Looking for an alternative to wood? Want to know more about the new plastic lumber?

We know: All About Recycled Plastic Wood

What is plastic wood?

Plastic wood, or recycled plastic lumber, is a wood-like product that is made from recycled plastic that can be used as a substitute for wood or concrete or metal.

What is plastic lumber used for?

At the moment, itís mostly used for fencing, decking, landscaping and play or recreation equipment.

For example, itís used to substitute for fencing, flooring, pallets, park benches, piers and roofing shingles.

How is plastic lumber made?

There a number of ways of making plastic wood. Sometimes itís almost entirely made of polyethylene. Many times itís mixed with other materials to create a better surface (wood-filed plastic lumber), or to make it stiffer (glass-fiber mixed with plastic). It can also be mixed with rubber, steel and concrete.

Each mixture has price or construction advantages and disadvantages.

What are the advantages of plastic wood?

Recycled plastic lumber:

  • is made from recycled material and can be recycled at the end of its use.
  • Iasts longer than wood.
  • requires no maintenance.
  • resists moisture and chemicals.
  • doesnít splinter or crack.
  • is impervious to insects and bacteria.

What about the cost?

Right now, it costs more than wood to purchase, but when you take into account itís other advantages, such as no maintenance and a longer-life, it can be cheaper than wood. Plus, the price of wood is likely to rise in the future, and the price of recycled plastic lumber is likely to fall.

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