Common Questions About Wood-Plastic Composite
1. What is wood-plastic composite? Wood-plastic composites are new materials relative to the long history of natural lumber as a building material. The most widespread use of WPCs in North America is in outdoor deck floors, but it is also used for railings, fences, landscaping timbers, cladding and siding, park benches and so on. In recent years, people in the flooring industry starts referring to WPC as a type of floor that has a basic structure of top vinyl veneer plus a rigid extruded core.
Our products comprise of 35% plastic, 55% oak wood fiber, and 10% additives including UV stabilizers, coupling agents, lubricants etc. Compared with other WPC manufactures in China, who use mixed wood fiber, we use oak wood fiber, which is hardwood. While other WPC products are made with 28% to 30% plastic, our WPC products are made with 35% plastic, making our products feature exceptional strength.
2. What are the types of wood-plastic composite?
WPC is mainly divided into two categories: PE WPC and PVC WPC:
PE wood-plastic products are mainly used in outdoor garden construction, such as guardrails, floors, trash cans, flower ponds, pallets and so on. It features excellent water resistance, corrosion resistance and high hardness, and is easily deformed and buckled by heat.
PVC wood plastic composite products are low-cost. They can be made with new or old materials, and its modification is relatively easy. It can also be used for secondary processing with various surface textures or paints including UV paint.
3. Is the water absorption rate of wood-plastic composite high?
Because a plastic layer is wrapped around natural fibers such as wood fibers, the water absorption rate of wood-plastic is very low. It is very suitable for the waterfront landscape.
4. Will low-temperature weather affect WPC?
Wood plastic composite still performs well even in low-temperature weather. However, because plastic accounts for more than 50% of the composition of wood plastic, it will become harder to drill in extremely cold condition. In this case, pre-drilling is required.