that the strips are different ages, and if you do need to buy a whole new curtain, you can always keep any strips that are still in good shape as spares for the next time you make a replacement. Store them carefully and they’ll work a treat.

What is the difference between PVC and uPVC? 

You may have heard of the term uPVC previously, but with no indication of what it actually means. Is it different to PVC, and if so, how? We have all of the answers so that you don’t have to work it out for yourself. There are many differences between the two – and this is what they are.

How they are made

The biggest point of difference between the two forms of plastic is in the way that they are made. During the production process, plasticisers are added to the lightweight plastic in order to turn it into PVC, or polyvinyl chloride. This makes it softer, and more flexible. If the plasticisers are not added, then it becomes known as uPVC – unplasticised polyvinyl chloride. That distinction helps us to understand where many of the differences come in. In the US, it is also known as rigid PVC or vinyl siding. As a result of the manufacturing process, PVC also contains phthalates and BPA – which uPVC does not.

Their uses

Understandably, there are a lot of different uses for both forms of the plastic. PVC is used in our strip curtains, because it is flexible and can be easily moved out of place, as well as being transparent and lightweight. It can also be used for pipes, cable insulation, toys, and even items of clothing. uPVC, on the other hand, can be used for more solid requirements, like window frames. It is also often used for plumbing and draining purposes.

Their properties

As we have already mentioned, PVC is a lot more flexible – but it is also very durable. It can be made transparent, and requires a low cost to manufacture. uPVC is rigid and will not flex. However, it is also durable, and it can be recycled easily. It is fire-resistant and is also considered to be safe for transporting drinking water, which is why it is often used for plumbing and piping. It is also resistant to chemical erosion, and the smooth interior helps to encourage water flow. PVC, on the other hand, would normally be used for waste lines, irrigation systems, or pool circulation systems. It’s easy to cut into small pieces and can be held together with glue, which makes it a great alternative to copper or aluminium pipes.

Health and safety

PVC-coated wires can be dangerous in a fire, and plasticisers can also leach out of PVC into the environment. This is why it’s a good idea to invest in PVC which has been given a fire-resistant coating where possible. Some phthalates have also been flagged up as dangerous, but they have been replaced in modern manufacturing with other forms. There are no real safety risks with uPVC, particularly considering that it is already fire resistant and thus will not release fumes in a blaze. Both forms of plastic can be coated with extra resistance, and PVC can also be altered slightly during manufacturing in order to make it more resistant to cold temperatures. This is ideal for use in the food industry, where cold storage and freezer storage are common elements.

 

What to look for in a high quality PVC strip door?

While you might be able to find PVC strip doors at extremely low prices, usually this means that you are going to end up with something low quality. So how do you know when you’ve found something like our products – the best quality at the lowest price? Use these tips as your checklist.

Origin

Europe is usually the supplier of the highest quality PVC, so this is where you should be looking to buy your strip curtains from. The UK and France in particular are known as the best. The reason for this is partly due to the manufacturing process. In these countries, UV stabilisers are required to be added to the PVC. This means that they won’t see as much damage from the sun’s rays, which can blister them or create cracks in the surface.

Click here to get an instant online pvc curtains quote

Click here to get an instant online pvc curtains quote

Durability

You want to make sure that your PVC strip curtains will last. Durability is important in a material that will be used roughly as a doorway for a long while. It is probably going to be used daily, with many people passing through during working hours. This means it needs to be strong enough to withstand a certain amount of abuse without getting damaged.

Visibility

When you have the PVC strips in your hand, examine them closely. Good quality PVC will be almost translucent, allowing you to see through with only a small amount of distortion. This is very important for health and safety considerations. Low-quality curtains will be closer to opaque, which is a sign that they have not been manufactured to a high enough standard. Light won’t pass through very easily, which means more money spent on your electricity bills every month.

Cleanliness

Can you see dirt on the PVC strips already? If you don’t see it now, then you will certainly see it soon. When it comes time to clean your curtains off, get a wet sponge and simply wipe it along the surface of the PVC. Most dirt should come off right away with this method. However, when low-quality PVC is exposed to sunlight and starts to crack, this opens up opportunities for germs and bacteria to grow. They can live in this environment and multiply, and when you wipe over them with your sponge or cloth, they won’t budge. Looking at the strip, you may see visible dirt in cracks and lines of the PVC. When this happens soon after installing the curtains, you will know you aren’t dealing with the best quality.

