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Plastic Ceilings and Polymer Corbels: Reproducing the American Heritage by Steve Carlson This vinyl lattice from Cross Industries doesn't split when you nail it, and can be cleaned with a garden hose. There was a time when plastics got no respect in the building trades. They were associated with fake beams and laminates with phony wood grains. Things have changed. Plastic pipes, glazings, coatings, laminates, flooring, siding, and insulating sheathings have become the preferred materials for some applications. Words like "polystyrene" and "polyisocyanurate" roll off the lips of builders in the course of normal conversation. And the march is continuing. Newer plastic products are constantly crossing the line of respectability. Take lattice, for example.