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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Increase safety in the workplace with PVC curtains

Health and safety is hugely important in the workplace, both as an employer and for your employees. PVC curtains can help you to increase safety levels, and also aid with putting correct procedures into place. If you are wondering how, here is a full explanation of the ways PVC curtains can increase your workplace safety.

Create boundaries between areas

A PVC curtain can serve as a physical reminder that an employee is stepping from one area of the workplace to another. For example, if you are often loading lorries from your warehouse, you will want one area where the lorries load up, another where products are stored before being loaded, and perhaps another where items are manufactured or packaged. Each of those areas would require a different level of safety.

Passing through a PVC curtain can remind an employee that they need to switch into different safety equipment, such as a hi-vis coat or a hard hat. It can also remind them that one area is for foot traffic while another is for forklifts and other vehicles. It could even remind them not to overstep the boundaries and go into an area that they do not have authorisation for.

Slow down traffic

If you do have forklifts and foot traffic moving in the same areas, it is very important that traffic is controlled and kept to a maximum speed limit. You can help to slow down traffic by installing PVC curtains at important junctures.

In order to pass through the curtains safely, the forklift driver will need to slow down. Because of the transparency of the PVC, they will be able to look ahead and avoid any pedestrians coming towards them. This helps to keep traffic flow to a minimum and reduce speed at points where collisions might be more likely.

Because the PVC necessitates slowing down, it can even help in areas where employees are found to regularly flout your current safety regulations, such as slowing down, using lights, or using noise alerts on the vehicle. It is an extra measure which must be observed even when all others are ignored.

Prevent cross-contamination

If you have products such as foodstuffs in your workplace which must be protected, PVC curtains will help to prevent cross-contamination from other areas. You can use them as barriers for a door to the outside, as well as separating production areas from packing areas and from loading areas. Each extra layer of PVC curtains means it is much less likely for contamination of any kind to pass through.

Insects, rodents and other vermin, hot or cold air, smells, and even sounds can be kept at bay by PVC curtain installations. While they are not complete barriers, they will help to reduce the passage of contaminants whilst still keeping it easy for employees to pass from one area to another.

No matter what kind of workplace you are running, PVC can certainly help to increase safety in a number of different ways.

Keep food hygiene 5 star with PVC door curtains

If you are in the food industry in any capacity, you will need to adhere to strict hygiene rules. This is no surprise to those who deal with food daily, but keeping up standards on a daily basis can be difficult. You can improve your protocols and keep your food hygiene at a five-star level by using PVC door curtains – and here’s how.

PVC Door curtainsSeparating food and non-food storage

One of the ways in which you can use PVC curtains is to create a boundary between food and non-food storage. Because of the flexible yet heavy nature of the curtains, it will be easy for you or your employees to reach through the curtains, or to walk for them, in order to access the food. However, they form an effective barrier which prevents contamination coming over from the non-food side.

Make sure that you keep the curtains closed tightly at all times when the storage is not being accessed. This will help the curtains to work more efficiently. It is also essential that you measure your space properly in order to get the exact right fit when installing the curtains.

Keep out pests

If you have your food storage in an area which has contact with the outside world, for example near an open door or window, you will need to be concerned about pests. This can include flying or crawling insects, and even rodents such as wild rats or mice. Pests can easily access your food if it is not covered in any way.

The PVC curtains, while easy for a human to move, are too heavy to be moved by insects or rodents. This means that they will not be able to pass through and get to the food inside the curtains. If you are concerned about pests, be sure to clean your curtains regularly in case of contamination on the outside where pests have been. It’s very easy to clean the curtains – you can simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the PVC. The smooth material means that dirt and bacteria have nowhere to hide.

Maintain correct temperatures

Food hygiene can also be compromised if produce is not kept at the right temperatures. Too hot, and it could spoil easily. Too cold, and you may end up with freezer burn or find your liquids congealing. It’s important to maintain the right temperature at all times, and you can do this easily with PVC curtains in conjunction with a heating or cooling unit.

The use of PVC curtains cuts down on the amount of hot or cold air traveling through the barrier, thus making it easy to keep temperatures the same. Not only will this cut down on the chance of food spoiling, but it will also save your energy bill by making your systems more efficient.

Why are PVC strip doors essential when retaining heat

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Retaining heat is a big concern in a lot of businesses

Especially where you have a large area to work with, such as in a warehouse, it can be a real struggle to keep heat where you need it. Here’s why you should be looking at PVC strip doors as an essential purchase.

Why should you use PVC curtains rather than normal doors / doorways?

First off, let’s have a look at what happens when you use a normal door to fill in the gap. This will normally be kept closed, which is all well and good. However, in a busy working environment, it is likely that you will have employees coming in and out of the space often. This means that the door will be opened and closed frequently.

Every time the door opens, some of the heat escapes. This means that a little bit of the energy that you use to create the heat escapes too. Not only does this mean that you will need to use more energy to create more heat, but it also could mean that the overall temperature drops in the meantime. In a controlled environment, this is a huge problem.

With people walking in and out constantly, there may also be times when the door is left open. An employee or visitor could forget to close the door, or may not be aware of how urgently it needs to be closed. When in a rush, it’s certainly possible to push a door to rather than fully closing it. This will leave a gap which will cause problems with heat consistently disappearing over time.

Using PVC strip doors

So, what happens when you use PVC strip doors? Firstly, the doors will be see-through, meaning that people may not need to cross through them as often if they can simply look through. They also don’t have an opening and shutting mechanism – rather, you can slip through between each of the strips if you would like to.

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Less heat escapes when using the PVC strips, as the material is stronger and will retain the energy inside the room more easily. The “door” will also be open for a much shorter duration of time, which means less energy escaping every time someone enters or leaves the area.

It’s not possible to forget to shut this kind of door, or to accidentally leave the door ajar. As soon as someone has passed through, the strips will fall back into place, regaining the perfect coverage they were providing a moment before.

Overall, far less heat and energy will escape any time someone uses a PVC strip door as opposed to a regular door. When replacing a gap which was not blocked in any way previously, the difference can be phenomenal.