Plastic Lumber

Plastic Lumber 101

HDPE plastic lumber by Bedford Technology, a Tangent Technologies company, is a strong and durable building material that can be customized for a wide variety of commercial applications. Our HDPE plastic lumber is manufactured using High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), primarily sourced from post-consumer products like milk jugs and laundry detergent bottles. HDPE plastic lumber is a practical and environmentally-friendly material for commercial and industrial use.

What is Plastic Lumber?

Plastic lumber is an incredibly strong and durable building material made out of plastic, which is a moldable substance composed of synthetic (human-made) materials made from polymers. While there are a few different types of plastic lumber, one of the most common is High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), which is the material used by Bedford Technology because of its durability and strength. As one of the leading recycled plastic lumber manufacturers in the United States and Canada, our durable and environmentally-friendly products have been used across a variety of industries.

HDPE plastic lumber is used for hundreds of applications in the construction industry including boardwalks, retaining walls, marine industry applications and many more. While HDPE can replace traditional wood for almost any construction project, some of the most common applications using recycled plastic wood products are plastic posts and fencing,bridge pier protection systems and fender systems, retaining walls, cribbing, and outdoor furniture. No matter the application, recycled plastic building materials provide many benefits when compared to traditional lumber.

How Does Plastic Lumber Compare to Wood?

Wood Building Materials

Traditional wooden timbers are a common building material that is utilized for many types of construction projects. This category can be broken down into two main types of wooden lumber: Old Growth and New Growth.

Old growth wood is produced by natural forests developed over time, includes trees over 120 years old that haven’t been disturbed by events like fires, windstorms, and logging. New growth wood is a much faster way to harvest wood for construction projects and is produced from tree farms and forests with the sole purpose of harvesting the timbers. Old growth wood is stronger and denser than new growth wood, while new growth wood is more readily available and a more cost-effective option than old growth. However, wood regardless of old or new growth, can mold, rot and is susceptible to insects and boring animals.

Plastic Lumber Building Materials

Bedford recycled plastic lumber materials excel in all the areas where wood fails in comparison. Our products will never need to be painted, stained or sealed. They are impervious to moisture and insects- so you’ll never need to worry about structural damage from those issues. Bedford offers product lines that include fiberglass strand and rerod to make a structural lumber product; which is perfect for load-bearing applications. Our products are made with high-density polyethylene – which is impermeable and doesn’t bond to other materials; making our plastic lumber resistant to corrosive chemicals and graffiti. Plus, with our color safe technology, your product will shine for years to come. It’s just another reason that our recycled plastic building materials are the best option on the market.

The Difference is clear:

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Ready to Go to the Next Level with Recycled Plastic Lumber?

Whether you’re designing, building or planning for a project, contact us today to learn about our plastic lumber and how structural recycled plastic lumber can be the right solution for your building project. We are happy to answer any of your questions regarding our products and what sets us apart from other recycled plastic lumber manufacturers.