Safety

Your curtains will also be rated for safety in certain situations. For example, good quality PVC curtains will be fire retardant and self-extinguishing. If they aren’t, they may catch on fire or melt – which would release toxic gasses into the nearby area. This is the last thing you want, especially if your employees are in the building when a fire starts. No matter what industry you work in or where you are installing your curtains, remember that there is always a risk of fire – so you don’t want to take a chance on this.

Price

If the PVC curtains are priced high, you might think this is a sign of quality. On the other hand, there’s only so much cost involved in manufacturing the PVC, and some companies are clearly charging way over the odds. When this is the case, you should be wary, as they are clearly more concerned with profit than customer satisfaction.

 

5 benefits to using PVC strip door kits for your doorways

If you have been thinking about using PVC strips in your doorways, you may wish to consider going for a door kit rather than purchasing a custom specification order of strips. There are a lot of benefits to take from this approach, including the following things you will definitely want to keep in mind.

1. They’re cheaper than custom PVC curtains

If you want to order custom PVC curtains to fit a specific space, that’s certainly possible – and we will be able to provide a result that fits your needs entirely. However, if you don’t have a complicated doorway – if it’s just a very simple doorway like any other – then you may not actually need to have it made to custom specifications. You can use a PVC strip door kit instead, which allows you to easily install the PVC curtains without any hassle. Why spend more money on getting custom curtains made if you can just use the door kits we already have available?

Click here to buy pvc curtains

Click here to buy pvc curtains

2. They are perfect for pest control

PVC strip doors are great at only letting through the things that you want to come through. A human can walk through them easily, but it won’t be so easy for pests to get through. Smaller pests like mice, insects, and bugs won’t be able to push the curtains aside – they will be too heavy for their small bodies. This means that they stay outside, where they are meant to. The same goes for birds: even if they fly into the curtains, which is unlikely, they will find themselves hitting the PVC and going nowhere.

3. They keep everything inside

As well as stopping things from coming in, PVC strip curtains can also be really handy for keeping things from getting out. One example of this is the fact that your business (or home) will be able to save an estimated 35% to 50% in energy bills, because of the fact that the curtains aid with temperature regulation. If the area behind your PVC door is heated, or chilled, then that temperature-controlled air will not be able to leak out as much – which means your system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep it the same temperature.

You can also keep noise to one area: depending on the thickness of the PVC doors that you choose and the overlap between the strips, you can reduce noise pollution by as much as 18db. For an area with heavy machinery operation, this can be a real blessing for those just outside the doorway.

4. They let light in

One thing that the curtains don’t stop from getting through is light. Compared to not having anything at all in the doorway, you can get as much as 80% light transmission coming through your PVC strip door. The clear material means that visibility will stay good without having to add in extra lighting or turn more lights on. If your doorway opens onto the outdoors, this means plenty of natural light getting through.

5. They are safe to use

We ensure that our PVC strip door kits are rated as highly as possible for health and safety. We can assure you that they are DOP Free and REACH compliant. They are also rated as Self-Extinguishing (DIN 53 382), so they are not a potential hazard in a fire situation. Having extra visibility will also help improve your safety, as you can see through the doorway before you step through the curtains.

All in all, PVC strip door kits are highly convenient – and with our high quality products, you will find that they more than do the job you expect.

What are PVC rolls used for?

PVC has such a wide range of uses, and in creating specific forms with it, we can target it towards certain uses and industries. In the case of PVC rolls, there are still a large number of applications you can use it for. Here are some suggestions of the uses that you might come across most commonly.

Datacentre separators

Datacentres can be very hot and very noisy places. This is due to all of the electricity required, and the by-products of that energy. Installing PVC rolls as separators down certain aisles helps to control the level of heat in the overall room, as well as cutting down on noise pollution. The extra benefit is that clear PVC curtains still allows you to look over to the other side of the room through all of the barriers.

click here for a quote on pvc curtains

Chiller cabinet doors

You know the type: a chiller with PVC doors, or strips, hanging across it. The customer simply has to reach in through the PVC – which is easily done, because it is flexible and lightweight – and take out what they need. Once they are gone, the PVC roll falls back into place and continues to form a barrier. PVC helps to keep in heat – or keep it out, in this case. It stops cold air from leaking out, so that you can lower your heating bill. It also stops warm air from getting in, so your chiller is cheaper to run. It’s also more hygienic, forming a barrier to pests and smells.

