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The Use of Plastic Materials in the Construction Industry

Whether or not you wield a hammer or operate heavy equipment, the construction industry has a profound impact on just about everything you do. Modern society is built, from roads and bridges to houses and offices.

Arguably, no material has a more significant impact on the construction industry than plastic. Adaptable and customizable, plastics help make the infrastructure we use every day better, safer, and more efficient.

plastic in construction

At Preferred Plastics, we’re passionate about plastics and how these materials can improve the world around us. As a leading provider of turnkey extrusion and finishing services, our team has firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing construction project managers and how plastics can positively influence their next job.

Plastics and Infrastructure

Plastics are synthetic materials made from polymers. This is why many plastics begin with “poly,” such as polyethylene, polystyrene, and polypropylene. Polymers often are made of carbon, hydrogen, and sometimes oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, chlorine, fluorine, phosphorus, or silicon.

In general, plastics are lightweight and have significant degrees of strength. They can be molded, extruded, cast and blown into seemingly limitless shapes and films or foams. These materials are also drawn into fibers for textiles. Some of the primary uses of plastics for construction applications include:

  • Cladding panels
  • Cables
  • Pipes
  • Gutters
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Shutters
  • Wall linings
  • Floor coverings
  • Ceiling panels
  • Roof coverings
  • Interior finishes
  • Insulation materials
  • Membranes

A big advantage of plastics on the job site is weight. Without the heft of other building materials, plastics are easy to transport. They are also resistant to corrosion, easily bent to maximize available space, and capable of sealing tightly.

Plastics’ Growing Construction Industry Role

The construction industry is the nation’s second-largest plastics consumer. Plastics provide design flexibility at reduced costs, from the functionality of built-in shelving to the toughness of wallpaper, floors, and awnings.

Architects and engineers also rely on plastics to improve energy efficiency, durability, and performance, such as the construction of new homes and renovation of commercial buildings. Some of the leading plastic types found in the infrastructure around us include:

  • Acrylic
  • Composite
  • Polystyrene
  • Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, or ETFE
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polyethylene
  • Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE

Preferred Plastics is an expert in the manufacture of plastic products designed to perform in both non-critical and demanding environments, and we can help you choose the best material for your application or need.

Construction Industry Solutions Provider

Plastics have changed our lives unlike any other material, and their future use in construction industry applications continues to look bright. Take your project to the next level with assistance from Preferred Plastics.

As turnkey plastic extrusion and finishing specialists, we support the industry’s innovation and expansion by providing products that overcome challenges and reduce risks.

Give us a call for additional information about plastics and the construction industry.

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Louisville, KY 40258

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