Frequently Asked Questions
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WHY IS ENVIROLASTECH DECKING BETTER THAN WOOD?
Wood is biodegradable and absorbent, making it vulnerable to water, weather and insect damage. Wood will split, rot, crack and warp. Wood requires a lot of maintenance and has a much shorter useful life. Envirolastech decking has NONE of these issues!!! Envirolastech Decking contains no biodegradable or absorbent materials and will not mold or rot. Bugs don’t eat it, nor will they bore through it. Envirolastech Decking is maintenance free and will last for a lifetime.
WHY IS ENVIROLASTECH DECKING BETTER THAN OTHER PLASTIC COMPOSITES?
Other plastic composite manufacturers, including Trex® and Azek®, use a wood fill in their composite. This can cause many of the same issues that plague regular wood decks, including mold, insect damage and warping. As other composites are only colored on the surface, they are more likely to show wear and can scratch or chip exposing the biodegradable core. Envirolastech Decking has 100% color saturation throughout each board, which means that if you do manage to scratch the surface it will still look the same inside as it does outside. Our color is UV protected and highly fade resistant. Plus, unlike our competitors, Envirolastech Decking contains no biodegradable or absorbent materials, so they will not mold or rot. Bugs can’t eat it, nor can they bore through it. Envirolastech Decking is maintenance free and will last for a lifetime.
WHY ARE ENVIROLASTECH DECK BOARDS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN WOOD?
The thermoplastic process used to take recycled plastics, glass and transform them into decking requires quite extensive technology. While this comes with an upfront investment, the long-term cost of ownership is considerable less expensive than wood. No staining, special sealants, no sanding or refinishing of any kind is needed. Add to that the fact that and Envirolastech Deck will greatly outlast a wood deck and well... you’ve got yourself a bargain.
IF I WANTED TO REPLACE A TOP RAIL ON A DECK PORCH DO I HAVE TO USE SPECIAL FASTENERS LIKE STAINLESS STEEL SCREWS?
No, any standard screw will work but if you are using Envirolastech materials, we recommend stainless, as they last longer and therefore have a more compatible life expectancy to our boards.
CAN I GET 1X6 BOARDS FROM THE RETAILER OR DO I HAVE TO SPECIAL ORDER?
The stock maintained by each retailer is up to them. Envirolastech can customize lengths to your needs. Whether you want a length listed on our website or some other length, just call us at 507-424-2664 and ask. We can probably meet your needs.
WHERE DO I FIND AN OUTLET FOR YOUR PRODUCT?
We are currently selling direct to consumers. Call us at 507-424-2664.
IS ENVIROLASTECH SAFE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?
Yes. Completely. And our products are themselves recyclable.
COULD YOU SEND ME SAMPLES TO CHECK OUT?
Yes, please call us at 507-424-2664. Or (Click here)
CAN ENVIROLASTECH PRODUCTS BE RECYCLED?
Yes. We are set up to recycle all materials and products that we produce. If you have any scrap (after installation) or would like to recycle any product purchased from us, please bring it to us at one of our manufacturing plants, or call us at 507- 424-2664 and we will make arrangements.
IF I WANT TO USE YOUR PRODUCT FOR LINING A KOI POND IS IT SAFE FOR THE FISH AND PLANTS?
Yes, it is safe for plants and animals.
WILL YOUR DECKING NEED A LOT OF CARE AND UPKEEP?
No maintenance is needed. If the boards get dirty, simply hose them off or wash them a little soap and water, if needed.
IS A SPECIAL KERF REQUIRED OR SPECIAL SAW ATTACHMENT REQUIRED TO WORK THE DECKING PRODUCT?
No, standard tools you find in your garage or any DIY store will work. You should find that any tool you would us with wood will work on our materials.
DO HAIL, SNOW OR HEAT DAMAGE YOUR PRODUCTS?
No. Envirolastech products are impervious to water, cold or hot outdoor temperatures.
HOW DO YOUR PRODUCTS HOLD UP NEAR THE OCEAN?
Envirolastech products are impervious to rain, saltwater, cold or hot outdoor temperatures, and humidity, and are totally suitable for use on or near bodies of water, including oceans.
HOW DO YOUR PRODUCTS DO IN FREEZING CONDITIONS?
Envirolastech products get stronger in colder temperatures, without getting brittle. We know of no other composite materials manufacturer who has achieved this extraordinary cold temperature performance.