PVC vs ABS EdgebandingPVC vs ABS Edgebanding

You can’t create a laminate or particleboard product without using an edgeband. Those who do quickly discover that customers hate the raw look, scratchy surface, and inferior durability of untreated edges. Manufacturers are choosing the superior protection and versatility of PVC and ABS edgebanding. Both materials have their advantages and disadvantages, let’s take a closer look at the best way of picking between them.

Why Choose PVC?

Polyvinyl chloride is the third most common plastic polymer in the world. It can be made rigid as in membership or credit cards or flexible as in edgebanding.

  • Price: PVC is among the least expensive materials in the edgeband industry.
  • Durability: Another strong point, PVC resists UV radiation and solvents better than ABS.
  • Solvent Safe: Because PVC is resistant to even the strongest solvents, it’s easier to clean following the application process.
  • Size Versatility: Most manufacturers can create PVC is a wider range of widths and thicknesses that ABS, making it easier to find the ideal size.

Why Choose ABS?

ABS is the acronym for the rather cumbersome term acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. While related to polystyrene, it is stronger and more flexible as well as being more similar to plastic.

  • User Friendliness: ABS is easier to work with than PVC. It tends to apply and trim easier, saving time and frustration.
  • Fire Resistance: Both materials are fire resistant, but ABS is less flammable. PVC releases harmful gas when burned and shouldn’t be used around extreme heat sources.
  • Recyclable: While both products may be recycled, ABS is the easier of the two to process.
  • Application Versatility: Because it burns without harmful gas, ABS can be applied with a laser. PVC should only be applied with PVC-friendly devices.

Which One Is Better?

While comparisons between products inevitably make one wonder which is better, there is no clear winner here. If you prefer laser application, you should only use ABS. On the other hand, PVC may be the only material in the size required for your project. Call or email Summa Solutions with all your edgebanding questions.