Plastic materials are used heavily in the home building process in everything from flooring to insulation, making plastics an indispensable part of the home building industry. The applications of plastics are both practical and aesthetic, with uses so wide ranging they’re hard to categorize. Some of the most important applications impact not only the utility of homes, but also their resale value.


Plumbing Fixtures

Plumbing valves, pipes, decorative handles and seals are often made of plastic, because they’re less susceptible to corrosion and disfigurement compared to metal. There is nothing appealing about a rusty or corroded brass or copper plumbing fixture, especially when plastics can cost less to source and install. As the chemical composition of plastics used in plumbing continues to evolve, so too with the role of plastic materials in home building.


Plastic countertops are becoming more sophisticated in terms of their durability, aesthetic appeal and in their ability to repulse bacteria. These types of countertops can be made to mimic granite and other costly materials, but at only a fraction of the price. They can also be more scratch resistant than other materials and are more easily replaced if homes are damaged due to natural disasters or man-made accidents.


Outdoor panels and siding made from plastics are not only durable and resistant to the elements, but they can also be shaped in ways that are aesthetically pleasing. You can pick the design and look that meets your needs and there are plenty of different looks to choose from. These panels are often more versatile than other products made from more rigid materials such as wood. They can also stand-up to heavy weather conditions because they’re more flexible.

Wall Designs

Walls inside of homes can have molded designs made from plastics, which can not only be visually stunning, but which can also be cost effective relative to other moldings on the market, including wood. Plastic materials can be molded into intricate designs more easily than other materials, allowing builders to customize the look and feel of a home inside and out. You will be able to show your home off with greater confidence when you turn to plastics to ratchet up your home’s visual appeal.


Staircase railings are dual purpose in that they are designed for practical safety purposes, but they are also supposed to be decorative in nature, adding eye appeal to foyers and landings. Plastic railings can look just as nice as wooden or metal pieces but be less expensive or susceptible to dings, scratches and dents, which is ideal for families with children. Plastic railings or railings with plastic components are popular because they are a smart choice for homeowners that want to their home features to last while looking classy at the same time.


Plastics used in home insulation enhance energy efficiency, making homes more affordable and comfortable at the same time. Given the cost-savings that effective insulation can bring, it’s no wonder that plastics are being used to seal, protect and shield home structures from the elements. Plastic is affordable, malleable, and durable, making it one of the most ideal materials on the market for homebuilders to utilize now and in the future.

Modern home amenities and conveniences are facilitated by plastics, allowing you to live your life as comfortably as possible. As plastics continue to become stronger and more cost-effective, they’ll likely take on a larger role in home building.

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One response to “6 Popular Applications of Plastic Materials in Home Building

  1. Christene,
    From an environmental perspective, you need to consider that plastic is oil based – a natural resource not readily replaceable. Also realize that the UV rays of the sun will degrade plastic over time. There are products on the market which utilize a plastic/saw dust composite (see decking), and this seems to be the direction of at least some construction products.

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