FAQs

LumberCon Advantages

 LumberCon has a greater span capacity than same-size wood lumber and will not burn, rot, warp, rust, delaminate or splinter. It does not require any chemical treatment for insects or for ground or below grade uses.

Functional Comparisons

Function

LumberCon

Wood

Steel

Engineered Wood

Rot

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Termites and Bugs

No

Yes

No

Yes

Burn

No

Yes

Not Good

Yes

Splinter

No

Yes

No

Yes

Freeze-Thaw

Excellent

Not good

Excellent

Not good

Warp

No

Yes

No

Yes

Delaminate

No

No

No

Yes

Chemicals

No

Yes

No

Yes

Life Cycle Maintanence

Excellent

Not good

Excellent

Not good

Rust

No

No

Yes

No

Working with LumberCon™

Cutting Instructions:

  • Cuts with a standard skill saw with masonry blade.
  • Best. Use a dust reducing circular saw equipped with masonry blade and vacuum extraction.
  • Good. Use a dust reducing circular saw equipped with masonry blade.
  • NIOSH-approved respirators can be used in conjunction with the above cutting practice to further reduce dust exposure.
  • Avoid breathing silica dust. 

Fastening Instructions:

  • Pre-drill pilot holes for screws with power drill equipped with masonry bit. Blow dust out of pilot hole before use.
  • Select proper location and screw count for your plank selection based on engineering data found with span tables.
  • Use power drill and proper size masonry screws and connectors (See Connectors Page) made for LumberCon products.
  • Do not nail LumberCon planks. Drill pilot holes and use proper, approved screws only.  
  • Do not drill into LumberCon reinforcing wire.
  • Do not butt splice LumberCon profiles.  Purchase the length and size you need to meet the project design.
  • Do not apply improper lifting loads to LumberCon assemblies.
  • Position all fastener screws at least 1″ in from the edge of the profile.
  • Fasteners must be corrosion resistant. LumberCon is not responsible for corrosion resistance or fasteners. 
  • Stainless steel fasteners are recommended when installing LumberCon near bodies of water, or in very humid climates.

Uses standard deck hangers, connectors and screws to assemble, we recommend:

Sure Drive USA

Coatings can be used with Concrete Lumber to create the look you need for your project, we recommend:

UGL Drylok® E-1 1-Part Epoxy Floor Paint

Sherwin-Williams Concrete Stain or Paint

What kind of saw is needed to cut LumberCon™ planks?
STANDARD SKILL SAW WITH MASONRY BLADE.

What kind of drill bit is required?
STANDARD MASONRY DRILL BIT.

Do you weaken LumberCon™ when you cut the prestress wire?
NO, YOU CAN CUT THE LUMBER TO SHORTEN IT BY CROSS-CUT (BUT DO NOT RIP) WITHOUT WEAKENING THE BOARD.

Will LumberCon™ break if it is dropped?
NOT NORMALLY. IT MIGHT CRACK IF DROPPED OFF A TRUCK OR UPPER FLOOR, BUT NOT IF IT WAS DROPPED A FEW FEET.

Can you paint and stain LumberCon™ ?
YES – ANY COLOR. TYPICAL CONCRETE PAINT OR STAIN FROM YOUR LOCAL PAINT OR BUILDING MATERIAL STORE.  PRODUCTS WE RECOMMEND CAN BE FOUND ON OUR COATINGS PAGE.

Will LumberCon™ work as a decking plank?
YES, LumberCon™ WORKS GREAT AS A PLANK (“SUPER-SPAN”). A 2x PLANK WILL SPAN 6′ UNDER RESIDENTIAL DESIGN AND 5′ UNDER COMMERCIAL DESIGN. A 4x PLANK WILL SPAN 14′ UNDER RESIDENTIAL DESIGN AND 10′ UNDER COMMERCIAL DESIGN. SEE OUR SPAN TABLES.

How do you transport LumberCon™ ?
IT IS RECOMMENDED TO LIFT AND CARRY THE LUMBER JOIST-WISE – NOT PLANK-WISE. FOR EXAMPLE, A 2″x6″ PIECE SHOULD HAVE THE 6″ SIDE HELD VERTICALLY.

How is the LumberCon™ put together?
STANDARD DECK HANGERS, CONNECTORS AND SCREWS WILL WORK.

