Would you buy a car that never needed a service or refuelling and looked good throughout its entire life?
The answer is almost certainly going to be yes!
Replacing wood with high quality recycled plastic is the estate managers equivalent to a life long maintenance free vehicle that will run unattended almost indefinitely.
A cost comparison study by WRAP (Waste Resources Action Programme) assumed that after 2 years wood generally needs maintenance, and complete replacement by year 7. The product pays for itself in 2-4 years.
Greater use of recycled plastic is sustainable, and keeps many tonnes of plastic out of landfill and incinerators.
Today’s high quality recycled plastic planks, decking, fence pales, sleepers and cladding look like wood, are more robust, impervious to water, frost and insects, do not crack, warp or splinter and the UV stable colour is permanently embedded in the plastic.
No need for painting or toxic preservative and you can work with normal woodworking tools.
According to a recent survey by gardening express we renew patios and decking about 6 times in our adult years at an average cost of £9000. (see decking video) The costs for larger institutional installations will be very much more as also the cost of maintenance.
Recycled plastic planks and profiles last at least 5 times longer than treated wood and completely eliminate maintenance and replacement costs, while simultaneously reducing the carbon footprint of any project that would normally use wood, steel or concrete.
And it’s a well-known fact that well maintained facilities are less prone to crime and vandalism.
Not the cheap hollow variety, but solid pales that can’t be kicked through and are more flame resistant than wood.
Housing Manager, Paul Stanners says:
“I thought it was rather expensive to begin with, but since we began installing these panels we have not had to replace a single one. Our maintenance and replacement costs have completely disappeared.”
Using recycled plastic reduces lifetime costs dramatically, looks good throughout its long life, and raises the bar quality and appearance.
Why would you not prefer recycled plastic over traditional materials?
If you are still unconvinced, get in touch with any queries that remain unanswered, or for quotations and spec sheets.