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Plastic Lumber in Marine & Industrial

Marine & Industrial Plastic Lumber Applications

The ability of MAXiTUF Plastic Lumber to resist forces caused by abrasion and impact, combined with longevity make it a preferred choice for a wide range of industrial and commercial applications.

Resco Plastics anneals all profiles to insure a minimum of “frozen-in” stresses and maximize the performance of Resco’s products throughout their life time. Plastic lumber profiles are designated for harsh industrial and marine environments therefore annealing should not be omitted.

Marinas and Docks

Marina installations are a taxing environment for construction materials. The exposure to the elements requires a high degree of resistance to UV, water absorption and the constant movement caused by wind, wave action and variations in water levels. The impact of boats and floating debris is another challenge for docks and marinas alike. MAXiTUF plastic lumber has a proven track record in this industry,  providing a nearly maintenance-free, practical product from Houseboat communities and commercial harbors to private finger docks and decks.

Plastic lumber installed at Columbia Ridge Marina, OR

Baffle boards made with plastic lumber in Oregon

Plastic lumber Private Dock installation in Montana

Baffle boards direct flow and energy. The above picture demonstrates the use of HDPE plastic lumber to protect bridge columns. These baffle boards have been installed for a minimum of 6 years and have been battered by fallen trees, high water, and the elements, but are still free from damage.

Industrial Applications

MAXiTUF Sideboards

Plastic lumber “Side Boards” on Dumptruck

MAXiTUF plastic lumber is a better choice then wood or wood composites for side rails on dump truck boxes because it will not split along the grain, has no knots and absorbs impact extremely well.

Most commonly used is our 3×10″ Plastic Lumber profile. Standard colors available are Gray, Brown, and Black.

Plastic Lumber Airplane Cribbing

Plastic lumber cribbing used to lift airplanes by Canadian Military

The Canadian Air Force utilizes the CDDAR (Crashed, Damaged, Disabled, Aircraft, Recovery) rigging since 2004. MAXiTUF Plastic Lumber adjusts heights of air bags that lift aircrafts off the ground in their maintenance and repair program. The high compressive strength of our product, the longevity and the simple and quick employment have been important considerations..

Heavy Duty Plastic Lumber Pallet

Plastic lumber pallet

Resco Plastics makes pallets in many different configurations for a variety of applications. Capable of enduring well over 3,000 Lbs per square inch, plastic lumber is the ideal candidate for industrial shipping applications for the reason that they require a tough product able to withstand harsh environments. Therefore, closed-loop systems utilize Plastic Lumber especially well.

Artificial Turf Nailer/Header Boards

Plastic lumber Nailer Boards

Nailer boards, also known as header boards, connect dissimilar fastening systems acting as transitional media. Typical examples are construction of steel buildings and installation of artificial turf. Nailer boards mount to the steel skeleton of buildings and the siding fastens to the synthetic boards. In the second example nailer boards attach to a curb, usually concrete, and the artificial turf  affixes to the header boards.

What gives MAXiTUF Nailer Boards their advantage is that they come pre-drilled with up to 6 holes per 12ft nailerboard. These holes are typically 1/2″ diameter; however, other hole dimensions are available upon request.

Commercial Vessels

Plastic lumber Vessel deck

Commercial vessel decking must be non-abrasive, anti-slip, impact resistant, and simple to maintain. MAXiTUF plastic lumber meets all of these demands. The material does not offer any food source for micro organisms nor does it absorb moisture as a result is easy to clean. To keep the deck clean and odor less utilize a pressure washer with up to 4000 psi (depending on nozzle configuration.) HDPE is not affected by salt water and most common chemicals found on working boats.

The profiles most often used are 2×6″ Standard with a thickness of 1.5” spanning 16“ on center or Premium with a thickness 2” and a span of up to 22” on center therefore in both cases boards are spaced a 1/4 inch apart for proper drainage. This design results in a solid feel of the deck, but still “springy” enough to reduce fatigue and joint injury.