When it comes to value, metal light switch covers have the clear advantage. Although every light switch plate manufacturer creates wall covers with their own styling, plates typically coordinate and are interchangeable with products from other companies. Differences between wall plates are often very slight and generally go unnoticed at a normal viewing distance.
Why Metal Switch Plates?
Same Look • Better Quality • More Sizes & Colors • Similar Price • Safe & Reliable
- Your Best Value -
Comparison Photo The photo contains sample white switch plates manufactured by Leviton, Eagle, Pass & Seymour, and Kyle Switch Plates. One of the switch plates in the photo is metal and the rest are plastic. Give us a call if you'd like to know which is which.
Plastic Wall Plates vs. Metal Switch Plates - What are the Differences? There is virtually no difference between the aesthetic look of plastic and metal wall plates so you can easily mix and match with your current plastic plates. The real difference comes in how they wear over time. Find out more below.
Are Plastic & Metal Plates the Same Size? The industry standard size for a single gang wall plate is 4.5" high by 2.75" wide. Many manufacturers also offer specialty sizes - jumbo, oversized, midi, tall, mid size, wide or maxi which may vary in size per brand.
Matching Look While there are dozens of switchplate manufacturers, metal and plastic wall plates are generally designed to coordinate for a uniform look throughout your home. Wall plates were originally manufactured in metal, with plastic switch plates produced later to match.
Safety For your safety, choose metal switch plates. They won't crack or break off exposing internal wiring. They are your most durable and reliable choice.
Uniformity Our American-made metal switch plates have been produced for over 50 years. They won't change color over time so you can be confident any later additions will match. Most cheap plastic plates discolor over time, so even buying the same brand and style will not guarantee a perfect match. In addition, older switchplates may no longer be produced because of changing styles or production methods.
Value The majority of our light switch plates, whether metal or plastic, are made in the USA for superior quality and value.
Kyle Switch Plates specializes in metal light switch wall plates. Why should you choose metal over plastic switch plates? Here are some good reasons to consider:
Kyle Switch Plates stocks a wide range of light switch wall plate metal finishes, shapes and sizes. If you're looking for an odd size lightswitch plate, or better quality & pricing, then metal wall switch plates are your best bet. They will coordinately nicely with most plastic wall plates while adding value to your home.
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