Wall plate cover can be described as covers used for switches and electrical receptacles and are usually mounted on the wall. These wall plates are designed in different ways where there can be a single hole up to four holes. It is through the number of holes available on the wall plate cover that influences the number of devices that are likely to be connected to the switch, socket or the electrical receptacle. It is also possible to request for custom made wall plates where one will give the specifications on the number of holes that will be used for attaching devices to the switch or electrical spectacle. The wall plate covers are usually made using a variety of materials depending on the choice of a person including brass, aluminum, copper, bronze, plastic, wood, porcelain, steel, ceramic and any other suitable material. The choice of any material used in manufacturing the wall plates depends on the environment it will be operating, its application as well as the aesthetics of any given environment.
There are a variety of wall plates depending on how they are to be used including blank wall plate, blank TV, data jack, cover for duplex outlet, phone jack, plate for toggle switch, decorative, combination as well as screwless wall plate. The major role of using this wall plate covers is protect the switches and the electrical receptacles while also providing some decorations on the wall that is likely to cover some wall imperfections while they can contrast or blend in the wall. Wall plates covers are usually installed simply through the use of screws. In case the surfaces where these wall plates covers are to be installed are not structurally strong such as the drywalls and plasters where a mountain bracket is highly recommended to enhance the strength of these attachment points for the wall plate.
Devices that are covered by the wall plate covers are those devices that allow equipment that requires electricity to operate to be connected to the power supply in a building or any other sites. Other than the wall plate covers that are used to cover the electrical receptacles to enhance safety, there are other devices that can also be used such as the insulated sleeves, socket apertures that have blocking shutters, recessed sockets, as well as those receptacles that are only made to accept those plugs that are compatible to it and they, also need to be inserted in the recommended correct orientation.
Wall plate covers usually prevent exposure of long cables on the wall surface only exposing just a few short wires. These wall plates also enhance the decorations in a building hence making it more beautiful.