As the world of deck building moves towards the innovations of composite lumber, there are a lot of options and a lot of questions. With so many choices for low-maintenance lumber alternatives, you might be asking what makes Lumberock® different? Why should you choose our product over another leading brand? There are a number of reasons.
First, when we say "composite" we are referring to the combination of recycled high-density polyethylene plastic and a mixed mineral compound. There are no wood-fills or organic materials like sawdust or wood fibers in our product that will break down and rot, unlike other brands whose wood-fill products are known to grow mildew and decompose despite their claims of longevity. Lumberock® really will last a lifetime.
Second, we use one of the highest percentages of post-consumer recycled plastic to manufacture our boards. At least 75% of our plastic materials come from the milk jugs you recycle at home. Other lumber alternatives are made using virgin plastic material, but obviously the re-use of waste plastic is preferable to the use of new plastic. Additionally, our mineral plastic composite lumber does not leak harmful chemicals into the environment like PVC products have been known to do.
While wood is still favored for its cost and appearance, the extrusion of recycled plastic lumber reduces deforestation and diverts millions of pounds of plastic from the global solid waste stream. Not only that but, let's face it, wood deteriorates, cracks, rots, splinters and is prone to mold and mildew. It requires sanding, staining and chemical treatments and needs replacement over time, meaning more expense and more labor.