PVC lining is a modern and inexpensive finishing material. It is an excellent substitute for expensive products made from natural materials.
Finishing material made of natural wood will cost several times more (the cost of plastic panels starts from 50 rubles per piece, while the cost of natural lining starts from 300 rubles), but it will last several times less. This is due to the properties of the material from which the vinyl lining is made. It is made from polyvinyl chloride with the addition of dyes and plasticizers under the influence of high temperatures.
For greater environmental friendliness, substances that are toxic and hazardous to humans are removed from the mixture. It is used for cladding and cladding country houses, balconies, walls and ceilings in rooms. This type of cladding is easy to install and easy to transport. PVC lining has managed to establish itself as a reliable and durable finishing material.
Plastic lining is one of the most modern and affordable cladding methods today. There are several types of plastic finishing material: lining itself, sheet lining and panels. They differ in size and number of seams.
Plastic lining is made of synthetic material. This means it is more durable than its wood counterpart and is easier to maintain. It can be used both for cladding inside buildings and outside. After all, the lining perfectly tolerates the action of ultraviolet rays and temperature drops.
If you are going to use the cladding in harsh conditions, then there is a special frost-resistant type.
The main feature and at the same time the advantage of plastic lining is the presence of cavities in it. Thanks to them, the cladding has excellent heat and sound insulation characteristics.
Another important feature is ease of use: the surface does not need to be prepared for installation. The cladding is able to hide all the flaws and imperfections of the wall, to level it.
The service life of such a finishing material is 10-15 years. At the same time, it does not corrode and does not rot, which contributes to the preservation of an attractive appearance throughout the entire period of its service.
Sheathing is unpretentious in maintenance. To maintain its good appearance, it is enough to wipe it down as it gets dirty. The lining is moisture resistant and not afraid of water.
Now, when choosing a material for cladding, many think not only about practicality, thermal insulation and other important parameters, but also about aesthetic beauty. And by this parameter, vinyl lining bypasses its competitors. After all, it has a neat appearance, and it has no equal in the number and variety of colors and shapes.
PVC lining will perfectly fit into any interior. There is an option that imitates other coatings and materials: like pine, stone, etc. Plastic will not have to be painted after sheathing in your favorite color, unlike wooden lining. PVC panels do not have to be tinted over time, because they will not peel off or discolor.
A good bonus after such a finish will be a visual increase in the space of the room. This is due to the embossed surface and the high level of light reflection (mirror effect).
An excellent solution would be to make a backlight behind the cladding. You don't have to buy special materials for this: you can make neat holes yourself. This lighting will look unusual and will definitely surprise guests and acquaintances.
Also, plastic is easy to decorate. At any time, you can apply self-adhesive film, paint, screen printing on it.
Plastic trim will be an excellent assistant in camouflaging pipes, wires, etc. They can easily be put between the wall and the sheathing, without fear of ignition of the wiring and the outbreak of fire. In this case, you can also use the backlight.
The good thing about plastic lining is that it doesn't have to be placed only vertically or horizontally. Modern designers and technologies offer many other, more beautiful types of its placement, for example, diagonally.
Seamless lining, for example, white, is good for interior work. The modern interior also uses matte and laminated lining. It is desirable that it be colored.
Scope of application
Initially, the lining was used only for covering the carriages. But over time, comfortable and beautiful material migrated to homes. This type of cladding is suitable for rooms where a large amount of dirt, moisture, and other unfavorable conditions are concentrated, in which lining made of natural materials will not last long.
Now plastic is used for cladding bathrooms, kitchens, balconies, loggias and bathrooms. After all, he will not absorb unpleasant odors. But in other rooms, the lining can perfectly match any interior and become a part of modern design.
PVC panels are suitable for cladding a country and country house. Due to their low cost and high reliability, they are chosen by summer residents. Also, plastic is very plastic, thanks to which PVC lining can be used in the most inconvenient places. Also, this type of cladding is lightweight. This removes unnecessary stress from the load-bearing walls of the house.
Also, the lining is used to create window slopes, despite the fact that special materials are intended for this.
Often, a thermal film is applied to the vinyl lining, which increases its thermal insulation capacity. Thanks to this, plastic panels are used as a heat insulator in summer cottages and gazebos.
