Five applications you didn't know you could use plastic lumber for

There are so many different ways you can use plastic lumber to suit your specific project and green-building needs. Here are five different ways you haven’t even thought about!

Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardens or “living green walls” are not only a beautiful art piece to add to your commercial landscaping, but can also purify the air and reduce ambient temperatures. Plastic lumber is a perfect building material for this type of application because it is moisture resistant, structurally sound and easy to install.

Zoo Equipment

Traditional building materials for structural zoo applications, play structures and public applications include wood, metal and concrete. These types of materials can often break down over time due to changing weather conditions and exposure to rain or moisture can cause them to mold and rot. Metal, a commonly used material, can corrode and rust, which requires replacement as it can be harmful to humans and animals, and concrete can crack and deteriorate. Using plastic lumber by Bedford Technology can solve all of these issues, plus provide a safe and durable solution for animals to enjoy. Our plastic lumber is resistant to bacteria and can be easily cleaned with soap and water; truly a low-maintenance product. 

Artificial Turf Boards (Nailer Boards)

Artificial turf is commonly used in areas where real grass cannot grow, or will not thrive. These are typically found in sports stadiums and arenas, playgrounds and commercial landscaping.

Nailer boards are placed under and around the perimeter of the turf area. Nails are driven through the turf and boards to fasten the turf to the ground. Nailer boards are common in landscaping and are traditionally made of wooden boards. Traditional wood, although a common building material for this type of application, is not always the best solution because it can rot, mold and deteriorate over time. This can cause the turf to shift over time and may require replacement, which can cost time and money. Paste is another option, but oftentimes doesn’t last very long and also requires repairs or replacement. The best option is to use is plastic lumber, which offers a long-term solution by outlasting wood in these types of outdoor environments. Our plastic lumber is impervious to moisture and resistant to insects. Our artificial turf boards will never rot, splinter, corrode or degrade. Bedford boards also don’t need to be treated like wood does so they won’t leach chemicals into the environment. 

Water Park Applications

Plastic lumber is a structurally-sound material as it is dense and durable, and so works well for structural applications that carry heavy loads. Common plastic lumber applications for water parks include site amenities like chairs, benches, waste and recycling receptacles and tables, stair treads, fence posts and handrails. Recycled HDPE plastic lumber can also be used for structural components like bridges, towers, substructures and play structures in and around the pool area. Many of these structures are traditionally made of wood, metal and concrete. However, using traditional building materials can shorten the life of these projects because they are not effective for long-term use. Chlorine, found in waterparks can actually deteriorate and corrode traditional building materials, which causes the need for repair or replacement. Using HDPE recycled plastic lumber by Bedford Technology will drastically decrease the need for repair or replacement because our products are truly long-lasting. Our products are durable and structural boards that are resistant to chemicals, and can easily be cleaned with soap and water. They are also insusceptible to mold and insects; making our boards the perfect solution for your waterpark application needs! 

Marine Navigational Aids

Collisions are the highest contributor to boating accidents, and navigational aids greatly reduce this risk. It’s important for these waterway road signs to be constructed from high-quality material that can withstand extreme moisture and boat and vessel impact. Traditional building materials like wood and metal can mold, corrode and break down when submerged in water. However, structural plastic lumber does not break down like traditional building material because it is resistant to those types of issues. Plastic lumber will keep navigational aids intact for years to come!