LifeTime Lumber was unique when it was launched in 2003 as a thermoset polyurethane filled with fly ash reclaimed from coal-fired power generation. Now LifeTime Lumber, made by a joint venture of Century Products LLC in Anaheim, Calif., and PolyLink Corp. (a unit of Woodbridge Group) in Mississauga, Ont., is believed to be the first composite decking with a protective scratch-resistant coating color-matched to the pigmented core. That means the profile can be cut or notched and still be one color throughout—unlike a colored cap layer or paint over a natural core. The patent-pending exterior-grade urethane coating, called Infin, was developed by Finishes Unlimited in Sugar Grove, Ill., to match LifeTime’s white, gray, and brown decking and black equestrian fence. (No coating is used on a sage green board that is the natural color of fly ash and PUR.) The 2 x 6 in. and 0.8 x 6 in. deck and fence profiles are directly compounded in counter-rotating twin-screw extruders, formed and cured with grain pattern on two (or four) sides. Vacuum coating is done in-line using a box developed by Delle Vedove USA to saturate the profiles and UV cure them. Coated boards are produced at PolyLink’s Broadhead, Wis., plant and were introduced in test markets in Maine last September by LifeTime Building Products, Biddeford, Me. (630) 466-4881 • www.ltlumber.com; www.paintablecomposites.com; www.finishesunlimited.com
Finishes Unlimited, Inc.
Wheeler Road P.O. Box 69
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Phone (630) 466-4881 Fax (630) 466-1064