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NyloDeck – High-Performance Decking from Recycled Carpet

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by Alex Wilson last modified Oct 07, 2010

NyloDeck is made from 100% recycled carpet and a water-blown polyurethane binder. Photo: Nyloboard. Click on image to enlarge. The U.S. throws away a lot of carpet. According to the Product Stewardship Institute, approximately 2.7 million tons (5.4 ... Currently, NyloDeck is made primarily from nylon derived from post-industrial recycled carpet, but the company is expecting to be using 100% post-consumer recycled carpet as its feedstock by the end of this year, according to Tom Heimke, the facilities and production manager at Nyloboard, whom I spoke with at West Coast Green. In addition to the recycled nylon from carpet face fiber, NyloDeck contains a VOC-free, water-blown polyurethane binder. The decking contains no harmful heavy metals, as do most pressure-treated wood products. NyloDeck in American Gray. Photo: Nyloboard. Click on image to enlarge. The resultant decking is impervious to moisture, termites, mold, and mildew. Termite resistance achieves a 10-out-of-10 rating (AWPA E1-97); mold resistance achieves a 10-out-of-10 rating (ASTM D-3274); and fungal resistance testing showed "no decay" (ASTM D-1413). Screw retention is rated at 747 pounds-force (ASTM D-1037). The product carries a 30-year warranty. The decking has a three-dimensional wood-grain surface texture and is available in three colors: Caramel, American Gray, and Cocoa. The boards have uniform color throughout and UV protection. Unlike some recycled-plastic and wood-plastic composite decking, NyloDeck can also be painted or stained to meet specific design needs. Two thicknesses of the decking boards are available: 7/8", which can span 16" on-center; and 1-1/8", which can span up to 24" on-center. All of the decking is 5-1/2" wide and lighter-weight than wood-plastic composite materials. NyloDeck in Cocoa. Photo: Nyloboard. Click on image to enlarge. NyloDeck is installed with standard tools. Galvanized or stainless-steel exterior-grade deck screws are recommended, though hidden fastener systems can also be used. Decking should be spaced 1/4" apart with 1/16" end-to-end gaps. The retail cost of the 7/8" decking is in the range of $2.50 to $2.75 per lineal foot, according to Heimke, while the thicker decking sells for $2.75 to $3.00 per lineal foot. Lengths from 8' to 24' are available. The material is being distributed nationally; contact the company to track down a local dealer. For more information: Nyloboard Covington, Georgia 877-695-6909, 770-385-6168 See more on this product in the GreenSpec Guide Alex Wilson is the executive editor of Environmental Building News and founder of BuildingGreen, LLC. In addition to this product-of-the week blog, he writes the weekly Energy Solutions blog . To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feeds .






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