FRP decking for US parks

Creative Composites has developed a new fiber reinforced composite deck profile suitable for use in remote US park areas.

The SuperDeck Lite reportedly meets American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) standards for uniform live loads and vehicles weighing 10,000 lbs. According to the company, the material is corrosion and rot-resistant and lighter than newly treated lumber and offers faster installation in remote areas.

The pultruded profiles are available with isophthalic polyester and vinyl ester resin systems with a fire-retardant option.

“Traditionally, park trail bridges and pedestrian access structures have used treated timber decks,” says Dustin Troutman, director of product development for Creative Composites. “Agencies are telling us that they are only getting about 10 years of performance life out of treated lumber.”