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What are plastic paver blocks?

 1. What are plastic paver blocks?




These are the paver blocks that are manufactured by utilizing scrap recyclable plastics. The melted plastics are pressed into the required patterns by using molds. Here, cement or any bonding agent is not used to form the blocks. 

They are available in different interlocking shapes & sizes similar to the concrete paver blocks. 


2. How the plastic paver blocks are made?




The scrap plastics are segregated as per their type & classification. By using the shredder & the grinder machine, the plastic is crushed into smaller pieces. These plastic chunks are fused with the sand in the extrusion machine at a temp. range of 200° to 250°C. Normally, the ratio of plastic & sand will be kept at a 30:70 proportion. 




The extruded molten mass is placed in the paver molds & pressed under the compression machine. Once cooled, the blocks are taken out of the mold & stacked.





3. What are the pros & cons of plastic paver blocks?

Pros:

1. Environment friendly, as its production helps to reduce the thrown-away waste plastics.

2. Available in mixed color patterns, that give a different look to the installed area. 



3. Won't split or crack.

4. Waterproof & impermeable. 

5. Chemical & acid-proof.


Cons:

1. The life span of plastic paver blocks is lower when compared to concrete pavers.

2. It cannot resist wear & tear due to higher traffic conditions.

3. They get damaged by sharp metallic objects.

4. Plastic paver blocks cannot resist higher temp. & are prone to fire hazards.

5. If ignited cigarette butts are thrown over them, they may create burned scars over the blocks.


4. Where we can use plastic paver blocks?

Plastic paver blocks can be used in garden pathways, residential car parking, patios, to cover the loading & unloading platforms in industrial buildings, etc. 

Plastic paver blocks should be avoided on public footpaths, commercial & public buildings, & in heavy traffic areas. 

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