The many uses of corrugated plastic  

Whether you’re stumbling across Corflute for the first time or you simply want to gain a greater understanding of its benefits, you’ve come to the right place. Corflute is an industry term used to describe light polypropylene (plastic) material that is typically sold in sheets.

A key attribute of Corflute is that it is corrugated, which means it has a central layer with parallel ‘flutes’ or ridges. This technique is used to add strength and rigidity to a material, which is why it’s also used in applications such as iron shed roofs. An even more common place to spot corrugation is in thick cardboard – look along an exposed edge and you’ll see a winding layer of cardboard wedged between two outer layers.

Crucially, using corrugated material can provide this added strength without a major impact on its overall weight.

Corflute may also be referred to as flute board, fluteplast, fluted plastic, signboard or a number of other terms. While Corflute is actually a branded product from Corex, it’s become a common industry term to refer to corrugated polypropylene sheets in general.

What are the benefits of Corflute?

As mentioned, the use of a flute board in between two outer layers has a huge impact on the resilience of a material. In the case of Corflute, even thin plastic sheets become a highly versatile and protective material in hard-wearing contexts.

Because of the material used and its low weight, Corflute is a highly affordable material. It can come in a range of sizes, such as 600mm x 900mm or 2400mm x 1200mm, with thicknesses typically varying from 3mm to 12mm. You can arrange for made-to-order Corflute with custom dimensions to suit the needs of any project, and it comes in a range of colours including black and white.

Another significant benefit of quality Corflute is it can be made to be 100% recyclable, allowing you to reduce the environmental impact of projects where you would otherwise use unsustainable, non-recyclable materials. It is also usually nontoxic and can be made with water resistant and flame retardant properties for specialised applications.

What is it used for?

Corflute is incredibly versatile and sees use in a wide range of industries including construction, ecommerce and real estate. It’s often used by tradespeople to protect floors from damage during work or even as a water resistant membrane within a retaining wall. Just about any business that sells packaged products can use Corflute as a protective packaging to separate items and prevent damage during shipping. It’s also an extremely popular choice of cost-effective signage that’s often used by real estate companies advertising auctions or property viewings, political organisations promoting their party during an election campaign, or tradespeople adding on-site signage for safety or logistical purposes.

But the versatility of this material means it isn’t just for commercial or industrial contexts. Corflute can come in handy in the household or for other general applications where an affordable, disposable but relatively durable layer is required to separate surfaces, aid in packaging or shield areas from damage or blemishes.