WPC, or Wood Plastic Composite, is a novel composite material made primarily from wood and PE (polyethylene). It's a high-performance, value-added product created through various composite methods, combining different plastics with wood after suitable treatment.
Wood Plastic Composites boast impressive mechanical properties and high dimensional stability, allowing them to be molded into complex shapes. They have become increasingly popular in non-structural outdoor residential decorations. Their use is also expanding in other construction materials, including decorative elements for doors, windows, corridors, roofs, car interiors, and equipment for outdoor gardens and parks.
The primary resins used in manufacturing Wood Plastic Composites are PE, PVC, PP, and PS. Due to the high cost of new materials, recycled plastics are often used. For the wood component, poplar wood powder is commonly utilized.
In line with the growing emphasis on energy conservation in the construction industry, Wood Plastic Composites are evolving to meet higher energy-saving standards. This evolution includes developing products with enhanced functionality and added value, such as flame retardancy, increased strength, anti-aging properties, creep resistance, and thermal insulation. Moreover, the selection of materials for these composites is diversifying, including various types of raw wood flour and plastics.
The advantages of Wood Plastic Composite materials are numerous: they are waterproof, moisture-proof, resistant to insects, available in a wide range of colors, highly plastic, environmentally friendly, fire-resistant, easy to process, simple to install, and energy-efficient.
Compared to natural wood, Wood Plastic materials are more economical and convenient. They don't require painting, unlike natural wood, which often needs surface paint or water-based coatings. These products are maintenance-free.
Wood Plastic's inherent plasticity allows for easy customization, reflecting unique personal styles. This versatility has led to its widespread use in various garden landscapes, including pavilions, waterside walkways, flower bed borders, pergolas, outdoor garden planters, waste bins, and leisure furniture.