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boats tied up to a dock at a marina
10
Mar

The Different Types of Permanent Docks

Docks provide the necessary structure for boats to stop and be securely fastened to a fixed position, or “berthed.” They’re also great for other purposes such as fishing and general relaxation outdoors. Depending on the specific needs of different areas, organizations, businesses, or individuals, a dock can take numerous forms. Here are some of the different types of permanent docks. Crib Docks Crib docks are named as such because they…

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New Select Barnwood Furniture Grade Recycled Plastic Lumber by Bedford Technology
27
Feb

Introducing: Select Barnwood™

Bedford is excited to announce the launch of our latest collection: Select Barnwood. A saw cut style finish offered in 3 of our stunning Heartwood Woodgrain colors: Beach, Birch, and Cedar.  This new collection offers the rich, rustic appearance to suit any design while the texture of the boards replicates the authentic barnwood look...without the splinters! Simple to maintain and easy to clean, Select Barnwood is the perfect option for…

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series of oak trees in a field with sun setting in the background
21
Feb

Creating Sustainable Community Parks

Parks provide a reprieve from the ever-increasing development of cities by incorporating elements of nature in the form of plants and wildlife. However, for all their good appearances, parks are still man-made and can adversely affect the environment. They can disrupt habitats and push out some species of plants that can’t survive in the new setting. Visitors and structures might contribute to more waste down the line as well. With…

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recycled plastic lumber fence
20
Feb

The Future of Fencing Won’t be PVC

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) plastic has become a popular fencing material as a result of its versatility and low cost. While the initial low price tag may seem attractive, it is deceiving. The environmental cost of manufacturing PVC is more alarming than the upfront price tag. The chlorine in PVC produces dioxins during the manufacturing process. Dioxins are infamously known to be one of the most toxic chemicals ever produced and…

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man drilling screws into a wooden fence
13
Feb

How to Choose Your Fencing Materials

When it comes to picking from the many options for fencing, materials play a large role. Depending on the material of a fence, its properties can vary greatly. This encompasses durability, function, and appearance. To help you to be able to discern what is best for a specific project or use, we explain here how to choose your fencing materials.  Location The location of the area where you will build…

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structural recycled plastic lumber
05
Feb

How is Plastic Lumber Used in Landscaping Applications?

Plastic lumber is a material with many possible applications. Made primarily from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic or low-density polyethylene (LDPE), which manufacturers then mix with wood or fiberglass, plastic lumber presents a variety of unique benefits over other building materials. For one, the HDPE and LDPE that compose it consist of recycling post-consumer waste, such as milk jugs and laundry detergent bottles. This means that we can save a lot…

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Landscaping Edging with Structural Recycled Plastic Lumber
03
Feb

Steps to Installing Plastic Landscaping Edging

Landscaping edging fulfills both functional and aesthetic purposes. It cleanly separates the boundaries between your lawn and your flowers and shrubs, providing a neat border. This means that grass won’t start encroaching into your garden, and the loose soil or mulch won’t spill onto the lawn. Learn these easy steps to installing plastic landscaping edging for your home. Outline the Area To start, determine the area that you want to…

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structural plastic lumber
24
Jan

The Bedford Product Journey

Recycled Material Bedford recycles HDPE plastic like milk jugs and laundry detergent bottles to manufacture our finished product. Our customers can trust that when they invest in our boards, they can rely on a solid foundation to create their finished products. Our boards are extremely durable, long-lasting, and will hold up in any type of harsh weather. Flake Bedford Technology grinds the recycled material into small pieces called flake, which…

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Recycled plastic lumber dolphin clusters by Bedford Technology
22
Jan

The Main Purpose of Dolphin Clusters

Not to be confused with the marine mammal of the same name, dolphins are structures that stand near the shore and rise above the surface of the water. They’re not directly connected to the shore, docks, or bridges they’re built around. Usually, they consist of radial clusters of timbers or piles made of steel or plastic composite. You have probably passed them in coastal settings, but you may not have…

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structural recycled plastic lumber Bedford Technology
20
Jan

What Are Retaining Walls Used For?

Have you ever seen the impressive terraces of Machu Picchu in a photograph? You might wonder how, and why, the people who lived there created such a feat of engineering. The answer lies in retaining walls. Retaining walls are structures built on the sides of slopes, and they’re almost completely vertical rather than rounded like a natural slope. Today, you might see them more frequently in landscaping. What are retaining…

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