Unwind Your Spaces with WPC Boards: A Better Alternative over Wood
Ecoste WPC boards are a heterogeneous product produced by combining wood powder and virgin polymers. WPC boards are functioned in a wide variety of architectural applications due to their superior characteristics and persistence when correlated with any different materials used for the corresponding purpose.
WPC Boards are one of the most competent alternatives for natural wood and plywood as they come with immeasurable properties such as water-resistant, zero maintenance, design flexibility, ease of workability, color choice, etc. They are extensively used for facades, swimming pool decks, doors, windows, interiors, furniture, etc. Let us go through its unique properties and applications.
Here are a few of the materials used for interior works!
For creating a comfort-giving space, interior aesthetics are the main concern. Interior materials for modular kitchens, closets, furniture, etc have to be formed with durable substances that have to look simplistic and long-lasting. Here are a few generally accepted materials:
PVC or Multiwood
WPC or Wood-polymer Composite
All these materials can be used as an alternative to wood. But why WPC boards are the best reliable preference. Let us go through the facts.
WPC Boards – Constituents
WPC is made from wood powder blended and heated with thermoplastic resins mixed with additives for imparting superior qualities.
Nowadays polymer-based plastics are normally used. The proportion of compositions are 70% virgin polymers, 15% wood powder, and 15% additives. Additives here include heat stabilizers, UV pigments, fillers, and recyclables of WPC. These ingredients are mixed to a thick consistency and are molded or extruded to form WPC boards. WPC board is an emerging material that stands above the qualities of wood, respectively.
WPC Boards – Manufacturing process
The components are blended together to produce a comparatively thick texture and are extruded or molded. Additives, such as color-pigments, and binding agents, are combined for product intensity and other superior properties. WPC gives high cellulose content and therefore can be formed/molded to any shape and size. They can be arranged as wood that can withstand dampness and rot-resistant.
WPC Boards & their Available Densities
WPC boards are available in various thicknesses and densities but the most preferred and everlasting requirements are the following thickness & density:
6 mm thickness with the density of 550 kg/m³
12 mm thickness with the density of 550 kg/m³
12 mm(EBRID) thickness with the density of 650 kg/m³
18 mm thickness with the density of 550 kg/m³
18 mm (EBRID) thickness with the density of 650 kg/m³
They are also available in low density, medium density, and high density too as per application requirements. With these variations in densities, you can pick them based on your type of application! As the screw holding capacity of a quality WPC is profound, so you will find no hassles of bad screwing exercises, just plug & play installation to fix!
Here is a short presentation Screw holding capacity of WPC!
Benefits of WPC Boards
A material that is more than just durable is what every architect is demanding! So yes, Why not WPC! WPC boards have better characteristics that stand out from other conventional materials and wood substitutes.
1. Green and Environmentally Friendly Source:
For creating sustainable structures, the choice of material is equally important as its sustainability! Biodegradable materials and 100 % recyclable materials like grove waste, manufacturing waste, agricultural scrap, plastic waste, etc are utilized in the rendering of WPC boards. No trees are cut in the manufacturing process of WPC boards which provides useful insights that the material is not contributing anything to deforestation as plywood or any other wood.
The extrusion process engrossed almost 100 % raw material externally forming wastage. Therefore, this method does not void any perilous chemicals like formaldehyde or any VOCs. WPC boards can be an indispensable part of green buildings and contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of the structure wherever applied!
FYI: If you are planning to use WPC boards in any of your upcoming projects, then choose GRIHA & IGBC approved WPC boards!
2. Water and Heat Resistant Properties:
WPC boards are moisture and heat-resistant than any other conventional building materials. This is due to its hybrid composition which makes them herculean!
Here is a short representation of Testing WPC in Water for 7 Days to know its water absorption abilities!
They are chosen over conventional materials such as plywood, marine plywood, wood, and other similar products for making modular kitchen cabinets, partitions, dressers, bathroom vanities, etc. WPC boards have excellent water-resistant characteristics that do not allow moisture to affect it’s dimensional stability.
Because of such traits, WPC boards are accepted for external purposes like facades, rain screens, sunscreens, decking for diving pools, landscape designs, garden furniture, garden fencing, flower pots, etc. due to their zero maintenance factor.
WPC Boards are extremely durable and are not influenced by any of the climatic variations like rainfall, snowfall, humidity, or chemicals, etc. Henceforth, they are utilized for exterior applications. Because of its apt density and composition, all types of fasteners and nails can be effortlessly installed with the support of conventional/woodworking tools.
WPC boards have more high-grade screw and nail holding capacity than any wood or conventional material and can even be screwed in & out multiple times in a single speck without failure. They do not require any layers or coating or maintenance like that of conventional materials and do not dissolve on appearance to daylight.
4. Colour, Coatings & Priming:
WPC boards are available in a diversity of colors and do not demand any guarding coatings due to their compositional outlook. But one wants to experiment or wants to match a space’s theme, yes they can be painted or can be textured with the help of PU paints or DUCO paints.
WPC boards can easily be laminated and veneered after applying the required surface compounds as part of their process.
5. Termite Resistant:
WPC does not corrode and is profoundly resistant to rotting, decay, and marine borer attacks. This is because it does not absorb any moisture like conventional wood.
6. Fire Resistant:
WPC material is extremely fire-resistant and fire retardant material. Plywood burns with flame whereas WPC does not burn with a flame. That is why it is preferred highly for residential & commercial projects.
Watch Live Experiment on how Ecoste WPC is retarding fire Immediately!
Applications of WPC Boards
Due to their superior qualities like water-resistant, termite resistant, and other factors like durability, etc, are practiced for a lot of purposes both for interior and exterior spaces.
1. Exterior Applications
WPC Boards are used for the decking of swimming pools, rainscreens, sunscreens, plantation furniture, landscape components, park benches, planter boxes, outdoor paneling, doors, windows, etc.
WPC is an innovative material that has established its strength as one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly likelihoods with add-like durability, dimensional stability, plug & play installation, etc. qualities. They can act as an excellent choice if used orderly… So connect with our experts to know its application possibilities and more!