Cold room doors

Again, if you want to keep an area cold or stop cold from leaking out, PVC rolls are perfect for the job. They can form doors to larger areas, such as walk-in cold rooms, in factories, warehouses, and retail units. They also serve a health and safety purpose: employees moving from one space to another can see through the clear PVC, and won’t step out into the path of danger – ideal in warehouse areas where forklifts may be moving around.

Loading bay doors

It’s not ideal to leave part of your warehouse or factory open to the elements. On the other hand, it’s tedious and time-consuming to install doors which have to be opened and closed every time you load a lorry. With PVC curtains, both problems are solved. Rain, wind, sun, and pests are kept out of the indoor space. When loading, employees can simply move through the barriers, which will lift out of the way and slip back into place easily. There’s no delay as there would be when opening and closing a door, and the movement is so much easier. It’s the ideal solution to the loading bay problem.

We haven’t even begun to cover all of the various uses of PVC rolls – you could also list welding bays and booths as an area needing flexible and moveable protection, for example. The applications are almost endless. That’s why PVC rolls have so much potential, both in the workplace and even at home.

Where Can I Purchase Clear PVC Door Strips?

When buying clear PVC door strips, especially for commercial use, it is very important that you find the right quality available at the right price. That’s where we come in. We have done the hard work of finding the right suppliers and making good deals on prices, so all you have to do is place your order.

A reliable company

It is always important to know that you can trust the company you are purchasing from. You want the highest possible quality, with good installation and the ability to make contact if you need to. A reliable company gives you the peace of mind that everything will go as planned. So, why should you know that you can rely on us?

  • We have been established for over 40 years in the PVC industry
  • We work with well-established companies and education authorities across the country
  • We have strong technical knowledge about our comprehensive product range
  • We are responsive to all customer queries and have a professional attitude

We certainly know what it takes to make PVC curtains that last and do the job they are needed for, and we are experts in our field.

Clear pvc door strips

Click here for an online quote

Swift service

The other consideration that many customers are concerned about is getting their products delivered in a timely manner. What is it that makes us quicker than our competition, without losing that quality of service?

  • We offer an instant online quote so that you don’t need to wait for a call or email response
  • We have same day and next day despatch options to help you get your PVC curtains when you are in a hurry
  • We pack our kits to order so that no quality is lost and the PVC curtains do not form a permanent roll – but keep our process system smooth so it still gets out to you on schedule
  • We ensure that our PVC curtains are easy to assemble when you get them – but we also offer an installation service if you want to get it done as quickly as possible
  • If you know what you want and are ready to order, you can choose your options online to make your purchase in a matter of minutes

Variety of products

Another thing to think about is the kind of PVC curtains or door strips you need. Evidently, there are different sizes required for different uses, and door strips may require other options as well. We offer plenty of customisation in the following areas:

  • Size and length of PVC strips
  • Use of hanging strips or strips attached to a rail, depending on your fitting requirements
  • Strip doors ready to hang in a kit, or installed for you on arrival
  • Different colours, including clear, yellow, black, red, and orange
  • Freezer and chiller grade PVC, welder grade, anti-static, and perforated for various uses

No matter what your needs, we have the PVC door strips that will suit you. Get in touch with us today or find your quote online for a quick and easy purchase.

PVC curtain doors for cold storage

When looking to protect your cold storage areas, PVC curtains are the ideal solution. If you are not yet aware of the many benefits of using these curtains, read on: you could save your company a lot of money, as well as improving your health and safety rating. This is everything you need to know about using our PVC curtain doors in cold storage.

Click here for a quote for custom PVC curtains

Click here for a quote for custom PVC curtains

PVC curtain door details

First off, let’s take a look at what kind of PVC curtain doors we supply. Our Polar Grade curtains are:

  • – Suitable for use in chilled areas, freezer rooms, freezer cabinets and refrigerated vehicles
  • – Recommended for use between -15°C and +20°C
  • – Rated to become hard without breaking, known as cold flex, at -33°C
  • – Available in strips of 100mm x 2mm, 200mm x 2mm, 200mm x 3mm, 300mm x 3mm, and 400mm x 4mm
  • – Available in slotted styles for more flexibility, which is very useful for chiller cabinets
  • – Assembled by our team
  • – Installed by our team nationwide, or supplied ready for you to install yourself
  • – We also stock PVC strip door kits for standard size doors which you can purchase online and have delivered to your door.

