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PVC Vinyl Foam Material Guide: Properties, Types & Applications

Frank Lowe offers die cut Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) foam with & without adhesives. Read on for more about vinyl foam, PVC foam & PVC vinyl foam materials.

Whether it's called vinyl foam, PVC foam, or PVC vinyl foam — these monikers all refer to versatile Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) foam materials. PVC foam is a highly versatile, flexible, mid-density, lightweight, closed-cell foam, moisture-resistant material.

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Since 1955, Frank Lowe has been partnering with businesses across all markets to produce state-of-the-art industrial manufacturing solutions. We offer dedicated industrial contract manufacturing teams who specialize in providing comprehensive services to a variety of markets.From best-in-class materials, customizable products, and a full suite of industrial manufacturing services, we provide whatever it takes to help your business met its objectives. Regardless of the technical or logistics demands of your project, we will work with you every step of the way providing customizable distribution services and support to ensure the contract die cutting is completed and delivered on time, within budget, and to your exact specifications.

You can find PVC foam being used in a seemingly endless array of applications across a range of different industries. However, PVC vinyl foam is most often used in applications where it works to seal out air, dirt, and water. 

When the unique weather resistance of PVC foam is paired with its ability to be laminated, it can be used to create a very dynamic foam tape. Simply put, the possibilities are endless when it comes to the number of applications for PVC foams. 

And the team at Frank Lowe can help you explore how the unique attributes of PVC foam can be used to improve the performance of your application. Continue reading to learn more about PVC foam material offered at Frank Lowe.

PVC Foam Sheet Overview

PVC foam is one of the most superior, closed-cell, lightweight materials. It has a smother exterior skin with a matte finish that looks very similar to vinyl Nitrile foam.

At Frank Lowe, we offer closed-cell PVC foam in a vast range of densities and an endless array of shapes. Our materials are offered in large roll forms that are suitable for almost any type of foam slitting or die-cutting process.

When supplied on a roll, our PVC foam materials can be fabricated with a pressure-sensitive adhesive backing or without adhesives — depending on the specific application.

Because PVC foam is so durable, it can be used as tapes, panels, pads, sealing gaskets, and more. And this lightweight material is often used in industries, such as automotive, military, building, appliance, and electronics.

PVC Vinyl Foam Key Properties

At Frank Lowe, we regularly partner with our customers to suggest and die cut the best material for a specific application. Some of the key attributes and properties offered by PVC vinyl foam are.

Excellent Sealing & Compression Qualities

As we previously mentioned, PVC Vinyl foam is a closed-cell material with the ability to seal out moisture, air, light as well as dust whenever it's compressed to 30%.

Resistance to Acids, Solvents, Chemicals & UV

It boasts UV resistance and the ability to resist most solvents, acids, and chemicals. In addition, the material is very durable and rigid, which makes it in demand for an array of applications.

Good Cushioning, Sound Absorption & Shock Absorption

Vinyl foam provides excellent cushioning, is easily conformable, and remains flexible. PVC foams boast excellent sound absorption and shock absorption backed by wear resistance and strength that delivers long product life.

As a result, PVC foams are commonly used in gaskets to provide a reliable seal against light, moisture, air, and dust penetration. The key vinyl foam properties include:

  • Low water absorption
  • Strong sealing ability
  • Mid-density closed cell structure
  • Sound dampening ability
  • Shock absorption ability
  • Temperature insulation
  • Resistant to most acids and chemicals

What Are the Benefits of PVC Foam?

PVC foam offers a full range of different benefits based on the application. Some of the most common benefits of PVC vinyl foam include:

  • Performs extremely well across a full range of temperatures
  • Excellent cushioning abilities against vibrations and shock
  • Versatility allows it to be used in a wide range of industrial applications
  • Effective resistance against light, air, moisture, and dust

PVC Vinyl Foam Applications

Today, the number of applications for PVC foam has ballooned into a nearly infinite number.

PVC Vinyl Foam Gaskets

Because of its ability to resist dirt, dust, air, light, and noise, one of the top applications of PVC vinyl foam is for gaskets. This material is also commonly used for general-type mounting.

Cushioning Pads, Insulation, and Weather Stripping

Frank Lowe's vinyl foam is typically used as cushioning pads, seals, insulation foam tapes, weather stripping, vibration dampening applications, and more. The key applications for PVC vinyl foam include:

  • Appliances
  • Gaskets, seals, and pads with or without adhesive
  • PVC foam tapes
  • Weatherstripping
  • Automotive
  • HVAC
  • Marine
  • Transportation
  • And more

PVC Foam Tape

PVC foam has excellent weathering capabilities and is regularly laminated with an adhesive to manufacture different types of tape. When the material is double-coated, the foam tape can cushion, seal, withstand high-temperature fluctuations, and dampen vibrations.

PVC vinyl foam can also be used to bond rough, irregularly shaped surfaces temporarily as well as permanently. Double-sided adhesive PVC foam is most ideal for:

  • Wall corner protection
  • Trim panels
  • Indoor signage
  • Mounting nameplates
  • And more

Order Die Cut PVC Vinyl Foam

At Frank Lowe, we offer a full range of different thicknesses of PVC foam. We can use our state-of-the-art equipment to die cut your PVC foam in a virtually endless array of shapes. You can choose to laminate your PVC foam with or without adhesive.

Because the properties of the PVC foam are directly related to the thickness of the component, we will work closely with you to understand your application needs. Then we can guide you to the best vinyl foam product ranging from low density, medium density, to high density. In either case, we'll use our decades of experience to help you choose the best solution for your application.

Contact Frank Lowe for Polyvinyl Chloride Foam

Regardless of the type, density, thickness, or application, Frank Lowe will help you explore, pursue, and create the best PVC foam application. When you partner with us, you'll gain access to over 65 years of experience.

Because there are no one-size-fits-all solutions, we'll get to understand your application and guide you to the best, most cost-effective solution. As the best custom manufacturing firm, we keep a large inventory of PVC foam as well as other materials to meet the unique needs of your application.

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