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Environmentally Safe Synthetics


When wood products are made from managed forests, it's a win-win-win for consumer, environment, and forest. Plus, there are many uses where nothing can replace real wood for its sheer beauty!

On the other hand, many of our products benefit from being made of synthetic materials due to less maintenance and hence, a lower cost of ownership over time.

Each synthetic material we sell must pass our "looks like, sounds like, feels like, cuts like real wood" test because we don't want plastic-looking "fake" wood products on our own homes, and assume you don't either!

AZEK Porch Boards is a perfect example because it will last indefinitely, never needs painting, is impervious to insect and moisture damage, and looks like painted wood flooring, right down to the small crack between each pair of boards.

Not only that, but it's an environmentally "green" product!

AZEK says, "Cellular PVC is the most energy efficient major plastic. Its principle raw material is chlo¬rine derived from common salt, an abundant and inexpensive resource. Cellular PVC is also comparatively low in energy and resource use during production, as well as in conversion to finished products. All scrap generated during the initial manufacturing pro¬cess is recycled back into the finished product. Additionally, PVC can be recycled at the end of its long, useful life."

Likewise, the Polyurethane from which many of our products are made minimalizes its environmental impact because it is:

• Chemically stable and non-reactive, and does not contain ozone depleting compounds like CFCs or HCFCs.

• Free of toxic gas emissions.

• Finished with water base paints that exceed government VOC regulations. This reduces the greenhouse effect.

• Manufactured using recycled waste materials from within the process.

• Manufactured with post-consumer content, thereby reducing landfill requirements.

Use any of our products made with synthetic materials with confidence while you enjoy their long-term, low maintenance advantages and appreciate their authentic appearance for many years into the future.


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