Columbus, Ohio, custom extruder Crane Plastics Inc. has introduced outdoor decking made from its Strandex profiles, which use a plastic compound and recycled wood. Called TimberTech, the product is Crane's entry into the decking market.
Crane introduced Strandex profiles in 1994. They contain 70 percent wood, actually sawdust that normally is discarded as waste. The wood is combined with a proprietary compound that includes polyethylene. Crane extrudes the profiles. Molecules of the wood and plastic cross-link during manufacturing.
TimberTech decking has a tongue-and-groove design that reduces the number of fasteners needed. No exposed fasteners are used.
It does not need a sealer, paint or stain for protection. Installers can use standard woodworking tools.
Chris Burger, sales manager, said TimberTech is lower-priced than PVC decking, but priced higher than its closest direct competitor, made by Trex Co. LLC of Winchester, Va.
Burger said TimberTech has several aesthetic advantages, including relatively narrow boards, which measure 6 inches wide, and a textured surface. Channels in the surface allow water to flow freely off the deck surface for quick drying.
Initially, Crane Plastics is selling TimberTech through lumberyards and building product distributors.
Crane previously had announced several other commercial products for Strandex, including door and window components.