Recycled Wood/Plastic Composite Lumber

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Recycled Wood/Plastic Composite Lumber

Post  Admin on Wed May 23, 2012 9:55 pm

Fewer trees need to be chopped down and the cost of hiring a finish painting crew is significantly reduced, as most composite lumber comes pre-finished. Composite wood manufacturers will usually claim that products produced with recycled wood/plastic lumber are more durable than conventional preservative-treated lumber, adding that these products contain no toxic chemicals such as those used in conventional treated lumber – a very important consideration.

Wood fencing and decks are the traditional, functional and esthetically beautiful choice, when building a fence or deck. But often there are durability and maintenance issues that come with using wood. Depending on the climate where you live, the toll that weathering can take on wood can be significant, and the maintenance to keep wood in good repair and looking good can also be significant. If you are looking for an inexpensive, long lasting and environmentally friendly alternative to wood, you can go with some of the new composite materials available to construct your fence or deck. Wood plastic terrace

There are now two different kinds of beautiful, affordable composite decking available for you to choose from, when building your new fence or deck project. You can choose a recycled wood/plastic composite lumber, or a fiberglass reinforced plastic. Both of them are great, beautiful alternatives to wood for various reasons.

Recycled Wood/Plastic Composite Lumber

Let's take a look at recycled wood/plastic composite lumber first. Recycled wood/plastic composite lumber is made of a 50/50 mix of recycled wood fiber from sawdust, and recycled plastic from garbage bags, PVC and other durable plastics. It is the primary use of most of the plastic garbage bags recycled today.

The material is mixed and formed into solid and hollow lumber-styled shapes that are used in building products such as fencing, decking, door and window frames and moldings. Because of the wood fiber and plastics, these composites are usually heavier than wood products, and more rigid because the wood fiber reinforces the plastic.

Wood-Plastic Composite is a material made from recycled plastic and wood scraps and resembles wood. The plastic protects the wood fibers from decay and decomposition while the wood fibers add strenght. It can be used in place of wood in many instances, resisting the wear that wood experiences over time. WPC can be heavier than wood and can flex in extreme heat. In addition, Wood plastic composites have a greater resistance against splintering making them perfect for high traffic areas. Composite decking floor

Plastic lumber has minimal environmental impact since it keeps material out of the waste stream and incinerators and can be recycled again at the end of it's useful lifetime. An estimated 12% of the U.S. solid waste stream is plastic, and of that 19% is high-density polyethylene (HDPE). More than 750 recycled milk jugs and detergent bottles are used to make a single four foot long plastic bench - thus providing an end use for materials already in the waste stream.

Wood & plastic composite decking, made primarily from equal parts reclaimed hardwood sawdust and reclaimed/recycled polyethylene plastic such as grocery sacks and stretch film. No sealants or weatherproofing needed. Does not splinter or crack. Not damaged by rot or termites. Little shrinkage or swelling from moisture. Slip resistant (wet or dry). Cuts, fastens, sands & paints easily. LEED eligible.

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