FAQ’S

Plastic Lumber for Boats?

Our teak colored plastic lumber looks and feels like the real thing without the rot and maintenance. It is ideal for boats. Let us know what you need.

Ceiling Beams?

We have 2 x10’s, 3 x 10’s, 4 x 6’s and other sizes in recycled plastic lumber that might fit the need. Are you trying to have a “rough” look (my house is 120+ years and has rough beams) or a milled look? Both can be accomplished.

Burning Point?

Although it has a higher kindling point than wood and is self-extinguishing when flame is removed, plastic lumber, like wood, will burn when exposed to a combustion source for a long period. It will soften at 180* and melt at 435*f. Flame retardants can be added for an additional charge.

How are things recycled?

Our plastic lumber is made from recycled HDPE #2, basically milk jug material. For detailed information on recycling from start to finish, you may want to contact your local recycling coordinator or the national recycling coalition.

Can product be used for Wainscoting?

Our 1 x 6 Tongue & Groove plastic wood can be routed with a groove to appear like a 1 x 3 t & g with standard routing equipment. we have done this for jobs on historic properties and the historic commissions have approved it. we can router for you for shop time or you can do it.

IS this a mix of plastic and wood?

Our plastic dimensional lumber is made with HDPE plastic and NO wood. there are several brands that are made with varying types of wood or saw dust. prior to setting up our manufacturing in 1996 ( we started as distributors in 1990), we did a lot of research on product composition. We do Have a composite wood product available! Please call 610-277-3900 and ask about it.

What about its durability and tolerance for extreme cold?

We have had our product tested by a state with similar temperature extremes. It passed all the tests.

Is plastic wood easily glued? If so can you recommend glues?

We have not had a lot of good luck with glues, although geocel has some silicones that work with HDPE. As for curves, if the material is up on end, you can curve and fasten.

Backyard Play set?

We can supply the “lumber”, as in plastic, for your play set, but not the slides and swings.

Crates and Skids?

All of our material can be used for crates and skids. The initial outlay is more than wood, so you need a closed loop or in warehouse system to make it cost effective. The pallets and crates we’ve made so date are indestructible.

Where can I get samples for the plastic decking since your web site contains no cross section of the decking?

Our product sells just like lumber sizes. For example: a 2 x 4 is really 1 1/2” x 3 1/2″ ect.. the only true size on our premium grade is the 1/2 x 8 which measures a full 8”, which is designed to cover up a 2×8 in wood which actually measures 7 1/2”.

The price list quotes a ‘contractor’s price’. Can individuals purchase your products?

Yes. Call us at (610) 277-3900 to order or fax us your project dimensions (610) 277-3970 and include a return fax number if possible.

What is the Weight of this material?

The weight of this product is comparable to Oak lumber.

What kind of Tools can I use?

Standard woodworking tools can be used. You may have to use a lower speed with your router or planer/jointer to prevent “gumming up” of the router bit or the planer/jointer knives. Carbide tipped bits and blades are recommended. Always use tools according to manufacturer’s instructions, and wear protective clothing and safety glasses for your safety.

What is the Maintenance required?

Our plastic lumber is virtually maintenance free! No staining, painting or sealing is ever required! Washing with a garden hose or mop is about all that is needed under normal circumstances. For stubborn stains, a mixture of bleach and water (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) can be used without harming the product.

What kind of Product Life can I expect?

Our plastic lumber is still going strong after over twenty years of accelerated weather testing. We haven’t seen the total life span of the product to date. We do have product installed on boat docks since 1976 with no sign of degradation.

Does Plastic Lumber come in Colors?

Our plastic lumber utilizes Ultra-Violet (UV) stabilized colorants added during the manufacturing process to ensure a long lasting, fade resistant product requiring no staining, painting or sealing of any kind. Even when cut, the exposed product is colored. Standard deck colors are White, Ivory, Oak, Dove Gray, Dark Gray, Black, Teak, Weathered Teak, Redwood and Hunter Green. We also have special colors available for a small markup.

