the hype about businesses and individuals going "green" or
environmentally friendly, it was only a matter of time before our
Meeting joined the trend. For a long time, Friends have safeguarded the
environment, so when we had to replace the ramp that leads to our
Schoolhouse, our Trustees naturally turned to using an environmentally
friendly material made by TimberTech.
While the gray wood-grained decking of the ramp and its gleaming
white posts feel and look like painted wood, they’re actually made of
recycled automobile parts, recycled wood waste, and expanded polymer
products, all held together with plastic resins. And unlike wood decks,
this material needs no painting, staining or sealing. It resists fading,
weathering, rotting and warping, and will stay looking new year after
Because TimberTech's revolutionary patented composite decking resists
sun and water damage, our ramp will maintain its color and beauty for
years. And, because it resists weathering and warping, we won't need to
replace rotting, uneven or insect-damaged boards–a costly process by
any standards, thus saving our Meeting money over the long term.
The planks of our new ramp have been manufactured with high-quality
materials blended with UV-inhibiting pigments to insure consistent
color. Also, the highly reflective, inorganic pigments used will
minimize heat build-up in the summer. And since our ramp won’t need to
be painted, stained, or sealed, there’s no harm to the environment.
And unlike traditional wood decks, our ramp will be splinter-free–and
with all the young children in our Meeting, that’s a blessing. Plus
our ramp meets or exceeds all Americans with Disabilities Act standards
for slip-resistant walking surfaces.
Workmen removed the decking and railings from the old ramp, then
replaced any structural boards that needed it. They attached the new
decking over the existing structure with patented titanium clips. They
kept the posts from the old railing and slid the white covers you see
there now over them. They fit so tightly they feel like one solid post.
The caps snapped on top of each to create a finished look.
TimberTech, the company that manufactured the products for our ramp,
follows strict environmental procedures during the process, including
recycling water through a closed loop water system, as well as recycling
skids, waste from manufacturing, and product dust.
And recently, our Meeting went green indoors. Our Young Friends
helped replace all the lights bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs. Now the
Schoolhouse is not only brighter but will use less electricity.