PVC Versus Hypalon. Why PVC Prevails!

Congratulations on deciding to purchase an inflatable boat. We are excited for the many voyages you are about to endeavor. However, before we get to ahead of ourselves, our question to you is what boat material will you use for you boat? The two main choices to pick from are PVC and Hypalon. What is the better choice? Sealed Air Repairs Inc. is here to explain the differences between PVC inflatable boat material and hypalon.


PVC Versus Hypalon

Almost all inflatable boats are constructed with either PVC or CSM/Hypalon fabric. Hypalon was discontinued by its manufacturer and is now sold under its slightly different formula and new name “CSM” or Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene Rubber.


Coastal Boats are made with either PVC or Hypalon from France. Each fabric has their advantages and disadvantages. Both fabrics should be considered when making your selection.


PVC fabric is known to be significantly less expensive than CSM. PVC is quite strong and can come in different thicknesses such as .09mm & 1.2mm, but this still does not change the fact that it does not repel sunlight as great as CSM. It can definitely be kept in great shape and last just as long if well maintained.


CSM on the other hand is more expensive overall but will last longer and is excellent against sun exposure & tolerant on fuel spills or fumes. CSM is simply longer lasting, more expensive and has a high tolerance through a variety of environments or different weather.


Sealed Air Repairs is positioned at the top level resource for the professional pvc boat repair of these products in any situation. When properly maintained, these inflatables will provide years of fun and excitement to the owners and operators that have invested in them.  Incorporating a proper maintenance program to keep these inflatables in top shape will add years of additional fun to their lifespan, and lower the overall investment costs.


The Pros and Cons of Hypalon and PVC Inflatable Boat Material

  • PVC Pros & Cons
    • Pro: Significantly less expensive
    • Pro: It is lighter and more portable PVC
    • Con: Not as UV resistant
    • Con: Not as resistant to chemicals, gas, oil, and abrasion
    • Con: Shorter life cycle. Average life cycle 8 – 10 years


  • CSM (Hypalon) Pros & Cons
    • Pro: Excellent chemical resistance and stability against UV-rays
    • Pro: Expands and flexes with heat, shock and impact
    • Pro: Longer life cycle 15-20 yrs
    • Con: More expensive than PVC (100% to 150% more expensive)
    • Con: Will loses air a bit quicker over time due to its structure

We Specialize in PVC Boat Repair

Sealed Air Repairs, Inc. is your one-stop shop for everything having to do with inflatables and an inflatable boat, including PVC inflatable boat material. We can seal, patch, and repair.  Whether it is inflatable SUP repair or the purchase of a brand new inflatable jet ski dock, we have you covered. Call us today from anywhere in the USA or across the world. We have you covered! Try our PVC boat repair today!

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