FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

What can plastic planks/timber be used for?
Recycled plastic is ideal for any application where the product comes in contact with elements. Specifically, uses include Pallets, Garden furniture, Benches, Boardwalks, Decking, Bollard, Jetties, Flooring, Bins, Balustrades, Jungle gyms, Seating, Playgrounds, Fences, Poles and is only limited by your imagination.

Does Recycled Plastic cost more than wood?
It depends on what type of wood our recycled plastic is being compared to. Recycled plastic is very competitive, or even less than, a premium wood such as Mahogany or Teak. When compared to Pine wood, recycled plastic costs an average of 2-3 times more. However that is comparing "acquisition cost" alone without factoring in "life cycle" cost. You cannot accurately compare two different types of products by using the acquisition cost alone.

What does "acquisition" cost and "life cycle" cost mean?
Acquisition cost means only comparing the initial purchase price of two products. It is not an accurate method of comparing costs when considering two different products like wood vs. recycled plastic products. Life cycle costs take into account all the costs associated with each product over the life of the project. For example, A wood deck will also require the costs of sealing, painting, sanding (and how about the value of your time?). Add to that the aggravation of splinters, using a product that destroys trees, and the inevitable replacement of wood. Compare that to an initial expense higher than wood, and then that's it …No sealing, No splinters, No replacement. So, which product really costs more?

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.

Does recycled plastic timber planks burn?
Under normal conditions and use, temperature fluctuation will not effect plastic timber. No profile distortions will occur within the temperature range of -6° Celsius to 48° Celsius. Like wood, recycled plastic timber will burn when exposed to a combustion source for a long period of time and fed by a cellulose material. Recycled plastic timber has a flash point of 330° Celsius vs. wood at 218° Celsius.

What about the warranty on recycled plastic timber?
We offer a 25 year limited warranty and do guarantee our recycled plastic product against damage caused by insects, dry rot, mildew, corrosion and fungal decay. Our warranty covers the composition or makeup of the timber itself. Due to the millions of uses of this product, we obviously cannot cover issues of vandalism, poor or improper installation or any condition or environment that would be considered abnormal to recycled plastic timber.

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.

Do we deliver?
Yes we make use of private contractors to do our deliveries, please contact us for a quote.

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