Category Archives: PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC)

The Total Tearout

(click on any of the pictures to zoom in for more details) Figure 1. Why on earth would you replace your old drafty wood windows and leave the old rotten sills and mainframes in the home?  

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What is the problem with butting brick against a window?

Question: What is one of the most common mistakes that building contractors make when installing windows and doors? Answer: Not allowing enough clearance between the brick and the installed window.

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What is an Energy Star rated window and door?

  One of the most asked frequently questions we get from all types of individuals is:  Is your window Energy Star approved? Everyone gets frustrated by the answer: yes, but, it depends on your location.   Usually the next sound from … Continue reading

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Can PVC or Vinyl be recycled?

Can PVC or Vinyl be recycled? PVC can be recycled.  We have been doing it at MGM Industries each and every day since we started extruding the material in 1999.  We started making PVC (vinyl) windows in 1985, and we … Continue reading

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Can PVC be painted? (how to paint PVC or vinyl)

Conventional wisdom has it that PVC is not paintable. That’s a reasonable statement. Had I not spent six years researching painting uPVC I’d say the same thing. So: Can PVC be painted?

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What is PVC made of?

The PVC used to make vinyl windows is actually a cake mix of ingredients.  What follows is a list of the basic ingredients used in the manufacturing of vinyl windows and doors in the United States. It is made up … Continue reading

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Is PVC safe?

…Is PVC safe? That is a question that extreme environmental groups have been using to try to scare the public away from PVC for about 15 years. Before you read any more of this article bear in mind that I … Continue reading

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Melting Vinyl Siding

In the past several years there has been a rather unique situation arise and that is melting siding as a result of the sun’s energy reflecting off of high performance Low-e glass windows.  If you read my post on how … Continue reading

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Low-E Glass Explained

What is Low-E glass? From Wikipedia: The emissivity of a material (usually written ϵ or e) is the relative ability of its surface to emit energy by radiation. It is the ratio of energy radiated by a particular material to energy radiated by a black … Continue reading

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