The decking industry has made great advancements over the last 15-20 years, particularly with the development of non-wood decking planks and railings. Today the industry is taking its next step forward with the evolution of curved decking planks via heat bending technology. While the process is labor intensive to say the least, the results are well worth the effort.
How it works
Using Heatcon silicone heating blankets sandwiched between layers of fiberglass insulation, we slowly heat a single PVC decking plank’s core temperature to as much as 250°. One plank will require 30-60 minutes to reach its optimal bending temperature.
When a PVC decking plank reaches the perfect bending temperature it is immediately removed from its heating blankets and clamped into a pre-built form designed to match the creative shape that we’re seeking to achieve. Once the plank leaves the heat we have approximately 120 seconds of time available to bend the plank effectively.
After a heat bent PVC decking plank has cooled it will hold its shape permanently and can be installed in the same manner as any other PVC plank.