At NyloBoard, difference is in the fiber

NyloBoard's composite wood alternative was among the more perplexing products on display at the ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville.

The display sample, what appeared to be a wood slab growing out of a snarl of carpet fiber, demonstrated its patented production process.

Touted as the "non-composite composite," NyloDeck (NyloBoard's decking product) uses recycled carpet fiber, combined with proprietary resins, an e-glass fabric and UV protection, to provide a hardier alternative to composite wood or wood deck materials. It is not only impervious to rot or swelling -- with the best expansion and contraction rating of all composites, according to the company -- but it's also resistant to water, mold, mildew, termites and stains, according to the company.

NyloDeck also provides an eco-friendly alternative in its ability to divert materials from overburdened landfills -- as well as save a few trees.

The materials are all sourced in the U.S. and produced at the company's manufacturing facility in Covington, Ga.