Manufacturers of structural plastics rely on the versatility of their products to cater to a broad customer base with an array of unique demands. The most successful manufacturers know the right dials to turn and components to add to create products that fully meet their customers’ needs. With great versatility comes a wide field of requirements –from customers, designers, and authorities having jurisdiction. Innovative manufacturers choose to use their resources strategically, and many find that collaborating with a third-party agency is the most efficient way to address market demands.
Typical uses of structural plastics include outdoor deck floors, handrail and guardrail systems, stairs, fences, landscaping timbers, cladding and siding, park benches, molding and trim, window and door frames, and indoor furniture.
ICC NTA laboratories are accredited to the ISO 17025 standard, which ensures that you and your customers can rely on the validity of our results. Our team also understands how important test results are for your business goals and objectives — all our team members work together with you to efficiently conduct tests and prepare the test reports you need. We conduct tests on structural plastics for various characteristics, including but not limited to:
- Temperature and moisture effects
- Accelerated weathering/ultraviolet resistance test
- Freeze-thaw resistance test
- Biodeterioration tests, including termite and fungus decay resistance
- Fire performance
- Creep recovery
- Duration of load or creep rupture
- Determination of unadjusted allowable load
- Mechanical fastener testing and uplift resistances
- Slip resistance
- Concentrated and uniform load tests
As part of the International Code Council Family of Solutions, we work directly with ICC Evaluation Service, LLC (ICC-ES) to create tailored test plans that capture specialized requirements for innovative products, such as those found in the ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria. Test plans help ensure your innovative product has a clear path through the certification process with agreement from all participants.