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PVC: The Rubber Alternative

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a thermoplastic material that is commonly used as a flooring alternative in environments where rubber matting is not suitable. Ranking as third in the most widely produced plastic polymers, PVC comes in two basic forms: Rigid Polymer and Flexible PVC.

Known for their stability and exemplary thermal properties, rigid PVCs are un-plasticised polymers that are widely used in construction, wall and door protection and window frames. Flexible PVCs on the other hand have better bending properties due to the addition of plasticisers – making them a viable option for pipes, film and fabric coatings.

Distinct Features and Advantages

PVC is an economical option with the following notable features:


Compared to most plastics, PVC’s 1.4 specific gravity allows it to be denser; making it an ideal rubber alternative in workshops, garages, factories and communal areas.

Tensile Strength

Rigid PVC’s tensile strength ranges from 34 to 62 MPa, while flexible PVC has a tensile strength of 6.9 – 25 MPa. PVC is therefore suitable for various sheeting or matting applications.


Coming in a wide array of colours and finishes, PVC is a versatile material that is ideal in play areas, gyms, homes and work areas. It offers different functional styles that are great for outlining safety zones and walkways and textures that provide excellent grip qualities.


When used as a matting alternative, PVC anti-fatigue matting can withstand heavy footfall while serving as underfoot cushioning –  making gym and sports areas safe yet comfortable on the legs and feet.


PVC products, particularly PVC mats, are suitable for indoor and outdoor applications. With hardwearing properties that make them resistant to moisture, chemicals, weathering, abrasion and shock, they are commonly seen in playgrounds as linkable or jigsaw mats or in wet areas as safety matting. With proper installation and maintenance, PVC can last for over 20 years.


Compared to other materials, PVC costs less. Since it is highly durable, it can be reshaped at very high temperatures – giving it endless recycling possibilities.

Uses of PVC

PVC products are perfect for industrial environments. Cost-effective without compromising on quality, PVC is extensively used in the following applications:

  • Construction as insulation on electrical wires
  • Flooring areas where rubber is not applicable
  • Sheets and curtains that retain cold air or reduce heat loss

If you find yourself in search of the best indoor/outdoor product, PVC is THE material to go for! With its distinct characteristics and a multitude of advantages, it is the perfect all-rounder! For the finest PVC matting and sheets for all your industrial requirements, call Coruba on 01702 560194.

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