Renovations have surged in recent years. In fact, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity, home improvement spending jumped over 9% in just the last quarter of 2021 alone.

It’s not wholly surprising: With more time spent at home amid the pandemic, millions of homeowners are now focused on improving their living environments. They’re building home offices and gyms, adding more space, and updating their home’s aesthetics and systems.

Skyrocketing home prices have contributed to the boom, too, forcing many move-up homebuyers to stay put and renovate their existing properties instead.

Regardless of the reasoning, though, it’s led to a clamor for building supplies — particularly versatile and hardy materials like PVC, which can be used in a multitude of ways both inside and outside the home.

Here are just a few reasons PVC is high on the list for today’s renovators:

It’s versatile.

PVC trim can be used on the interior and the exterior of the home. Renovators and contractors often use it to achieve the classic board-and-batten look, on popular shiplap walls, or as siding and trim. Common applications include ceilings, roofs, entryways, decks, patios, accent walls, soffits, and specialized rooms like pool rooms and sunrooms.

Visually, it’s versatile, too. Available in an array of colors and even realistic wood tones, there’s a PVC option for every aesthetic. VERSATEX Canvas Series trim boards, for example, come in a range of hardwood look-alike tones, including amber, driftwood, and walnut — without all the trouble and upkeep of real wood materials.

It’s more durable.

Because it’s made from solid — not organic — material, PVC holds up notably well in exterior applications, even in coastal regions affected by salt and high humidity. It’s also impervious to moisture, meaning no warping, splitting, bowing, or rotting, and it’s mold-, mildew-, and insect-resistant, too, allowing it to last many years longer than traditional trim and siding. Manufacturers are often so confident in this material, they offer extended (sometimes lifetime) warranties on it.

It’s easy to maintain.

One of the biggest perks of this material is the lack of maintenance it requires. PVC does not need to be repainted or re-stained as typical wood options do, and it generally retains an as-new appearance for many years.

In the event PVC does get dirty, Simple Green (and many other types of cleaner) and water or a spray from the hose is typically enough — no power-washing or other expensive services necessary.

It costs less in the long run.

In some cases, PVC could cost more up front than other trim options, but because it requires no maintenance, it’s typically much more affordable in the long run. It also boasts an extended lifetime, ensuring you won’t need to replace or replace the trim for years to come.

Learn more about how PVC products and the Canvas Series from Versatex can help your next project stand out.