In the modern era because of the progression of technology and examination every day, new materials are coming up in the architecture industry which is no exception! One such material in the building material industry is Wood Plastic Composite (WPC).
Marine Plywood or WPC Boards: What to Choose for Making Stunning Furniture for Spaces?
The rising market increase, in machinery methods with high manufacturing standards and innovative applications, is spurring the Wood Polymer Composites (WPC) industry, which has slowed down the manufacturing of conventionally used materials.
It is gaining popularity as it limits the wanton deforestation and is also made utilizing waste supplies a highly profitable means to devise updated building materials. One tree is saved for every ten WPC boards, isn’t it amazing?
Wood-plastic composite or WPC has appeared as an economical alternative to marine plywood; both these materials are prepared in the framework of boards of dissenting thicknesses and dimensions. Marine plywood and WPC boards have comparable properties – they are moisture-resistant, termite-resistant, suitable for exterior applications, and carpentry work in moisture-laden spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Here are the strengths and lapses of both marine plywood and wood polymer composite boards.
Marine plywood is formed out of tropical wood and watertight gluing. It has no empty spaces, which gives it a pretty compact and water-resistance. The ensuing layers are concocted, that the fragment of every grain is traversed to the sheets beyond and beneath, to confer the highest durability and resistance. Therefore, marine plywood is treated with chemicals (such as preservatives) and a guarding coat that secures it fit for exterior & interior applications.
Applications of Marine Plywood:
Pergolas with carpentry interior work
Pros of Marine Plywood
1. Marine plywood is resistant to water/moisture and dominates water penetration to an extent.
2. Nails, screws, and different fasteners can get a stable hold in marine plywood because of cross-linking and the manufacturing of various wooden sheets within it.
3. Also marine plywood material is stretchy & flexible that can be bent or curved without imperiling its strength.
4. The outer surface of marine plywood is very robust, which makes it proper for applications in areas that are inclined to wear and tear!
Cons of Marine Plywood
1. Marine plywood tends to break or splinter across a period due to direct exposure to external areas.
2. It is made with layers of the natural grove, which requires the cutting down of trees. This does not make it a sustainable material.
3. Marine plywood to be coated with paint or stained, consequently, it cannot be practiced in the raw form.
Wood-Polymer Composite Boards
Wood-plastic composite is a heterogeneous material that is formed from a blend of natural wood fiber/sawdust, plastic fibers/polymers, and chemical additives. Given the quality of strength and right density of every application, it can be used for interiors and exteriors alike. This is because of their herculean composition that includes 70% virgin polymers, 15% wood powder, and 15% additives (VOC Emissions & Formaldehyde-free chemicals, recyclables, heat stabilizers, fillers & UV pigments).
Applications of WPC Boards
It is extensively applied as…
WPC Bathroom vanities
Pros of WPC Boards
- WPC is extremely strong, durable, and resistant to changing weather factors.
- WPC can be molded into any curved or bent shapes according to the application requirements.
- As WPC boards are 100% paintable, they can be painted with color pigments that can be added to their raw material, hence WPC can be tinted to any color or textures.
- WPC is resistant to UV rays and does not fade due to any kind of external exposure.
- Nails, screws, and different fasteners achieve a good hold in Quality WPC boards as they have great screw-holding capacity.
- WPC does not require coatings/paints after the installation as it is prefinished and ready to use material.
- It has zero maintenance properties and does not require any type of timely renovations.
- WPC is made from wood waste/recyclables, which presents it as a sustainable and environmentally friendly material.
Cons of WPC Boards
- WPC is a polymer-based material that doesn’t have the texture of real wood.
- WPC floors are likely to get scratches.
Cost comparison between Marine Plywood & Wood Polymer Composite Boards
- Respected companies/ Manufacturers are offering 19-mm marine plywood for fewer prices as per square foot due to its less density factor.
- Similarly, 18-mm WPC boards for a bit affordable prices as per square foot due to the high-density factor.