Once it’s been delivered, how do I store lumber before I start working with it?
Recycled plastic lumber should always be stored laid flat on delivery, until you start work on it.
Can the recycled plastic lumber be worked like wood?
In many scenarios, recycled plastic lumber can be worked like hardwood, however it is worth noting that it should never be cut lengthwise. This is to do with differing tensions between the “skin” of the recycled plastic and the inside. Nor should deep notches over 50% of the width of the plank be cut into it. Cutting a notch into a lumber plank weakens it as would be the case with timber. Therefore if notched planks are integral to your design, we suggest this is only as part of a finished product which remains static, ie. not something which is regularly moved or dismantled.
Will they ever get splinters or crack or rot?
They will never splinter or crack or rot if worked correctly.
How do I clean lumber?
You can give them the occasional wipe down with a damp cloth or blast them with a jet wash once a year to get rid of things like tree sap.
What kind of plastic are they made from?
A mix of polyolefins; mainly HDPE and LDPE from most of the waste plastic produced by Western Scotland’s farming community. Typically this would be hay bale wrapping, silage wrapping, crates and packaging.
How long does lumber last and do you offer a guarantee?
We’re not sure quite how long it lasts, but probably around 100 years. All that is bad about plastic lasting a very long time is also good about plastic lasting a very long time. If the lumber is treated properly we are happy to guarantee it from manufacturing defects or issues for 25 years.