HDPE and LDPE – Polyethylene Sheet

Polyethylene - LDPE and HDPE (also see: UHMW)

Wear resistant, Light-weight, FDA grade, Natural and black are standard colors

HDPE and LDPE Massive HDPE Round Rod 19

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Low Density  Polyethylene (LDPE) are both materials in the Polyolefin family of plastics, along with Polypropylene (PolyPro) and UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight).

Manufactured by a variety of manufacturers under the names: Polyboard®, Polymar®, Hostalen®, Polystone®, Hitec®, Sanatec®, Sanalite®, UltraEthylux®, Polycarve®, and Densetec®.

For great abrasion resistance, very low density, and FDA/NSF compliance, Polyethylene is an excellent choice.


Why use HDPE/LDPE for your application?

  • Light Weight
  • Stain, Odor, and Moisture Resistant
  • FDA & NSF Approval for Food Contact
  • Vacuum and Thermo-Formable Material
  • Very Durable and Abrasion Resistant
  • Self-lubricating and a low coefficient of friction
  • Very High Chemical Resistance
  • Low Specific Gravity (Floats in Water)
  • Can be Heat Welded or RF Welded
  • High Impact Strength and Energy Absorption
  • Exceptional Low Temperature – Brittle at -110° F
  • Does not chemically bond
  • HDPE/LDPE are ITAR compliant, and HDPE/LDPE are RoHS compliant

Main Differences: 

  • HDPE – Harder material, little to no flex, better tensile strength
  • LDPE – Softer, very flexible, lower tensile strength 

Still not sure HDPE/LDPE Polyethylene is the proper material for your application? Consult our free Plastic Materials Selection Guide

Applications – HDPE:

  • Cutting Board and Food Preparation Surfaces
  • FDA, USDA, NSF Compliant Machined Parts
  • Heat Formed and Vacuum Formed Parts
  • Dasher Board For Ice Rinks – Impact Parts
  • Welded Tanks, Hoppers, Silo Linings and Slide Chutes
  • Chemical and Structural Tanks and Covers
  • Food Processing Equipment, Valve, and Pump Components
  • Other applications include cement molds, body boards, transfer boards, death beds, mortician boards, cooler storage boards, spine board, tank liners, wear guides, and many, many more.HDPE is used in thousands of applications, from interiors of freezers, bed liners for trucks to personal protection gear.

HDPE is available in stock in natural (milky white) and black. Other colors are available with minimum runs.

Applications – LDPE:

  • Packaging Applications
  • Industrial bags, produce bags, garment bags
  • Blow Molded Bottle
  • Toys
  • Hot Melt Adhesives 
  • Wire Insulation
  • Prosthetic appliances, Medical equipment, Semi-flexible tubing

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Materials Available As

Extruded Sheet:

.030 – 2.0″ in 48″ X 96″ Smooth Surfaces Natural Sheet in HDPE, 1″ max. for LDPE

Black available in many sizes of HDPE


.015″ – .060″ in 48″ wide Natural


.250″ – 10″ diameter in Natural HDPE – 96″ lengths

From 12″ and up to 30″ diameter in 48″ lengths or 39″ lengths in HDPE

Black is available in many sizes of HDPE


.250″ OD – 10″ OD in various wall thicknesses. Most available in HDPE and many in LDPE

Special Formulations:

Conductive, Static Dissipative, Custom sizes, Formulations, Profiles or Colors.


General PropertyASTM
Typical Value HDPETypical Value LDPE
Specific Gravity D792.941 – .965
.91 – .925
Tensile Strength YieldD6383,800 – 5,500
1,400 – 2,000
Izod Impact – NotchedD2562.0 – 3.5
Vicat Softening TempD1525257 degrees F219 degrees F
Hardness – RockwellD785D60 -70
D42 – 50
Continuous Use Temp
-100 – 180 degrees F
174 degrees F
Deflection Temp @ 66 psiD648171124
Co. Thermal ExpansionD6967X10-54.6 -5.5X10-5

If you are looking to get HDPE that is UV

stabilized for an outdoor application in

a variety of colors.

Click the button below

Playground Board

If you are looking UV Stabilized HDPE 

for Marine applications consider:

Sunboard or King StarBoard®

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Sunboard HDPE

These Properties are for evaluation purposes only.

This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed nor implied.

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