PLASTICS, ESSENTIAL FOR CONSTRUCTION AND MORE…
When we think of materials used in the construction of a house, a school or a gym, our thoughts hardly go to plastics. In fact, we generally think about concrete, brick, wood or glass, and this is probably because we do not associate plastics with materials suitable for solid construction. Yet, in Europe, the second sector in which plastics are used the most is indeed construction.
Therefore, the question arises: where are all these plastics found? In fact, their presence is not always obvious and recognizable. However, if we think about it, there is a reason why we don’t often need to change pipes, cables, nut covers or plugs due to wear and tear and/or corrosion, whether they are visible or hidden. This is exactly because of the main feature that enhances the plastic material: durability. But not only that.
As a matter of fact, plastics have gradually replaced other materials in various construction applications. The reasons lie in some of their characteristics, which make them an advantageous choice over other products.
First of all, plastics are lightweight and versatile, thus allowing for experimentation with innovative products and solutions, both in terms of large works and small interventions.
Plastics have the advantage of reducing construction and maintenance costs. Replacing traditional materials with plastics makes it possible to prolong the useful life of works, as it has a very high average lifespan and strength, and because of this, low maintenance is required.
Qualities such as durability, recyclability, hygiene and ease of installation positively affect the final budget, making plastics an advantageous and efficient choice.
When it comes to construction, the tendency is to think only of large public or private works, but within them, a great number of plastic small parts are used, which go almost unnoticed, but are fundamental to the final result. This is the case of nuts, washers, screws, rivets, grains and other small items that, even if not visible, help to assemble, protect and preserve, and that are essential in sectors such as electrical, plumbing, interior/exterior furnishings, which are all closely related to the construction industry.
In short, not only packaging, toys and small furniture items; plastics now plays a fundamental role in our homes and daily lives, although we often do not see it or we are so used to it, that we no longer pay attention.