What Are the Benefits of Using Wood-Plastic Composite?

November 6, 2018

Construction Industry

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Wood-plastic composite (WPC) is a type of material that blends thermoplastic and wood fiber to create a very durable option for construction projects. It is an extremely versatile material that can provide a wide range of uses, such as doors, windows, fences, decking and flooring. Let’s take a look at a few of the most pleasing qualities of this material:

Water-resistant

The ability to blend thermoplastic and wood fiber makes it highly water-resistant. This means it is useful for outdoor applications. It is particularly useful as a construction material for decking and fencing, as well as tables or benches that will be used outside.

Low-maintenance

The high strength and durability of this material means that it easily stands up to outside weather conditions and needs very little care. It is less attractive to bugs than 100% timber, so needs less time to maintain. Also, for an outside product like wall cladding, this material can maintain its like-new appearance for a lot longer than painted timber, so this will also reduce the maintenance work.

Long life span

Wood-plastic composite has a very long life span. It can easily cope with most weather conditions, including bright sunshine, wind and rainfall. The long life span makes it a really good choice for outdoor fencing. This material will last significantly longer than a timber based fence which will naturally start to break down after 8-10 years.

Slip resistant

The slip resistant quality of this material makes it a practical choice for many different uses. It makes a very reliable option to install floor decking around an outside pool. Also, it is just as good to use for normal patio decking.

Color choices

This material can easily be colored at the manufacturing stage to make it available in a wide range of colors. This coloring effect is permanent and will last a lot longer than applying a coat of paint to a timber fence or cladding.

Are there any negatives?

In addition to the many benefits of using the wood-plastic composite, there are also a few negatives. Since this is still a relatively new material, the cost is still a little higher than comparable materials, such as plain timber which can make a more cost-effective option for many projects. When it comes to certain projects, such as outdoor furniture, the material may not give the desired look because it lacks the natural wood texture. Also, it isn’t practical to use in an environment that constantly has to endure extreme temperatures.