Boardwalks make pedestrian and vehicular transportation more accessible by creating a level trail. These structures can span in length from a few feet to many miles. Boardwalks must be able to outlast weather conditions and meet all load-bearing requirement, so they need to be constructed using durable material.
Boardwalk structural requirements are very important to ensure that the project is a success and remains intact over time. Since these structures are often exposed to moisture, one crucial project requirement includes using a durable material that can withstand this environment. Boardwalks are also outdoor applications, so constructing the project to outlast the weather conditions is also extremely important. If the boardwalk will act as a transportation system for heavy traffic, meeting the load bearing requirements will be crucial to project success. Another consideration is the substructure components that will carry most of the weight, these pieces require more structural integrity than the top boards because they are the foundation of the final project.
Traditionally constructed using wood, metal or concrete, boardwalks and substructure components using these materials can have a shorter life-cycle because of maintenance, repairs and replacement. When exposed to consistent moisture, traditional wood can mold, rot and decay, metal can rust, corrode and leach harmful chemicals into the ground, and concrete can crack and break down. If the load is too heavy, all of these materials can break down under pressure (literally), and require more money and time to repair.
Using a durable wood alternative could alleviate many future maintenance issues. So, what is this material? Recycled HDPE plastic lumber.
Benefits of Recycled HDPE Plastic Lumber
Recycled plastic lumber is a heavy-duty building material that is non-polluting. Unlike traditional lumber, it does not need to be treated to increase the project lifecycle, therefore eliminating the chance for harmful chemicals to leach into the ground and water around the boardwalk application. Structural plastic lumber provides better structural performance compared to traditional wood for substructure components like joist and stringer beams because unlike traditional wood, plastic lumber can have added fiberglass strand and polymer rebar to increase rigidity.
Bedford Technology plastic lumber also helps conserve the environment one milk jug at a time. So far, Bedford Technology has saved millions and millions of pounds of plastic from the landfill by turning it into a dependable building material that is recycled and can also be recycled at the end of the product life-cycle. Structural HDPE plastic lumber can be your complete solution from substructure including joist and stringers to deck boards. Plastic lumber is a durable building material that provides structural performance for each component.
What Bedford Technology Products for the Job?
Bedford Technology has over 20 years of proven success with boardwalk applications. Offering numerous product lines with varying degrees of structural strength to best suit each part of your next boardwalk project, all products are easy to work with and come in over 40 color options.
SelectForce® by Bedford Technology lays the foundation of our other product lines. In top-board and plank applications, stability, durability and reliability are important. With SelectForce®, you can build it and forget it. This product comes in custom shapes and colors and has a smooth finish perfect for boardwalk top board aesthetic needs.
FiberForce® by Bedford Technology utilizes fiberglass strand to increase rigidity. This added rigidity creates characteristics suited for many structural applications where increased flexural strength is required. Due to the increased strength and its resistance to environmental elements, structural recycled HDPE plastic lumber is well suited for boardwalk top boards or handrails and substructure components.
BarForce® by Bedford Technology is an industrial-strength commercial-grade product that is reinforced with fiber polymer rebar which adds increased rigidity and dimensional stability, making it an extremely heavy-duty product line available. This product line is best-suited for substructure beams that require additional structural integrity due to load-bearing and other applications where increased structural support is needed.
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