Wood Plastic Composite or WPC Uses and Benefits
If you are looking to start a construction project in the near future, then you know how hard it can be to find a building material that meets your requirements. This material is Wood Plastic Composites or WPC, and it may just change the future of construction forever. (If you’re not familiar with WPC then read on and find out how this newcomer can make a difference in your project.)
Wood Plastic Composites or WPCs - the term usually used to designate materials or products made of one or more natural fibres or flours and a polymer or a mixture of polymers. Natural fibres and flours come from different sources (e.g. wood, rice husk, hemp, sisal, jute, kenaf, coconut, flax, almond, bamboo, grass) and all kinds of polymers (virgin or recycled) can be used but currently the most common ones are polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polypropylene (PP) and high density polyethylene (HDPE).
Wood Plastic Composites or WPC are gaining popularity as a safe, environmentally sustainable and long-lasting material for use in outdoor decks, patios, bridges, claddings, park benches, fences, railing, etc. There is also a growing market for potential indoor uses such as door frames, trim and furniture. Today, composite products can be found everywhere from National Parks to your neighbor's backyard.
Wood plastic composite is created from a substance that starts as a paste, it can be molded to almost any shape and size, including arched or bent shapes. That innate flexibility extends to color as well- WPC can be dyed or colored to suit almost any design scheme. From a functional standpoint, wood plastic composite is moisture-resistant and rot-resistant, meaning that it will last aesthetically and integrally longer than normal wood. And WPC is more heat-resistant than typical wood, creating a product that can be used in locations where normal wood may bend or warp.
Thanks to WPC’s specialized and customizable makeup, the material is uniquely equipped to handle changes in weather with less damage than the average material. If you’re looking for a material that will stand the test of time for your next project WPC might just be the one for you.
Wood Plastic Composites offer a wide range of advantages over alternatives such as impregnated wood and naturally durable cedar or redwood: weather resistance, long service life and require very low maintenance. Composite products also play a role in developing a more sustainable future: many WPC products use recycled plastic and wood as raw materials in the manufacturing process.
There is growing interest in the new design possibilities this combination of materials offers. Depending on what material the sawdust is blended with — polyethylene or polypropylene — WPC can be used for a variety of construction projects in much the same way as natural wood. Drilling, planing, sanding; it’s all done just as easily with WPC as it is with wood.
Construction professionals may even find that wood fasteners, like nails and screws, actually achieve a better hold in WPC as compared to regular wood. Additionally, WPC is less likely to split or break when screws are used near the end of the planks, which can be a common problem when using real wood.