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Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a flexible or rigid material that is chemically nonreactive. PVC offers excellent corrosion and weather resistance. It has a high strength-to-weight ratio and is a good electrical and thermal insulator. The most widely used member of the vinyl family, PVC may be cemented, welded, machined, bent and shaped readily.

There are three broad classifications for rigid PVC compounds: Type I, Type II, and CPVC. Type II and CPVC offer better heat and chemical resistance as well as greater impact resistance. These materials are considered “unplasticized” (rigid) because they are less flexible than the plasticized formulations. Type I, II, and CPVC are normally available in rod, sheet, slab, pipe, tubular bar, fittings and valves. “Plasticized” PVC is available in sheet, film, fittings, flexible tubing, and pipe.

The properties of PVC can be varied by the addition of fillers, plasticizers, stabilizers and colorants. Contact an Emco Industrial Plastics representative who can help you choose the correct material to meet the needs of your applications.

Brand Names

Harvel® Bar

Simona® Brigade VS-1

Simona® Versadur 100 Series

Simona® Versadur 152

Vintec® I

Emco Industrial Plastics doesn’t claim to represent all of the manufacturers or trade name products listed. This list is intended as a guide of typical materials available for purchase from Emco Industrial Plastics, Inc. For additional information, contact an Emco Industrial Plastics representative by filling out the form below.

Looking for cut-to-size items off the shelf? Shop PVC sheets & bars, rods, tubes, rectangular tubes, and angles from our distribution partner Fix Supply. Check out their Knowledge Center for additional information.

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At a Glance

Generic Name
Polyvinyl Chloride, Type I

Available In
Sheet, Rod

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Technical Information

Stock Products Properties Applications Advantages Grades

Stock Products

Sheet 1/16″ – 4″ TH Dk. Grey, White, Grey, Clear, Ultra White
Rod 1/4″ – 12″ DIA Standard, CTS Grey

Give us your cut-to-size dimensions. We will precision-cut these plastics to your exact size. Additional sizes and colors available upon request.


Physical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Density lb/in³ D792 0.051
Water Absorption, 24 hrs % D570 0
Mechanical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Tensile Strength @yield psi D638 7500
Tensile Modulus psi D638 411000
Flexural Strength psi D790 12800
Flexural Modulus psi D790 481000
Hardness, Rockwell R D785 115
IZOD Impact Strength Notched ft-lb/in D256 1
Thermal PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion (x 10⁻⁵ in./in./°F) D696 6.1
Heat Deflection Temp at 264 psi °F 176
Max Operating Temp °F 140
Thermal Conductivity BTU-in/ft²-hr-°F C177 0.9
Flammability Rating UL94 V – O
Electrical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Dielectric Strength, 1/8″ th. V/mil D149 544
Dielectric Constant @60HZ D150 3.2
Dissipation Factor @ 60 Hz D150 0.0096
Volume Resistivity ohm-cm D257 5.4 x 10¹⁵

NOTE: The property values presented above are typical values intended for reference and comparison purposes only. They should NOT be used as a basis for design specifications or quality control. Contact us for manufacturers’ complete material property datasheets. All values at 73°F (23°C) unless otherwise noted.


  • Welded Tanks
  • Valves, fittings, and piping systems
  • Pool liners
  • Ducts
  • Pump parts
  • Machine guards


  • High impact strength
  • Dimensionally stabile
  • Easily machined using standard metal working tools
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Easily cemented and welded
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent electrical properties
  • Excellent fire rating


  • Type I
  • Type II
  • Pipe Grade
  • Expanded

NOTE: Several grades of this material are available. For additional information regarding this plastic, contact your Emco Industrial Plastics representative or call 973-862-4148.

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