Why PVC

Now that you know what our Polar Grade PVC strips are like, why should you choose them? Well, the advantages of using PVC in cold storage are numerous.

First of all, you won’t believe what a difference they make in terms of temperature control. Your heating and cooling bills will be drastically reduced, as full coverage of PVC strips stops cold air from leaking out of the cold storage as much.

Not only that, but other things will find it hard to get through the curtains as well: noise, smells, and even insects or vermin can all be contained or repelled by the use of strip curtains. The strips are light enough to be easily pushed aside by human hands, but heavy enough to form a solid block against all of these things until they are moved.

They are also very flexible, which makes them easier for use in an area where employees may be busy and rushing. You can push them aside any way that is convenient, even one-handed whilst carrying other items.

PVC is very easy to keep clean, as you can simply wipe it down to remove all traces of dirt and bacteria. This is hugely useful in cold storage, which often contains food products. You can vastly improve your health and safety and cleanliness ratings by replacing traditional doors with PVC curtain doors.

Another health and safety aspect of PVC is that it is clear, meaning that you can see through it. This can help to prevent collisions and accidents, and also save time. This can be a great advantage in factories or warehouses where vehicles and pedestrians share the same passages.

 

Our new range of crash doors

If you have an area with heavy traffic, our new range of crash doors is going to be perfect for your business. Increasing safety, helping to control the passage of heat and air, and allowing for a clearly visible passageway, they will improve the situation no matter where you place them.

What are they?

PVC crash doors are doors which swing open easily when you want to pass through them. Made of PVC, or with PVC panelling, they allow you to see to the other side through the transparent material before you step through. You may well have seen crash doors before, in areas such as hospitals, warehouses, factories, or supermarkets. They are often used anywhere there is a need to move quickly from one area to another, but where there is also a need to keep the inside protected from the outside world in some way.

Single panel pvc crash door

Single panel crash door

Who needs them?

Crash doors are used in a wide range of industries, and as such there are many businesses which might need to use them. Here are some examples:

  • Supermarkets or wholesalers – they can be used to control passage from storage rooms into public areas, to keep freezer areas cool, and to control the air coming in from outside the store
  • Cold stores – whether in a retail area or a manufacturing plant, crash doors can help to regulate the temperature and save money on cooling bills
  • Warehouse industrial units – to control traffic, noise pollution, and temperature between different areas of the warehouse, crash doors are also hugely important for health and safety
  • Food preparation areas – a must-have for controlling contaminants and temperatures
  • Factories – putting up crash doors next to noisy lines can control noise pollution for the rest of the factory, and you can also use them to control passage of forklifts and other vehicles around pedestrian areas
  • Pharmaceutical units – great for creating a barrier between the public area and the store room, which may need to be cooled to a certain temperature
  • Hospitals & healthcare – perfect for pharmaceutical areas as above, but also for controlling passage into different areas such as wards

What are the benefits?

If you are one of the businesses above, or another business with a similar set-up, you might be wondering what crash doors can do for you. Here is a list of the benefits that they can provide:

  • Preventing of draughts or heat loss in warm areas to save on heating bills
  • Keeping cool areas cool to save on cooling bills
  • Minimising noise pollution
  • Slowing down traffic and providing a barrier between pedestrian and vehicle areas
  • Allowing for passage between two areas with good visibility on both sides before passing through
  • Better value for money than other door solutions
  • Easy to wipe clean – fantastic for hospitals or food preparation areas where contamination must be avoided
  • Built to last – PVC is durable and tough
  • Allowing for quick passage between two areas, without needing to open a handle or press a button
  • Both pedestrians and vehicles such as forklifts can pass through

We make sure to choose the best possible quality PVC at all times so that you never have any problems with your crash doors, but we also regulate our suppliers carefully to ensure that you can get the lowest possible cost. This means that you, as the customer, get the best quality at the lowest price – something that we always pride ourselves on. When you’re ready to order your PVC crash doors, simply get in touch, and we will offer fast delivery on a product that suits your needs completely.