Damaged walls lose their appeal. They look ugly, and furthermore their condition gets worse over time. That can lead to some major consequences, if left neglected. There are a number of factors, that contribute to damage on walls. In public places with high amounts of daily foot traffic, this is especially a matter of concern. The more people there are, the more the chances of a structures getting hit. Each hit on its own, is quite insignificant against a well-built wall. But continuous impact can seriously damage it with time.
For this reason, many public places use wall protection. These come be in various forms, and are used for an array of purposes. One of the materials used for this, is HDPE. We'll get to why you should consider HDPE, but first let's discuss what HDPE is.
What is HDPE?
HDPE is a thermoplastic polymer, made with ethylene. It's full name is High Density PolyEthylene; sometimes shortened to polythene or alkathene. It's a tough material, that's highly resistant to impact and damage. So there's a number of commercial and industrial uses for it, all over the world. Our focus today, will be on how well it does for walls.
But we should let you know, that this material is also used in construction for making food grade pipes. Plus, it's also a preferred material in the plastic industry, for small containers. Today many plastic elements are made with HDPE. This means multiple kinds of food storage containers(bottles, jugs, etc), and many other things (bins, toys, bags, etc.).
Anyway, let's get to the point. Which is...
Why Should You Use HDPE for Walls?
That's a good question. The first concern that may come to mind, is that it's plastic. Why should you use plastic, for walls? Isn't it bad for the environment? Plus, if you do go for for it, is there any good that comes out of it? Would plastic fare well in deterring damage, and making walls safer?
Let us explain.
HDPE gives you a number of big advantages, that work in your favour. Here's a list of all the reasons why you should consider HDPE:
It is 100% recyclable. This makes it an eco-friendly material, that can be reused.
Transportation is easy. The material's lightweight. So it can be moved from one location to another, without hassle.
Durability is great with HDPE too. It can withstand the elements, due to its rigid and tough nature.
It's highly resistant to chemicals. So, there's less to worry about chemical damage.
There's no leeching or BPA, in HDPE. This makes it much safer for use, and prevents health related issues.
Lastly, it's water proof. This means liquid spills wouldn't harm it, and can be wiped off with ease.
This is a summarized list of the benefits of HDPE, in general. Now, let's talk about how it can be used, to protect walls.
Wall Protection with HDPE
Following are the three products that can give you HDPE Protection for walls
1. Wall Guards
These are made with recycled plastic material, or a combination of virgin and recycled. They're easy to install; which makes it more convenient for both, the consumer and the supplier. As mentioned before, they're water and chemical resistant as well. This makes them suitable for use in a number of facilities. These are often used in hospitals and medical facilities, as they often face a lot of heavy traffic. Whether in the form of human traffic, or push carts, beds, and the like, there's a lot of potential impact to be dealth with. These provide impact resistance, for all walls and corridors.
2. Crash Rails
Okay, so crash rails are basically one of the main types of wall guards. Wall guards can be termed as a general word for the set of guards, bumpers, and railings that protect walls from damage. HDPE crash rails provide high impact protection. Like all other HDPE products, these too can be recycled and reused.
These too are used in busy areas, in the public and private sector. Hospitals for instance (again) need these to protect against the impact of carts, beds, and machinery that's pushed around. These are built to resist every impact as such, and are often preferred for heavy duty impact protection.
3. Corner and Edge Protectors
Corners and Edges are also prone to damage, in busy areas. For instance, warehouses and the like. There's a lot of heavy machinery involved there. HDPE's toughness and durability, make it a great material for corner and edge protection. It's used to make Heavy Duty Corner Guards, that can take a heavy amount of damage and endure it.
These help against the severe impact of fork trucks, and the like. HDPE corner guards, help a great deal against structural damage to walls. Plus, these too come with the convenience of easy installation.
So that was just a little bit about HDPE, and it's products. Hopefully you enjoyed the article, and would like to read more. Now, to conclude, HDPE is:
- A tough and highly chemical/weather/UV resistant material
- Recyclable, reusable, and safe for utilization even in the medical industry
- Can be used to protect walls in the form of Wall Guards, Crash Rails, Corner and Edge Protectors
If you need more information, and guidance about this, you can always talk to us. We'll be happy to help you out. We do recommend that you get an expert opinion, before finalizing a project plan. This is because not everything applies in all situations, and an experienced professional or business can always help you better navigate through your needs.
Where to get HDPE products from?
Perhaps you've already made your decision. You've read some valuable articles, taken expert opinion, or are in the construction business yourself. Now you need these supplied for some personal or professional project. So where to acquire them would be your next question.
If you're in Dubai or anywhere near/within the Emirates, you don't need to go anywhere. We deliver all kinds of HDPE building materials, right here at MBT. Reach out to us with your requirements, and we'll surely satisfy your needs.
Why you should work with MBT
MBT is a well recognized name in the world of building materials. We're one of the pioneers of building materials in the UAE. So, naturally we have a great portfolio of working with many well known and reputable clients, all over the Middle Eastern region.
MBT also deals with many more wall protection solutions. Plus, we work with wilsonart, bioclad, fundermax, polyrey, stylam, surforma sonae, gentas, nystrom, wallgaurd, arfen and other reliable brands. So you can rest assured about your project, once you approach us.
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