Farms Can Reduce Operating Costs By Using Plastic Lumber

Any business can help to increase profits by reducing operating costs – farms included. Every farmer seeks to invest in tools and supplies that can help them to achieve this goal. When considering options for landscaping and building materials, plastic lumber should be on the list. 

Using Plastic Wood To Reduce Farming Costs

Ultimately, the benefits of plastic lumber are what help to reduce overall cost. Here’s why: 

Plastic Doesn’t Absorb Water

Wood is a great material to build with but over time, every wooden board will absorb water. This causes the board to swell, warp, mold, and rot, weakening the structure. Plastic boards don’t have this issue since plastic doesn’t absorb any liquids or oils. 

Lumber Made From Plastic Doesn’t Leech Chemicals 

Pressure treated wood does last longer than untreated lumber but the process of creating pressure treated lumber involves infusing each board with chemicals. When placed into the environment, those chemicals leech into the surrounding soil and water. 

Over time, those chemicals can harm crops and animals. 

Plastic doesn’t require chemical fortification and so any concerns regarding the leeching of chemicals becomes a concern of the past!

Insects Don’t Damage Plastic Boards

Termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and other wood burrowing beetles can cause serious structural damage. When a structure is built with plastic lumber, that possibility is eliminated entirely, saving thousands of dollars on pest control. 

This ultimately also improves the lives of pollinators by reducing the amount of insecticides released into the environment. 

Plastic Can Be Sanitized 

When keeping livestock, at some point, disease will become an issue. Infected animals should be separated from the others and treated. 

Stables and pens constructed from plastic lumber can be completely sanitized, using both cleaners and heat, without being damaged. This helps to create a fresh and sterile environment, reducing the risk that a disease will spread. 

Structural Lumber Made From Plastic Is Incredibly Strong

Structural lumber is reinforced with fiberglass, making it much stronger than traditional wood. It can be used in countless ways on a farm. A few examples include: 

  • Stables
  • Water Troughs
  • Fencing
  • Vineyard Posts
  • Retaining Walls
  • Livestock Pens
  • Turf Nailers

Plastic lumber can be used for any project on a farm that calls for traditional wood. 

The bottom line is that over time, plastic lumber helps to reduce operating costs on a farm because it requires little maintenance and will last for decades without needing to be replaced. Not only does this save funds meant for yearly purchases but also helps save time and wear and tear on machinery.

Choose The Right Plastic Board For Your Project

If you have questions about which type of plastic board is right for your farm project, contact our team at One of our sales team will help guide you through the selection process, ensuring that you get the right product in the right quantity.