Plastic sheets are defined as a continuous form of plastic material thicker than .010″ (.25mm) and usually wound on a core, but mostly cut into sheets. Anything thinner is considered plastic film.
There is a HUGE universe of plastic film materials, from those made of a simple single plastic material, to complex structures made of different materials and coatings designed to meet the needs of specific applications. Plastic sheets can be manufactured out of different plastic resins, each of which has its own unique physical properties. If you’re not sure what you need, please talk with us! The easiest way to do that is to use the start an inquiry button.
In addition to all the different materials plastic sheets can be made out of, they can also be clear, colored, smooth, rough, functionally embossed, opaque, or semi-transparent, depending on the needs of the application. When one says “plastic sheets”, there’s not really a whole lot of specific information being communicated.
If you know you need plastic sheeting, but don’t know any of the specific details about which material would be best for your application – it’s helpful to start by thinking about what you are planning to do with the material, and how you expect it to perform. Next, you’ll want to understand the size and quantity of material that is required. Finally, it’s important to ask about the film’s expected life span, to know whether it will continue to serve with the longevity your application requires.
Often, we hear, “oh just me give any plastic sheet, I’m trying to protect a window on a display we’re installing in a piece of machinery, it doesn’t have to last long, it just has to be cheap.” Not a prob. However, if you examine the actual circumstances in which the plastic needs to perform, you’ll find that not all plastic is created equal. For example, if the sheeting has to protect that window from certain chemicals, then we’ll need to make sure that the specific plastic material you want to use is resistant to those chemicals. Not all plastic materials are resistant to the same chemicals, especially when it comes to solvents. Or if the window is outside, and needs UV protection, then the project will require a plastic material with UV-resistant properties.
Here at Grafix Plastics, we are expert at helping you select the optimal products for your specific needs. We stock a wide variety of different kinds of plastic film products in a variety of thicknesses and finishes.