The Construction industry has long fueled personal, public and business dreams, employing millions of people and utilizing a growing amount of plastics to reduce costs, expedite construction and create construction possibilities. Construction applications include lighting, glazing, flooring, railing, plumbing, wall covering and a variety of other uses.
Advantages of plastics
The advantages of plastics in the construction industry are numerous. Plastics are much lighter than wood, metal and glass that equate into better fuel economy and cheaper to manufacture parts. Additionally, the lighter weight aids in safer material handling. Plastics can be designed to be impact and dent resistant, and modified for improved strength. Since color is part of a molded piece, no secondary painting operations are necessary. Plastics can also provide greater weather resistant characteristics. Special additives to plastics may be added to combat failure due to high exposure to UV.
Materials Utilized Within Industry
Materials utilized in the construction industry include Acrylic, HDPE, KYDEX, Polycarbonate, Multi Wall Polycarbonate, Acrylic Mirror and FRP Panels
Adhesives Used with Dibond® Material
One of the display features in great demand is the ability to attach Dibond® material to a substrate without having exposed fasteners. The vast majority of this type connection is done using adhesives.
Tuffak® Optical Grade High-Impact Polycarbonate Sheet
When you need a clear, rugged sheet for the toughest applications. Excellent for uses including transit shelters, protective laminations, window glazing and more.
OPTIX continuously processed non-glare acrylic is ideal for framing applications, signage, silkscreening and POP (point of purchase) displays.
OPTIX LD light diffusing acrylic sheet is offered in SG and SG05 in a wide variety of stock sizes with custom sheet sizes also available.
Laird Plastics, Inc. offers acrylic, polystyrene and DURALENS lighting panels through various home centers, hardware stores across the United States and Canada.
DURAPLEX Impact Modified Acrylic
DURAPLEX is a continuously processed impact modified acrylic sheet that offers superior impact strength. Ideal applications include displays, skylights, signage, windows, doors and any indoor/outdoor application where durability is needed. Custom and non-stock items available.
OPTIX Frost has a frosting additive incorporated throughout the sheet, providing an elegant textured surface on both sides.
Optix Patterns (DP-32, A-81, Adobe)
Laird Plastics, Inc. offers patterned sheet for applications such as shower doors, displays, indoor/outdoor furniture, point of purchase and home furnishing products.
Optix 95 Matte Finish
OPTIX 95 is a continuously processed acrylic sheet with a matte finish on one side.
Cast Acrylic (Polymethyl methacrylate or PMMA)
Cell cast acrylic is a lightweight, flexible and impact resistant substitute for glass. It has better optical quality and better physical properties than extruded acrylic.