​Food for Thought - Plastic or Metal Access Panel

Debating on the type of access panel to go with? Maybe you aren’t sure if there is much of a difference when it comes to plastic or metal access panels. Fun fact – there is. There is enough of a difference between plastic and metal panels that can not only impact the functionality but also the safety of the panel and where it is located and...

Debating on the type of access panel to go with? Maybe you aren’t sure if there is much of a difference when it comes to plastic or metal access panels.

Fun fact – there is. There is enough of a difference between plastic and metal panels that can not only impact the functionality but also the safety of the panel and where it is located and situated. No matter the type of project, whether it is commercial or residential, there are things to consider when going with either a plastic or metal access panel.

Functionality

Metal

When it comes to metal access panels, they are much more durable than plastic. They can be installed either on the interior or exterior of a build. Some metals alone offer certain benefits – from being rust and anti-corrosive to fire resistant. Unlike its counterpart plastic access panels, metal access panels offer greater versatility when it comes to functionality.

Typically, an access panel is installed to allow for access and concealment of HVAC units, wiring and more – going with a metal access panel allows for both accessibility and concealment. Take, for example, an HVAC access door – these installs allow for routine maintenance, easy access and proper concealment. Most industrial and commercial buildings will require these units to be stored and secured, with an access panel that is made with metal – this can be achieved. Going with a metal access panel means you or your contractor are looking for long term solutions.

Plastic

Looking for a cost-friendly and quick install? Plastic access panels are an alternative solution when it comes to looking for floor, wall or ceiling access but aren’t sure of the proper answer. Plastic access panels are typically installed in places that there is no extreme heat exposure, possible condensation and is a temporary solution.

Plastic panels are an excellent choice for those looking to add functionality in their homes or businesses. Some plastic access panels are actually a combination of drywall or plastic along with plastic.

Aesthetics

Clients who are looking for a clean, sleek and aesthetically appealing look will go with a metal access panel; however, that isn’t always possible; therefore, Best Access Doors offers alternative materials for access panels. Aesthetically, clients like to go with access panels which will not only conceal but will maintain functionality – which can be difficult. Some access panels allow for this to be achieved, typically with the use or install of a drywall or plaster access panel.

One thing to consider however when it comes to access panels is determining what is more critical – aesthetics or functionality. Sometimes, clients would rather have a solution that maximizes and creates ease of function and accessibility over aesthetics.

When considering whether to go with either plastic or metal – consider aesthesis, yes; however, it should not be the most imperative decision maker.

Costs

Metal access panels – depending on their purpose can be much costlier than plastic access panels given that the overall quality is much more long-lasting in metal than plastic. It is essential to consider the purpose of the access panel and whether or not when you make the purchase you are looking for a forever solution or a temporary one. Sometimes this is a question that is not always easy to answer, which is at Best Access Doors, we offer knowledgeable staff and representatives who can help you determine the best access panel. Whether it is short term or long, Best Access Doors offers an array of access panels to suit any budget for any project.

Sometimes it’s hard to determine whether or not an access panel is a way to go – or maybe it’s that there is so many to choose from that it is hard to determine whether or not all one's needs can be met. Thankfully, Best Access Doors has an inventory of access panels to suit any project – but more importantly, we break it down from purpose, material and price point so you can make the best-informed decision but also see what is available to you.

Don’t be intimated or don’t be unsure – visit us at www.bestaccessdoors.com and see all the possibilities that an access panel can offer you and your project today.

Source: www.bestaccessdoors.com