As the business developments are stepping up, they expect dynamic designs to satisfy the needs of lively workspaces! And we believe when an architect chooses to do the interior of commercial space, a lot of materials come to their mind.
Everything you Need to Know about WPC Boards & Plywood for your Commercial Designs!
Although, choosing the right material is the primary concern where an architect gets stuck. Of all the interior materials available in the market Plywood and WPC or Wood Plastic Composite are the most chosen and commonly used.
Which one do you choose? Both are highly preferred building materials in terms of durability, toughness, and workability and are available in various grades to purvey to any specifications, resources, and application area.
Composition & Manufacturing
Understanding the composition is the one foremost way to know the durability of a material!
Plywood is a manufactured wood/engineered wood created from thin-sliced natural wood called ‘the veneers’. These kernel veneers are glued in multiple layers one on top of the other with adjoining panels having their wood grains twisted up to one another. These veneers are bonded collectively with glue and compressed under high pressure using synthetic resins like Urea Formaldehyde or Phenol formaldehyde, pressed with high pressure, and heated
to form plywood.
Whereas, WPC boards are made from grounded sawdust thoroughly mixed and heated with thermoplastic resins mixed with additives for conferring superior qualities. Now, polymer-based plastics are commonly used. The symmetry of wood powder/wood grains is around 15%, virgin/recycled plastic constitutes 75%, and the remaining 15% will be different additives.
FYI: Ecoste uses additives such as stabilizers, fillers, UV pigments and essential chemical agents excluding harmful chemicals like VOCs or Phenol Formaldehyde to provide WPC boards a healthy – hygienic structure!
Therefore, these elements are mixed to a thick consistency and then are molded/extruded to form WPC boards.
Moisture Resistance and Termite Resistance Qualities
Marine-grade plywood exterior is highly stimulating and passes exceeding water-resistant properties where it absorbs a very little amount of water content in a log run. They are formed from hardwood veneers and jointed exerting water-resistant adhesive. Marine ply is also treated with chemicals and protective glazes to intensify water and termite-resistance properties.
WPC boards are a blend of sawdust and polymers. They are 100% water/moisture-proof and termite-proof material. This is only because of its hybrid composition, due to which they can be faithfully used in applications for wet patches, external furniture, facades, bathroom interiors, etc without any worries!
But plywood of grades different from Marine is water and moisture resistant and not waterproof like WPC boards!
Fire and Heat Resistance? Resistant!
One of the foremost properties of a material is its fire resistance abilities in the time of crisis! Because if a situation prangs upon like this then the furniture & property damages cost its users a high loss. And here if you choose a material like plywood, then you should know that it burns with flame and is more susceptible to heat.
But in the case of WPC boards, they do not cost high damages because they retard fire due to the presence of plastic material and special additives.
FYI: Ecoste WPC being an A-Class fire retardant, that retards fire upto 2 hours and stops burning when it is cut off from the fire source.
Plywood can have fire resistance properties but, WPC boards are much better in the case of plywood.
Workability Dimensional Stability
From carpenter friendliness to engineered solutions WPC & Plywood both have new things to discover as the building material industry is evolving!
So, yes plywood can be effortlessly bent without affecting its strength. But planning and molding are not possible like Wood and WPC due to its cross-layered arrangement.
WPC has the blended properties of thermoplastics and wood, hence, is more flexible than plywood and can be formed to any shape. They can also be molded, designed, and grooved, exactly like wood and WPC is 100% wood-working carpenter friendly but as it comes as a prefinished, engineered solution, it is a ready-to-use material which makes it a better choice over plywood.
Plywood cannot be used in raw form. Plywood has to be covered with laminate or veneer to resemble the color schemes or design which increases the costs, simultaneously. As the veneers and laminates will be applied also holds a maintenance factor as it may peel off on consecutive exposure to sunlight and water.
In the case of WPC boards, the colors are produced through the addition of pigments in the manufacturing methodology and do not fade easily on exposure to sunlight. WPC does not require any laminate, veneer, paints, and polish as it is a glossy, vibrant material!
But if one likes to add veneers and laminates, then they can fix them with a proper roughening of its surface and treatment with special adhesives and double side adhesive tapes. They can even be painted with PU/Duco paint and texture paint after the application of plastic primer.
Durability & Reliability
The durability of plywood depends on the grade which is being practiced and then its area of application. Plywood is durable but has to be managed properly. Some plywood applications may split, get swollen, or could start to wither in course of time. WPC is a remarkably durable material and is everlasting.
WPC always comes with a lifetime guarantee from major manufactures whereas plywood quality determines durability and life. Because of the presence of a lot of plywood manufacturers, the qualities can be compromised. Ensure that the materials to be purchased from the reputed manufacturer with proper test certificates & approvals. And if you choose Ecoste, you get all the digital credentials that help you create durable designs with quality WPC.
Ecoste WPC boards are extruded or molded to form sheets and hence are a homogeneous material whereas plywood is made by layers that are glued and may fail.
To create projects that are green and eco-friendly is becoming a most chosen trend of the 21-century and to create green projects you require sustainable material! But creating plywood results in deforestation which does not make it a sustainable choice. And also, plywood veneers are formed through cutting trees and are not environmentally friendly.
However, WPC is made from wood waste, wood powder, recycled plastics, etc, and consumes industrial wastes and transforms it into useful materials. WPC manufacturing neither produces any wastage nor any trees are cut in this process and is an environment-friendly material.
Therefore, WPC stands out as a substitute for plywood!
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