About three-quarters of all vinyl produced goes into long-lasting building and construction applications. Because it is strong and resistant to moisture and abrasion, vinyl is well-suited for cladding, windows, roofing, fencing, decking, wallcoverings and flooring.
PVC helps packaging protect its contents. Clear vinyl is used for tamper-resistant over-the-counter medications and shrink wrap for consumer products. Rigid vinyl film is used in blister and clamshell packaging to help protect medicines, personal care products and household goods.
Vinyl plays a critical safety role in dispensing life-saving medicine through IV bags and medical tubing. PVC blood-collection bags have enhanced ambulatory medicine and serve as the foundation for modern blood banks.
Many vinyl products are certified to meet special requirements set by regulatory authorities or other standards. PVC pipes for delivering drinking water are certified by NSF International to conform to EPA safety regulations. Medical and food-contact products are required to meet FDA regulations.