The Many Uses Of Plastic In The Construction Industry

December 30, 2016

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Plastic, as a whole, is unlike any other material in existence. Its unique properties and chemical make up means that it’s seen extensive use in hundreds of thousands of industries the world over (we at Excelsior have been lucky enough to service some of them). Last week we covered the benefits it offers the medical industry, but this week we’re taking a brief look at what plastic can do – and does – for construction.

Flexible and Versatile Plastic Products

Plastic has several main benefits for the construction industry, and some of them are more obvious than others. Its malleable nature is amongst the former – plastic offers almost limitless possibilities in terms of how it can be shaped. (We at Excelsior prefer to use the rotomoulding process, but we’ll concede there are other ways!) As long as it’s physically strong enough to handle the task, plastic is almost always up to the job.

It’s not just its flexibility that stands it in good stead, but durability too; under the right conditions, it can even be stronger than certain metals. What it lacks in raw strength it certainly makes up for in other areas; it’s naturally resistant to chemicals and electricity, and it doesn’t rust, rot or corrode, making it perfect for structures that are regularly exposed to the elements. It’s also useful from an aesthetic perspective; it doesn’t scratch or mark easily, making it an excellent alternative to glass or ceramic for ornamental or structural decoration.

Lightweight and Economical Features of Plastic

As well as its range of durable qualities, plastic is also far lighter than many other materials. This makes it simpler and more energy-efficient to transport – the reduced weight makes construction vehicles more fuel-efficient. This either results in less total fuel used, or allows greater loads to be carried at the same rate of fuel consumption. This isn’t the only way plastic allows for greater efficiency. Due in part to their low melting point and high malleability, many plastics can be recycled without losing any of their chemical properties, allowing them to be endlessly repurposed for new projects or roles.

Its reduced weight combined with its relatively high durability also makes it far safer to use for workers. As a construction material, not only does its lightweight nature drastically reduce the potential for serious injuries in the event of accidents, but also helps it to serve other useful purposes for the professionals themselves – it’s often used as a key material in utility and access equipment such as safety steps, and its weight and durability make it immensely well suited for protective hard hats and other direct safety measures. As well as making workers safer, plastic frequently makes their jobs easier – many plastic products also have ‘snap-fit’ joint fittings, making them far easier to install. Finally, plastic is also cheaper than a lot of other materials, which is a nice bonus for many professionals on top of the other benefits it offers.

What Can Plastic Do For You?

This isn’t an exhaustive list, but just a few of the key advantages that plastic offers the construction industry. We’ve already talked about what plastic can do for your business, so why not call one of our experts today on 0161 765 2010, and discuss things in more detail?

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