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What Is Expanded PVC Foam Board?

Sep. 07, 2021

Expanded PVC foam board, also known as expanded polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is a lightweight, rigid form of expanded foam polyvinyl chloride. It is commonly used for commercial applications such as digital and screen printing, lamination, vinyl lettering, signage, etc. Environmentally friendly and non-toxic, expanded PVC sheet offers strength, durability, fire retardancy, and chemical resistance while being easy to cut and shape.


Not to be confused with foam board

Expanded PVC foam board is often confused with foam board, but don't get it twisted, there's a big difference between the two materials! Foamboard, or foam core, consists of polystyrene foam and can have a paper outer surface on both sides. It is often used for light interior applications. It is also popular as a backing material in photo frames or photography as a light reflector. Expanded PVC foam board is super durable, lightweight, and flexible and is made from polyvinyl chloride. 

 PVC Foam Board

Unlike foam sheets, PVC sheets are available in a wide range of thicknesses and can be printed on any side. They are also ideal for outdoor applications as they are strong and resistant to harsh weather. Foam boards are suitable for indoor projects when used with exterior elements, glues, and certain types of paint. Expanded PVC foam boards outlast foam boards and are the preferred choice for signage, yard signs, menu boards, directional signs, and more.


Benefits of Expanded PVC Foam Board

Expanded PVC foam board is relatively resistant to chemical wear and tear and has a low water absorption rate. This ultimately makes it ideal for both indoor and outdoor use and is often used for outdoor applications such as signage as it resists the damaging effects of rain, wind, and sunlight. PVC foam is also lightweight, meaning it is easier to transport than alternatives such as glass, wood, or metal. It is also an affordable option for those who want to provide corrosion resistance and fire retardancy.


Applications for expanded PVC foam panels

 It is strong, durable, and versatile for many visual merchandising and signage applications. Available in a wide range of colors, expanded PVC is a good substrate for digital and screen printing, painting, laminating, vinyl lettering, and forming projects.

PVC Foam Board     

Due to its strength and durability, expanded PVC foam board is a good alternative to similar materials such as polycarbonate plastic, which can be more prone to scratching. In addition, their resistance to chemical damage makes them ideal when compared to other plastics that can be damaged when using strong cleaning agents, such as acrylic.


Perhaps the most common use of expanded PVC foam board is for signage - particularly when used outdoors where resistance to corrosion is essential. When business owners need a sign that will stand the test of time in the outdoor elements, they often turn to an expanded PVC foam board. Once again, due to its durability, it is not uncommon for PVC foam board to be used as wall panels or office furniture. It can also be used for photo mounting.


In retail spaces, expanded PVC foam board can be used for booths, signage, or displays. PVC foam board is also available in a wide range of colors, making it an even more popular choice for commercial applications where durability and aesthetics are required. Whether you are interested in strong plastics for promotional materials or interior design for office spaces, expanded PVC panels may be the perfect solution for your needs.

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Started from Chengdu Sichuan in 2003,Aibo aims to be “the leader of China’s board industry” since its business beginning. We are specialized in the R&D and manufacture of board products such as PVC foam sheets, polystyrene foam sheets, and PVC colored foam sheets which are more lightweight, environment-friendly, economical, healthy, and convenient. 

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