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TPU vs PVC?

In Product Information on February 17, 2011 at 9:40 am

Comparing TPU vs PVC material for your water orbs

When purchasing your walk on water balls you need to consider several aspects including:

  • Company reputation
  • Price
  • Turn-around time
  • After sale service
  • Adhesive techniques used
  • Material thickness
  • Type of material

There are many dodgy businesses that would offer you products that are sub-standard. Just google aqua ball, water walkerz, zorb, water zorb, aqua bubble, walk on water ball and millions of sites will pop up offering the cheapest and best balls. It is very important for you to understand the difference between the two main material types that you are likely to be offered; PVC and TPU. There are many aspects other than price that should contribute to your decision.

TPU PVC
Abrasion resistant Can crack over time
Physical strength and elasticity Strength and elasticity degrade over time
High mechanical performance
Will not harden over time Will harden and discolour over time
Higher cost than PVC Lower cost than TPU
Breathable and odourless Odour
Low temperature resistant Will crack at low temperatures but out performs TPU at high temperatures
Contains more dangerous chemicals including halogen, plasticizer, phthalates which may have serious health consequences
Can have flame retardants added Flame retardant although it gives off dangerous smoke
Used in medical products Used in medical products
More environmentally friendly and can be recycled As PVC degrades the chemical bonds will be broken and dangerous gasses will be released along with corrosive acids
Good base to print logos on

It is up to you to choose what type of water orb to buy, given your circumstances, however TPU out performs PVC in life and health/environmental aspects which may help inform your choice.

Feel free to contact us for more info at http://www.ozorb.com.au

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