Traditional WPC Decking
Wood-plastic composites (WPCs) are composite materials made of wood fiber/wood flour and thermoplastic(s) (includes PE, PP, PVC etc.).
Wood-plastic composites are still new materials relative to the long history of natural lumber as a building material. The most widespread use of WPCs in North America is in outdoor deck floors, but it is also used for railings, fences, landscaping timbers, cladding and siding, park benches, molding and trim, window and door frames, and indoor furniture.
Method of Production
WPCs do not corrode and are highly resistant to rot, decay, and Marine Borer attack. They have good work-ability and can be shaped using conventional woodworking tools. WPCs are often considered a sustainable material because they can be made using recycled plastics and the waste products of the wood industry. They can also be recycled easily in a new wood-plastic composite. One advantage over wood is the ability of the material to be molded to meet almost any desired shape. A WPC member can be bent and fixed to form strong arching curves. Another major advantage is their lack of need for paint and can be manufactured in a variety of colors. This achieves zero emission of formaldehyde and makes true environmental protection.
Physical and Mechanical Properties