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Alternative Construction Materials Enhance Aesthetics and Reduce Environmental Impact

July, 2004

Everyone has heard the adage about building a better mousetrap, but how about a better, longer lasting and more attractive dock? A new company headquartered in Virginia Beach is using PVC to make pilings, boat lifts and other pier accessories to replace treated wood as the preferred building material.
ArmorDock Systems, Inc., a collaboration between engineers and investors, has developed a PVC pile that is UV stable and impact modified for prolonged exposure in the marine environment. The piles provide support for composite or traditional timber deck structures. PVC is a superior material for continuous water contact because its anticipated servi