PVC Frames in Residential Projects: Strength and Low Maintenance

PVC, also known as Polyvinyl Chloride or Polyvinyl Chloride (synthetic material), is one of the most widely used plastics worldwide, with 40 million tonnes produced each year. It has many uses and is used in construction to both add to infrastructure and as a finishing material.

This material has been a success on the market and is now an option for frames, which are the most costly element of a building. These frames are made from rigid PVC and can last longer than aluminum and timber. Although it is still a relatively new material in construction production, its benefits have won the industry over and its use has become more frequent.

PVC frames are strong and lightweight, so they can be used in medium to large glazed openings. They can also be used in thermal or acoustic frames to isolate the internal environment from noises or the weather outside. This material isn’t as malleable and needs strong section profiles to support it. It is difficult to create wispy frames or unusual shapes.

Casa da Fazenda / ARQUITETARIA . Image © Guilherme Jordani

The most popular frame is the white one. However, it’s possible to paint or film layers or add textures or colors that are neutral or similar to wood or metal over them.

Apartamento 203S – Marcílio II / CoDA arquitetos. Image © Joana França

It is possible to colorize the profile of a project before it is completed. This will ensure a uniform paint job. In the event of a renovation, you can paint the frame if it has been installed. Film finishes are applied as a sticker to the frame. Covers are thin layers of PVC that include the profile and can have metallic or wood textures.

Re.canto (do eu) / Arquitetura27. Image © Camila Santos
Re.canto (do eu) / Arquitetura27. Image © Camila Santos
Casa AR / NV Arquitetura. Image © Rpdois Imagens
Casa AR / NV Arquitetura. Image © Rpdois Imagens

PVC frames are increasingly being used in large housing projects around the globe, especially in buildings and housing projects. This is because they last a long time with minimal maintenance. PVC frames offer a great alternative to plastic, especially for environments with high humidity or other maintenance problems.

Berutti 160 / Comunello Felix Arquitetura. Image © Marcelo Donadussi
Berutti 160 / Comunello Felix Arquitetura. Image © Marcelo Donadussi
Verdea / Poggione + Biondi Arquitectos . Image © Juan Solano Ojasi
Verdea / Poggione + Biondi Arquitectos . Image © Juan Solano Ojasi