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Plastics Meet Contruction Demands

Plastics meet construction demands
Plastics are enjoying strong growth in the building and construction industry. In fact, only the packaging market tops building and construction in consumption of plastic materials today. According to EnergyStar.gov, building and construction consumes over 15 billion pounds of plastics in the form of pipes and fittings, plumbing, structural plastic, bathroom fixtures, interior/exterior building materials, and air-supported structures.

Plastics have built a solid reputation for durability, aesthetics, easy handling and high performance for plumbing fixtures, siding, flooring, insulation, panels, doors, windows, glazing, bathroom units, gratings, railings, and a growing list of both structural and interior or decorative uses.

A key advantage for plastics is superior corrosion resistance for pipes, valves, and fittings. They are also lighter, easier to install, and more cost effective than alternative materials. Plastics deliver chemical resistance for piping that transports everything from fresh water to salt water, and from crude oil and laboratory waste. Plastics' high strength-to-weight ratio has enabled them to penetrate applications in bridge construction, including tough reinforcement rods, non-skid surfacing, and replacement decking.

New Additives Meet Market Demand

In response to strong demand, Plastics Color Corporation has focused on the development of additives to enhance the use of plastics in construction. One of the important innovations came in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 ban of the use of decabromodiphenyl ether, a common ingredient in most flame retardant packages. This ruling brought about the development of FlamaSol FR, which provides exceptional extinguishing performance for plastic products without the use of hazardous chemicals. FlamaSol FR is now used for construction materials including electrical conduits and switch boxes, noise barriers, and even ceiling tiles.

The company also offers antioxidants along with UV stabilizers which block or absorb the UV light with the purpose of preventing the decomposition of the product polymer chain. Antioxidants help prevent the oxidative degradation of the polymer, thus decreasing the speed of decomposition. This helps the product avoid the appearance of rapid aging due to ill effects of the sun’s rays. Left unprotected, the UV light causes discoloration and acceleration of the oxidation process.

For more information on Plastics Color and how to implement its additives for your next building and construction application, contact a helpful sales rep today by filling out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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