Another advantage of vinyl clapboard is the variety of its sizes. It all depends on the type of material from which it is made. The standard dimensions of plastic lining are similar to those of its wood counterpart: length - 6 meters, width - 100 mm, thickness - 10 mm. Just like ordinary wall paneling, PVC can be cut into the lengths you need.
Plastic lends itself easily to external influences , therefore, in order to saw it off, it is not even necessary to have a grinder available - an ordinary hacksaw will do this task well. If you do not have it, do not despair, even with an ordinary sharpened knife, you can easily adjust the lining to the desired size.
You should also decide in advance on the width of the material. If the ceiling is sheathed, it is better to choose the widest one - 380 mm. It will be much easier to sheathe it and there will be fewer joints. In other cases, a standard lining is suitable. However, for the sake of width, you need to sacrifice long: the maximum length of wide plates is 3 meters, and the standard one is 220 cm.
In the form of panels, it has a width of 15 to 50 cm. Basically, panels with a width of 25 cm are used. Often they are used for cladding external walls of a house and ceilings, because they look very attractive and sophisticated, but at the same time they have very few gaps into which moisture can get in, and they are much easier and faster to fix.
Tips & Tricks
For sheathing with plastic clapboard, it is not necessary to hire a master, you can do everything yourself. And for this you don't even have to take a vacation - the work can be done in a couple of days. After all, another plus of vinyl lining is ease of use. For installation, you need to buy special accessories and corners. It is also advisable to have a hacksaw, a hammer drill (in case you are repairing an apartment), dowels and screws with you. It is worth deciding in advance on the location of the switches and sockets.
Cutting holes for them will not be difficult, but it is better to do this before you attach it to the wall. In order to determine how much material you need to buy, you need to measure the length and height of one wall and multiply these parameters. By repeating this operation with each wall and adding up the results, you can determine the total area of the walls. This is exactly how much material you will need to buy.
When covering a house, it should be borne in mind that plastic itself is not very strong, although it has mostly positive reviews. It will not be possible to hang heavy things on a surface lined with clapboard: shelves, cabinets, etc. Also, it will not be possible to expose the panels to mechanical influences: beat, lean anything on them. It can break easily. This is the only disadvantage of this material, and only in this parameter it is inferior to its wood counterparts.
What to look for when choosing?
When choosing a sheathing, you should pay attention to the stiffeners - "grooves". The more, the better. Also look at the distance between them - it should not exceed 10 mm.
When choosing, you should immediately decide what you want to sheathe the room with - vinyl clapboard or plastic panels. They differ only in size and method of connection.
Plastic lining is popular in Russia and other CIS countries , so recently many companies have appeared whose products are not officially certified and which produce low-quality products. Therefore, when buying, it is worth choosing only products from trusted and reliable manufacturers.
When choosing plastic panels, it is worth considering their characteristics. PVC lining can give off an unpleasant odor. When it burns, substances harmful to the body are released. However, the same material from which the vinyl lining is made is used in medicine (for packaging drugs) and in the food industry (food is packed into it). These facts speak of environmental safety and product reliability.
You need to look at the color quality of the plastic when buying. Many manufacturers, in order to save time and money, do not mix dye into the plastic mass during manufacture, but apply the paint directly to the surface. This is fraught with discoloration of the lining over time and the presence of a large number of scratches and chips, especially during careless transportation.
You need to pay attention to the tightness of the panels to each other. It is necessary that the gap between the spike and the hem is minimal. Otherwise, the lining will lose its insulating advantages.
Thus, it is not difficult to understand that PVC wall paneling is superior to its natural counterparts in many respects. It is because of this that a large number of people are inclined to choose this particular material for cladding an apartment or cladding a residential or country house. You can find it in any hardware store. If, when choosing, you follow all the recommendations and do not buy a fake, then the finish will delight you and your loved ones for many, many years.
Beautiful examples in the interior
Plastic lining is perfect for covering balconies and loggias due to its thermal insulation. If the windows of your balcony overlook a busy road, then you will find another plus: it is very easy to wipe off the dust from the plastic.
Also, vinyl lining will look perfect in the bathroom. It will not get damp and will not lose its beauty over time. For a variety of bathroom, you can choose a material with a seascape.
Plastic lining is also suitable for the kitchen. The variety of colors will make it lighter and more interesting. And the ease of cleaning and durability will delight the hostesses.
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