Can I use composite lumber with LumberCon™ ?
ANY DECK PLANK CAN BE USED ON A STRUCTURAL C-PLANK FRAME.

What psi is LumberCon™ ? What makes this different than regular concrete?
THE PATENTED C-PLANK TYPICALLY HAS A MINIMUM 4,000 PSI. THIS SPECIAL CONCRETE IS A PRESTRESSED COMPOSITE PRODUCT, IS LIGHTWEIGHT, AND CAN BE SAWED, NAILED AND SCREWED.

Is LumberCon™ affected by salt water?
NO.  WE ALSO OFFER DOT (DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION)-STYLE FACTORY COATING WITH A 50 YEAR WARRANTY.

Can LumberCon™ be used for landscape timbers? Can you bury it without any concerns?
YES. THERE ARE NO ISSUES WITH SOIL CONTACT OR INSECTS.

Where do I buy LumberCon™ ?
WE SHIP FACTORY DIRECT THROUGH OUR SALES DEPARTMENT

How much does LumberCon™ cost?
SLIGHTLY MORE THAN GROUND CONTACT PRESSURE TREATED WOOD. LESS THAN EXTERIOR LVL.

How long will LumberCon™ last as a joist?
THE WARRANTY IS FOR 20 YEARS, INCREASING TO 50 YEARS WITH THE FACTORY “DOT” COATING.

Do LumberCon™ planks stain or absorb water?
THE UNCOATED LUMBER PRODUCT CAN BE STAINED ANY COLOR. WE SUGGEST UGL PRODUCTS. THE LUMBER THAT IS FACTORY COATED TO RESIST WATER HAS LIMITED COLOR CHOICES.

Can the pre-stressed wire be used as a conduit?
NO, THE WIRE IS SOLID.

Do I have to ground LumberCon™ ?
NO.

Will drilling effect the wire?
DO NOT DRILL THROUGH THE WIRE.

What care and maintenance do we need to care for LumberCon™ ?
NONE FOR ANY FRAMING LUMBER.

Does temperature change cause concern with LumberCon™ ?
NO, IT IS A STABLE PRODUCT.

What is the expansion and contraction for the material?
SMALL. THE COEF IS 0.000006 IN/IN/DEG F. FOR EXAMPLE, A TEMPERATURE CHANGE FROM 60F TO 100F (40F) – A 20′ LONG STRUCTURAL C-PLANK MEMBER EXPANDS ONLY 0.05″ OR A LITTLE MORE THAN 1/32″.

Can LumberCon™ be drilled to accommodate wiring and pvc lines in floor joists?
YES, YOU CAN DRILL A HOLE ON THE LONGITUDINAL CENTER OF THE LUMBER.

Does LumberCon™ have any insulating value?
YES, IT IS BETTER THAN STEEL. R VALUE IS 3.9 PER INCH THICKNESS.

What is the fire performance?
EXCELLENT. ASTM E-84 TEST RESULTS ARE 0 WITH AN “A” RATING. CONCRETE PRODUCTS ARE THE BEST PROTECTION FROM FIRE.

What is the moisture content?
ALMOST ZERO MOISTURE.

Will a surface or spider crack on the lumber affect its performance?
NO, THE PRESTRESSED CONCRETE WILL MAINTAIN ITS STRENGTH EVEN WHEN IT IS CRACKED.

Are there any hazardous ingredients that could leach out and cause an environmental problem?
NO. THERE ARE NO CHEMICALS IN C-PLANK THAT CAN CAUSE AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM.

How does LumberCon™ compare to LVL on strength and pricing?
C-PLANK IS SIMILAR TO LVL ON STRENGTH AND TYPICALLY LESS EXPENSIVE, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE. C-PLANK IS LESS EXPENSIVE THAN LARGER BOARDS.

How does LumberCon™ compare to standard lumber with installation time?
IT IS SIMILAR, BUT EXPERTS PREDICT THAT LumberCon™ WILL GET FASTER AS CONTRACTORS GAIN EXPERIENCE. THE SUPERIOR SPAN CHARACTERISTICS WILL MEAN THAT LESS C-PLANK WILL BE NEEDED COMPARED TO WOOD.

Any composite deck plank can be used on a structural Concrete Lumber frame.

It is recommended to carry Lumbercon concrete lumber joist-wise, not plank-wise (i.e., a 2” x 6” piece should have the 6” side held vertically)


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