Flexible Vinyl (FPVC)
Flexible polyvinyl chloride (FPVC) is soft and suited for applications that require flexibility.
On the flipside of RPVC comes flexible polyvinyl chloride (FPVC). Contrary to RPVC’s notable rigidity, FPVC is soft and suited for applications that require flexibility above and beyond what rigid vinyl is able to provide. Like rigid vinyl, flexible vinyl is extremely affordable and cost-effective. FPVC can easily be shaped and arranged to serve your needs. Flexible vinyl is versatile and has usually been modified by from its rigid variant through the addition of a plasticizer or another additive. Like RPVC, FPVC can be UV stabilized and offers excellent heating resistance. A smooth surface helps prevent the buildup of sediment. In home construction, flexible vinyl is sometimes used for flooring, roofing, and wall coverings. Flexible PVC is particularly useful for plastic packaging and can be modified into unusual shapes, like jar lids. FPVC is noted for the wide range of substances that it is able to carry, including a wide range of chemicals, liquids, and gasses. Flexible vinyl does not rust or corrode and is lightweight and easy to work with, relative to other materials. One downside of flexible vinyl, at least relative to rigid vinyl, is its limited capacity for tolerating pressure beyond a certain point. Furthermore, FPVC material is more prone to kinking, depending upon how thin it is.
FPVC material is available in varying degrees of toughness, from its default flexibility to semi-rigid variants. It can also be ordered according to FDA standards for applications involving food or drinking water. Flexible vinyl comes in a variety of clear or opaque colors, the latter of which work best for outdoor applications.