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NyloDeck – High-Performance Decking from Recycled Carpet

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 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.

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 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 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.


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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.

Published October 7, 2010

(2010, October 7). NyloDeck – High-Performance Decking from Recycled Carpet. Retrieved from–-high-performance-decking-recycled-carpet

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February 16, 2017 - 2:10 pm

I heard that Nylodecking went out of business.

October 13, 2010 - 4:49 am

Hello Alex- There is a lot to like about this product, but I have not seen anything on the thermal coefficient of expansion. Since the company does not tout this as a feature over other products, I'm guessing it suffers from a vinyl-like penchant for thermal elongation. Cool product nonetheless.