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Plastic or Metal?

Posted on 21st March 2024

When it comes to choosing the material for access panels, the two most common options are plastic and metal. So let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of each. Plastic access panels are lightweight, affordable, and easy to install. They are also resistant to moisture, which makes them ideal for use in damp environments like bathrooms, swimming pools, spa areas, and kitchens. Another advantage of plastic access panels is that they are available in a wide range of sizes, and they can be easily painted to match the surrounding decor. However, plastic access panels are not as durable as their metal counterparts. They can crack or break very easily under heavy impact.  Additionally, plastic access panels may not be suitable for use in areas with extreme temperatures, as they can become brittle and warp over time. On the other hand, metal access panels are incredibly sturdy and can withstand heavy use and abuse. They are ideal for use in high-traffic areas like commercial buildings and public spaces. Metal access panels also offer fire resistance, which makes them the obvious choice in maintaining the fire integrity of walls and ceilings. However, metal access panels are a bit more expensive than plastic ones, and they can take a little longer to install. In conclusion, the choice between plastic and metal access panels ultimately depends on your specific needs and budget. If you are looking for an affordable, easy-to-install option for a damp area, plastic access panels might be the way to go. However, if you need a more robust, fire-resistant solution for a high-traffic area, metal access panels would be the choice.  If you are not sure if plastic or metal would be suitable for your project please don’t hesitate to contact us at Access Panel Shop Limited to ensure the safety and integrity of your building's structure.

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