What is Recycled Plastic Planks? It is colored planks/poles(timber) made from 100% Recycled plastic that is maintenance free, will not be eaten by insects, and will never splinter or rot.
How long does plastic timber last? Test results have estimated that recycled plastic will last over 400 years with only minimal degradation. Compare that to a deck or outdoor furniture made of wood!
Is plastic timber environmentally friendly? YES! Not only is recycled plastic planks / "timber" manufactured from plastics that would have been land filled, it will never leach or contaminate the soil or the ground water, since it is non-porous and contains none of the toxic chemicals found in pressure treated timber. Also the use of plastic timber saves our trees since no wood is used in our products! Finally plastic timber is 100% recyclable.
Do I need special tools to work with recycled plastic? Plastic timber is just as easy to work with as wood; in some cases our plastic planks is even easier than wood! It can be cut, drilled, routed and nailed using standard woodworking tools. Carbide blades are recommended for best performance.
How about fasteners? Virtually all deck fasteners can be used with our plastic timber planks. We use stainless steel / zinc plated screws in the manufacture of our outdoor furniture. Plastic timber planks also hold nails and screws 40-50% better than wood. Pre drilling is not necessary, but depending on the application might be preferred.
Does recycled plastic timber planks expand or contract? Our timber will expand or contract slightly depending upon variations in the temperature. To accommodate potential movement, adequate spacing should be provided between adjacent and abutting boards. Is recycled plastic timber slippery when wet? Our Plastic timber product has a wood-like texture which is not slippery wet or dry. In fact, recycled plastic decking has been tested to be less slippery when wet than wood and concrete, which actually encourage the growth of molds and mildews that can be very slick.