NyloDeck – High-Performance Decking from Recycled Carpet
The U.S. throws away a lot of carpet. According to the Product Stewardship Institute, approximately 2.7 million tons (5.4 billion pounds) of carpet enter the waste stream each year in the U.S., roughly 1.2% of all municipal solid waste. Some of this waste is burned to generate electricity, but much is landfilled. Now there's a better use for recycled carpet: decking.
Nyloboard, a six-year-old company that has been producing various rot-resistant products, including soffit and fascia boards and sheet goods, has just introduced a highly durable decking product. NyloDeckwas launched in mid-September at DeckExpo 2010, and introduced to the green building community at West Coast Green last week. 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.
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 several colors, including Desert Spice, Mountain Mocha, Saddle Rose, Coastal Mist, Harbor Gray, and Newport White. 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.
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.
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