What is the Texture of Plastic Lumber?

Our plastic lumber is manufactured with a slight wood grain-like texture, creating an easy to clean surface that is no more slippery when wet than a painted or sealed wood deck. A natural film, which can’t be seen or felt, is left on the surface of the material after manufacturing. Sunlight will normally “burn off” this film in a few weeks.

What is the Composition of Plastic Lumber?

Our plastic lumber is a solid, non-hollow foamed recycled product made from Recycled High Density Polyethylene (Re-HDPE) plastic. Common HDPE (recycling code # 2) products are gallon style milk, water and juice containers, as well as some detergent and shampoo bottles. Our plastic lumber is 100% plastic with no wood fillers to rot, peel, weather or blister.

How does it hold-up in sun light heat?

Our product is solid and contains additives for UV stabilization and polymer degradation. We ship factory direct to most locations outside the Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio, New York, Maryland areas of the Delaware Valley where we ship with our own trucks. If you need samples let us know.

Burning Point?

In Los Angeles we are prohibited from using wood decks as they are perceived to have the same potential hazard as wood roofs. What data can you provide me regarding the flame spread and developed smoke properties of your plastic wood decking products?

Arthur, although it has a higher kindling point than wood and is self-extinguishing when flame is removed, plastic lumber, like wood, will burn when exposed to a combustion source for a long period. It will soften at 180* and melt at 435*f. Flame retardants can be added for an additional charge.

Ceiling Beams?

I am looking for decorative ceiling beams in molded plastic. I live in the NYC metro area. Can you help!!!!!!!! thank you.

Hello, we have 2 x10’s, 3 x 10’s, 4 x 6’s and other sizes that might fit the need. Are you trying to have a “rough” look (my house is 120+ years and has rough beams) or a milled look? Both can be accomplished.

For Boats?

I am redoing an older classic yacht. The teak and plywood decks are completely rotted and I am looking for an alternative to plywood and fiberglass. Would you please let me know if you have anyone in the Philadelphia area distributing your products or how I might obtain information. Thanks, Bob.

Hello Robert! Our factory is in Norristown, PA. Our teak colored plastic lumber looks and feels like the real thing without the rot and maintenance. It is ideal for boats. Let us know what you need.

Floating dock?

I would be interested in pricing of your plastic wood I build floating docks using steel pipe and have used plastic wood, but I could not nail it in place. Currently using 2 by 8 fir on 3′ 3″ center’s. Would your product span this using 22 pounds per square foot for load weight support, and what would be the weight of you product per lineal foot on a 2 by 6 board. Are large quantity orders discounted? Thank you.

Hi Jeff, our 2 x 6 will make this span, however, you can also use sleepers 12″ on center and use our 1 x 6 to reduce cost and weight. Our structural grade 2 x8 and 2 x 10 can be used for joists in the dock. Our plastic lumber material can be nailed or screwed like wood, with no pre-drilling required. Thanks for your interest. If you need dock references, please call us at (610) 277-3900 and we will put you in touch with dock builders who use our product.

FSA Contracts?

Hi – Do you have Federal GSA Contracts available for the purchase of your goods? Bronx Community College of The City University of New York utilizes all Federal GSA, City and State Contracts for purchases of this kind.

Let us know what you need and we will provide a quote.

Wainscoting?

I have a basement that has a habit of trying to turn itself into an indoor pool. I am considering using your T&G product as a wainscoting. Do you make anything thinner than the 1×6? That would seem like overkill in the thickness. Something around three inches wide would be nice too, but I can live with the six inch size.

Our 1 x 6 t & g can be routed with a groove to appear like a 1 x 3 T&G with standard routing equipment. we have done this for jobs on historic properties and the historic commissions have approved it. we can router for you for shop time or you can do it.

Fencing?

I’m very interested in your product for a split rail type fence around our property. Is there a local distributor in the San Diego area. How would I get a sample of your brown color? Thanks!
We ship factory direct to your area. Call us for a sample.