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Why does using Baleboard® help the environment?
Baleboard® is made from recycled white agricultural bale wrap and greenhouse film – two materials that were once considered un-recyclable. Millions of pounds of these plastics are sold in Ontario each year – and the scrap was landfilled or, worse yet, burned. Our collection and recycling program is helping to eliminate this environmental problem.
Is Baleboard® a composite lumber?
No. Composite boards are made of plastic and wood. Baleboard® is made entirely of polyethylene plastic – no wood fill or other plastic polymers are added.
How is Baleboard® different from other recycled plastic lumber on the market today?
Other recycled plastic boards contain plastic from blue box recycling programs, which include polymers like polystyrene and PET plastic from pop bottles. These plastics do not mix well, and boards made from the blue box program often have large air holes, and chunks of contaminants may be visible. This plastic lumber is high-density polyethylene, which makes it brittle in cold temperatures. Baleboard® is unique in that it is one polymer – 100% polyethylene (PE) plastic. Because it is mainly linear-low density polyethylene, it has greater flexibility under extreme temperatures, and is stronger and more durable.
Do I need special tools and fasteners to work with Baleboard®?
No. Most standard wood-working tools can be used. We recommend a carbide-tipped blade for cutting. Deck screws and nails work well, and pre-drilling is not necessary. However, if you want to disassemble your project, we recommend you pre-drill. A jigsaw will not work but you can use a router – even plane the boards – for a custom look.
Can Baleboard® be painted?
Yes, but we don’t recommend it. If painting is required, use paint designed for plastic. The durability of the paint will depend on the application. (Why would you want to spend your free time painting?)
Can Baleboard® be used in all construction applications?
No. Baleboard® can not be used in load-bearing situations. As examples, it cannot be used to hold up a second story deck, or as a support beam in the wall of a building.
Does Baleboard® shrink or expand with temperature changes?
Yes, all plastic lumber products exhibit some degree of expansion and contraction due to temperature extremes. Our lab test results show that with Baleboard®, there is greater shrinkage in cold temperatures, than expansion in heat. Shrinkage and expansion occurs lengthwise, and Baleboard® does resume its original size with the original temperature. Shrinkage can be reduced by using more fasteners throughout the length of the board.
Is Baleboard® expensive?
Baleboard® pricing is comparable to that of composite products – and in fact, it is less expensive than some. Contact your local retailer for pricing.