Colors, Variegation, Textures

There are a variety of solid colors available in vinyl profiles.  The key to buying colors is to stick with a product that has been produced with the highest quality ingredients.  The most common colors are:

  • White
  • Beige
  • Tan
  • Gray
  • Adobe
  • Sandstone
  • Pebblestone
  • Wicker
  • Variegated (base color with streaks to simulate wood) 
 
Dark erColors 
 
The colors listed above are all light to medium shade in color.  Darker colors are produced, but only the highest quality products do not fade and discolor excessively.
 
Darker colored vinyl extrusions absorb more heat in the sun staying at a higher ambient temperature.  They can become soft, which may be require reinforcement with internal supports to perform successfully.  Interestingly, the temperature difference between pieces of white and black vinyl left in the direct sun nears 50 degrees!* 
 
The other concern with darker colors has been color retention. Darker colors absorb more ultraviolet energy, and seem to be more susceptible to excessive and unacceptable fading. 
 
Recently however, alternative ultraviolet stabilizers, as well as tough acrylic compounds are being used to resist fading and softening. Some of these stabilizers are used in the automotive field. 
 
When choosing darker colors, it is wise to stick with a product and a company with a successful history.
 
Variegation
 
Some manufacturers have introduced extrusions that simulate the look of wood by creating a variegated product. This is accomplished by having darker colored pellets in the compound that melt differently than the base material, creating a visually streaked, faux wood grain. 
 
Textures 
 
Another trend has been to simulate the look of wood by adding a textured finish during the extrusion process. Some even simulate the look of stucco. The texture is achieved using a rolling pattern die before the extrusion is completely cooled.* 
 
It will be interesting to see what the future holds. I am certain that as these products become more popular, manufacturers will respond to meet market demand. 
 
 

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