Five reasons to install vinyl panels and not FRP inside food facilities

The fast-paced food processing facilities require a strong, waterproof, durable wall cladding material to ensure paramount cleanliness. The food-safe vinyl panels deliver excellent performance without the FRP limitations. FRP is a great cladding material but is not ideal for food processing wall panels. Although many claims about the advantages of FRP, several shortcomings also need to be addressed. If you are looking for a better-performing and longer-lasting FRP alternative, consider Duramax PVC products. Here are five reasons why vinyl panels are a better alternative to FRP.

Affordable PVC installation 

The vinyl panel installation takes only 7 to 8 hours. It’s a one-person job and requires no skilled laborers or additional resources for the fittings. The PVC panels arrive directly from the factory within 2 weeks in DIY kits. The customized PVC panels have studs and hidden fasteners to ensure a perfect installation without hassles. A novice helper can install the PVC panels within hours by following the step-by-step guide.

On the other hand, FRP panels are low-cost, but the installation is double the material cost. The FRP panels require additional materials, skilled laborers, and at least 2 days for the installation. The FRP panel installation is expensive, laborious, and time-consuming. Rather consider installing PVC wall panels to save 40% on material costs and 50% on labor expenses.

PVC – The low-maintenance wall panel 

The food processing facilities have high humidity, and the unhygienic conditions can lead to bacterial infestation and damage the edibles. Installing low-maintenance food processing wall panels is ideal. The FRP panels are not good enough as they absorb moisture, rot, degrade, and peel off. The FRP panels are highly susceptible to callbacks and require expert upkeep to maintain hygiene inside the facility. On the other hand, PVC wall panels are easy to clean. The vinyl panels are chemical-resistant, and light bleaches can be used to retain the sheen and luster. The PVC panels don’t require professional upkeep or regular cleaning. Occasionally wiping the PVC panels with a damp mop is great for the upkeep. The low-maintenance PVC panels are a hassle-free and cost-effective cladding material for the long haul.

Durable and sturdy PVC panels are highly coveted

The PVC panels made from 100% virgin vinyl last for 45 to 50 years with minimal upkeep. The durable vinyl panels are 7x times recyclable and have a lifespan of 140 years. The PVC panels have ½ inch thickness and are robust wall cladding materials. The vinyl panels manufactured by implementing the truss technology are impact-resistant and do not warp, crack, bend or break. On the other hand, the thin FRP wall panels have OSB backers that absorb moisture resulting in delamination, peeling off, rotting and molding. The FRP panels are highly prone to repair callbacks and are not recyclable. The FRP panels need to get replaced completely after damage. The FRP panels are not ideal for wet commercial food facilities as they are not 100% water-resistant.


Keeping cleanliness, hygiene, and productivity in mind, many food production businesses install FRP panels without knowing that the wall material mold, rot, and absorbs moisture. As a result, the FRP panels are not resistant to heat and moisture, and the product starts to degrade. Mold and mildew aren’t welcome in food processing facilities, making FRP a bad choice for the commercial sector. On the other hand, Duramax PVC products are highly hygienic and entirely compliant with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) quality parameters. The customized PVC panels meet the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) requirements. Duramax PVC panels undergo strict quality checking before getting dispatched to the customers. As a result, the food-grade vinyl panels maintain utmost sanitization inside the food processing facilities, while FRP fails to deliver an ideal environment.

PVC – The one-time, long-term investment 

The bright PVC panels and the whitish finishing enhance the available light, offering the food processing facilities a clean, professional ambiance. The lightweight PVC panels outperform FRP in more ways than one. The smooth, non-porous surface is aesthetically appealing and can easily withstand bumps from heavy equipment or food carts without breaking or cracking. In addition, Duramax PVC panels come with a $25,000 money-back guarantee. If you find the Duramax wall panels peeling, rotting, molding, and delaminating, the manufacturers take full responsibility for replacing the wall material and covering up the labor costs.

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