HDPE, or high-density polyethylene, is a type of plastic that offers many benefits to manufacturers, especially when used in the food and beverage industry. The light weight of HDPE, combined with its resistance to acids and chemicals, has made it popular as a bottling material.
In addition to these common uses, there are plenty of less common but equally useful ways that HDPE sheets can be used in your daily life. Here are five examples you may not have considered before.
1. Chemical Resistant Cutting Boards
Chemical-resistant cutting boards are an excellent way to protect your kitchen surfaces. They can be used to cut raw meat, vegetables, and fruits with no risk of contaminating the food.
Also, if you own a business where disposable items are common, it is worth considering using custom flat plastic sheets for things like plates, cups, and containers for sauces and soups. The great thing about these items is that they cannot harbor bacteria like regular dishes.
2. Moisture Barrier
One of the most common uses for HDPE sheets is to create a moisture barrier. A moisture barrier is a thin sheet of plastic that can be applied to surfaces that are susceptible to dampness and water damage. It can be used on walls, floors, windows, or in crawl spaces as it prevents water from penetrating through the surface.
The sheets are also effective at providing protection against fire since they cannot be burned. The other key component of an effective moisture barrier is the sealing of seams, so air does not escape, which would allow liquid to pass through with ease.
3. Corrosion Protection
The most common use for HDPE sheets is to protect metal surfaces from corrosion by encasing them with a layer of plastic. This can be done in a number of ways, from simple wrapping to more complex, custom-cut designs that provide a fit and give the surface additional protection from vibration or impact.
The type of sheeting used depends on the size and shape of the surface as well as its intended purpose.
4. Sound Dampener
Sound dampeners are also a great use of HDPE sheets. If you’ve ever been to a concert or sporting event, then you know just how loud it can be. A sound dampener is designed to absorb noise and make the surrounding area much more enjoyable.
They work by using an air cavity filled with foam or another type of acoustical material that absorbs sound waves as they travel through it.
5. Electrical Insulation
HDPE sheets are often used for electrical insulation because they are non-conductive and can withstand high temperatures. In some instances, these sheets are even coated with a low melting point material like beeswax to create a protective layer over the plastic.
They also provide an added safety measure by limiting the danger of electric shocks in dry conditions when compared to metal wiring materials. When using a steel roof as part of your building design, it is recommended that you use HDPE instead of metal as it is better able to keep water out of your structure’s roofing system and reduce rust or mold from forming inside.