Engineering is probably the single biggest investment an extrusion house (i.e. Homeland Vinyl, Nebraska Plastics, Eastern Wholesale, to name a few) can make. Engineering is not only the biggest up-front expense, it can also be the biggest long-term expense.
Let me explain. If the company who warrantees the product has not, or does not, keep up with the latest and greatest technology, it will end up costing them big in warranty claims down the road. If the vinyl is not properly engineered, it might look good for a while before beginning to show signs of aging in as little as 6 months. For example, some products start to chalk or even turn yellow or gray; this is an engineering problem. Another issue might be showing gaps, cracks or warping due to an inability to stand up to wind load, or even just the pressures of every day use.
A great indicator of how good a product is engineered, is to look closely at the company’s warranty. It’s true that that might be hard to find, but we have done some of the research for you! Take a look at our warranty section.
When it comes to engineering, some people might boast that their product is thicker and stronger or that it has some special formula for protection from the sun. The thing is, most of these claims are skewing the truth. How can we say that? Simple, look at the warranty and put your money where your mouth is; if another company’s product is so great, how come they don’t have the warranty to back it up? Thickness is only a small part of the product. Would you say that 1’ of jello is as strong as 1’ of concrete? Of course not, not even close! Why not? They are both solidified using water, yet people wouldn’t want their driveway made up of jello. We use that simply as an example to show that thickness is not the be all and end all when it comes to vinyl quality.
The engineering and quality of ingredients make all the difference in the world. It’s the difference between throwing your money out the window and ending up with a product that will enhance the look and value of your property for years. Not to mention the peace of mind you’ll have from knowing that you received the best possible product in exchange for your hard-earned dollar. In short, a properly engineered vinyl product will give you at least 30 years of maintenance-free living.
Consumers may not be aware of the level of quality protocol necessary in the vinyl industry nor the standards by which manufacturing processes are examined. PVC resin is checked for moisture, color and content. The compound batches are analyzed in a pre-extrusion check for molecular fusion temperature and pressure. Extruded profile samples are cut and checked “on line” for color, gloss, radius and dimension and tested “off line” for impact resistance, as well as heat and freeze reactions.
Another step in the quality control field is the development of the Vinyl Manufacturer’s Association of which OK Vinyl was the first Canadian to join. Homeowners and developers can protect themselves by using materials from an accredited manufacturer. Check out their website by clicking on the logo below.