10th December, 2019

Plastic Lumber vs. Sea Salt Spray Erosion and Other Marine Villains

Marine decks, boardwalks, docks, pilings and more experience a lot of abuse from the oceans they are built near and in. The building materials these structures are made from must be able to endure whatever mother nature can throw at them. Other than weather, these types of applications have to deal with sea salt spray erosion and marine borers. How does plastic lumber withstand these situations compared to traditional building materials? Let’s find out: 

Wood is a common building material for marine applications. However, wood is not water-resistant, as wood absorbs saltwater. This can lead to fuzzy salt crystals forming on the surface of wood structures and causing structural damage as the salt eats into the wood. Even treated wood will absorb moisture over time, causing the wood to rot, mold or decay. This leads to pricey repairs and replacements, that no one has time for. This is where plastic lumber by Tangent comes in to save the day.

Structural plastic lumber by Tangent is able to combat sea salt spray erosion because it’s made from HDPE, not wood, and therefore will not absorb moisture. In fact, our plastic lumber is moisture resistant, it will never rot, mold or decay.

Another marine villain is mollusks, crustaceans and other marine borers. Traditional marine building materials, like wood, allow marine intruders to attach onto and weaken the structure over time. For example, mollusks bore tiny holes into wood and as they grow, they create substantial holes and damage to what they’re latched onto. In the same vein, crustaceans attack the surface of wood structures and slowly grind it away. Our plastic lumber is impervious to marine borers, making it extremely difficult for mollusks and crustaceans to even attach themselves to it.  

Tangent’s structural plastic lumber is the superhero of marine building solutions. Due to the low life-cycle cost and low-maintenance costs of our plastic lumber, you won’t have to spend a lot of time repairing or replacing broken timbers.  It’ll outlast old-fashioned wood-based products to increase value, improve your return on investment and will protect your project from all those pesky marine scoundrels. Ask us about a quote today!