Pave the Way to Increased Longevity with Plastic Lumber

Boardwalks make pedestrian and vehicular transportation more accessible by creating a level trail. These structures can span in length from a few feet to many miles. Boardwalks must be able to outlast weather conditions and meet all load-bearing requirement, so they need to be constructed using durable material.

deck in Costa Rica made with recycled plastic lumber

Boardwalk structural requirements are very important to ensure that the project is a success and remains intact over time. Since these structures are often exposed to moisture, one crucial project requirement includes using a durable material that can withstand this environment. Boardwalks are also outdoor applications, so constructing the project to outlast the weather conditions is also extremely important. If the boardwalk will act as a transportation system for heavy traffic, meeting the load bearing requirements will be crucial to project success. Another consideration is the substructure components that will carry most of the weight, these pieces require more structural integrity than the top boards because they are the foundation of the final project.

Traditionally constructed using wood, metal or concrete, boardwalks and substructure components using these materials can have a shorter life-cycle because of maintenance, repairs and replacement. When exposed to consistent moisture, traditional wood can mold, rot and decay, metal can rust, corrode and leach harmful chemicals into the ground, and concrete can crack and break down. If the load is too heavy, all of these materials can break down under pressure (literally), and require more money and time to repair.

Using a durable wood alternative could alleviate many future maintenance issues. So, what is this material? Recycled HDPE plastic lumber.

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Benefits of Recycled HDPE Plastic Lumber

Recycled plastic lumber is a heavy-duty building material that is non-polluting. Unlike traditional lumber, it does not need to be treated to increase the project lifecycle, therefore eliminating the chance for harmful chemicals to leach into the ground and water around the boardwalk application. Structural plastic lumber provides better structural performance compared to traditional wood for substructure components like joist and stringer beams because unlike traditional wood, plastic lumber can have added fiberglass strand and polymer rebar to increase rigidity.

Bedford Technology plastic lumber also helps conserve the environment one milk jug at a time. So far, Bedford Technology has saved millions and millions of pounds of plastic from the landfill by turning it into a dependable building material that is recycled and can also be recycled at the end of the product life-cycle. Structural HDPE plastic lumber can be your complete solution from substructure including joist and stringers to deck boards. Plastic lumber is a durable building material that provides structural performance for each component.

Our Products are a Solution, Not a Band-Aid

Perennial Products

Our products can withstand year round weather conditions. They can endure the harshest of environments including rain, snow, extreme heat and extreme cold.

High Quality

Due to our manufacturing process, the color is engineered throughout the entire process so you will never have to worry about painting, staining or sealing our products.

not chemically treated
Not Chemically-Treated

Our products simply don’t need to be chemically-treated like wood does. Our product will never rot, splinter or degrade over time like wood can.

Impervious to Moisture

You can be confident in Bedford products because they can withstand high levels of moisture and are resistant to marine borers and crustaceans.

Our Products in Action

Guide Your Visitors Down the Right Path with Structural Recycled Plastic Lumber!

Contact us today to get started on your boardwalk project. We are here to answer any and all questions you may have!