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How Vinyl Product Manufacturers Have Embraced Innovation

Mar 2017

As the vinyl industry embarks on a comprehensive, sustainability strategy, it’s important to recognize that today’s innovators are building on the progress made across the vinyl value chain over the last 50 years. And that continuous performance improvement isn’t just happening on the vinyl resin factory floor.

Like their vinyl resin manufacturing counterparts, product manufacturers have also embraced purpose-driven innovation. In the process, they’ve designed and built better vinyl floors, roofs, and more. 

Here’s a look at what happens when an industry works together to be more innovative and more sustainable:

  • Vinyl windows today have the structural integrity to support large panes of glass thanks to improvements in the quality of the resin being manufactured. Advances in additive technology have also led to the introduction of pastel and dark-colored vinyl window frames, providing new options for designers and end users.
  • Today’s luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and luxury vinyl plank (LVP) products are a feat of design, engineering, and technological advancement. Bringing together multiple types of vinyl resins utilized to manufacture LVT and LVP. Manufacturers have the ability to create multi-layer products that are found everywhere from upscale hotels to restaurants, university housing, and even private homes because of the realistic visual appeal they provide in conjunction with excellent durability and ease of maintenance.
  • Vinyl roof manufacturers have been at the forefront of doing more with less. These companies have established “takeback” programs in which they recover vinyl roofs at end-of life, reclaiming the materials and reincorporating the vinyl into their manufacturing process.
  • Insulated vinyl siding, which is fused to a foam backing material to create an all-in-one siding insulation system, is providing home owners with an energy efficient building envelop that is virtually maintenance free, and highly impact resistant.

As the US vinyl industry embarks on a comprehensive sustainability initiative, it’s useful to celebrate past successes while embracing the challenges to come.