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Marine & Industrial Plastic Lumber Applications

"Plastic lumber is particularly well suited in any situation where it comes in contact with water or soil."

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.

All our profiles are annealed to insure a minimum of “frozen-in” stresses and maximize the performance of our products throughout their life time. Experience has proven that annealing should not be omitted, particularly when plastic lumber profiles are designated for a harsh industrial or marine environment.

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.

Baffle boards are used to 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 Side-Boards

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

Our 3x10" Plastic Lumber profile is the most commonly used in this application. Our standard colors available are Grey, Brown, and Black.

Plastic Lumber Airplane Cribbing

This picture shows the CDDAR(Crashed, Damaged, Disabled, Aircraft, Recovery) rigging that's used by the Canadian Air Force since 2004 in their aircraft maintenance and repair program. Maxituf plastic lumber serves here to adjust the height of the air bags that are used to lift the aircraft off the ground. The high compressive strength of our product, the longevity and the simple and quick employment have been important considerations.

Heavy Duty Plastic Lumber Pallet

Our Pallets can be made 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, requiring a tough product able to withstand harsh environments. Our Plastic Lumber is especially well suited for closed-loop systems.

Artificial Turf Nailer/Header Boads

Nailer boards, also known as header boards, are often used as transitional media to connect dissimilar fastening systems. Typical examples are construction of steel buildings and installation of artificial turf. In the first case the nailer boards are mounted to the steel skeleton and the siding is fastened to the synthetic boards. In the second example nailer boards are attached to a curb, usually concrete, and the artificial turf is affixed 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

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 and is easy to clean. A pressure washer with up to 4000 psi (depending on nozzle configuration) can be used to keep the deck clean and odor less. HDPE is not affected by salt water and most common chemicals found on working boats.

The profiles most often used are 2x6" 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. 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 is still "springy" enough to reduce fatigue and joint injury.

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