WHAT IS WPC BOARDS? ITS PROPERTIES, APPLICATIONS AND USES.

WPC boards are the best alternative material for natural wood and plywood. WPC stands for wood plastic composite. These Boards are the get over of the entire problem faced with the plywood. WPC boards have more internal strength weight and above all and no trees are cut in their production. Wpc board comprises of 70% of virgin polymer 15% of wood powder and remaining 15% of the additive chemical.


Characteristics of WPC Board

1. The appearance and feel resembles to that of a natural wood. It requires less repair and maintenance as it does not distort/bend or chip off in small pieces like natural wood.

2. It is highly resistant to moisture and hence a highly durable material.


3. It also has resistance to termite and fungus.

4. It does not corrode easily and does not decay or lose its constituents.

5. As it is made up of recycled plastic and waste wood, hence it is sustainable and green material.

6. There is a greater hold of nails, screws and fasteners when used with WPC in comparison with natural wood.




Advantages of WPC boards

1. Water proof
WPC boards are highly resistance to water and they are 100 % waterproof product and can be used for doors and furniture in wet areas like kitchen, wash area, vanity room and bathroom etc. 

2. Termite proof
Termite can reduce the life pf wooden products and this is the major drawback of wood but WPC boards are termite proof. They are not affected by the insects or termites which increases its life span and durability.


3. Resistance to corrosion
WPC do not corrode and are highly resistance to rust attack. They are also do not absorb water into the wood fibre embedded in the material. 

4. Finishing on surface
WPC board does not require painting, staining and oiling on its surface and it avoids using potentially polluting preservative but if you want to duco paint or texture paint you can do it, only the thing is first you have to apply PVC primer on the board.

5. Easy to work
They are easily cut into any design with a CNC router. Finishing of WPC grill (jali) is better than MDF and stronger also.

6. Scope of Mouldability
As per the requirement and need, It can be moulded into different shape and sizes. Due to this, it can be used for making for designer doors and window which will give you rich look and fine polishing.

7. Resistance to fire
WPC boards is a polymer-based product it is self-extinguishing and doesn’t ignite the fire when in touch with a fire source. It is fire retardant material. It does not help the fire to get spread it does not burn with a flame. Whereas plywood support fire to spread because it burns with flame. So WPC is a better option when you choose a panel for the fire-prone area.

8. Environment Friendly Product
WPC boards are free of formaldehyde, lead, methanol, urea and other hazardous chemicals. This harmful volatile chemical enters the human body through contact and inhalation and causes a serious health-related problem. Especially in children and elder people. WPC is 100% VOC free and also it does not emit formaldehyde in the atmosphere.

9. Eco friendly product
No trees are cut in there making, that means they are environment-friendly products leading to a green revolution. It is manufactured with rise /wheat husk and virgin thermoplastics. It is made up of recycled plastic and waste food hence it is a sustainable and green material. It comes with guaranteed quality which consists of the modifier, foaming agents, stabilizers and various elements that are mixed in specific and strict ratio.

10. Surface adhesion
Laminate or veneer can be pasted on WPC board with the help of Fevicol Heatx adhesive. The surface of the WPC board should be rubbed with 80 no. sandpaper for proper bonding. If you want more thickness two WPC boards can be jointed with the help of cement solvent or PVC solvent. For covering, the edge of WPC boards PVC edge banding taps can be used. 

11. Good shear strength
All types of screw and nails can be easily nailed with the help of a conventional tool. WPC boards have better screw and nail holding capacity than plywood. Even you can screw and unscrew at the same position more than 10 times. It does not get loose.


12. UV stability
It will not rot, crack, warp as like other timber used for interior and furniture making. You can use WPC boars in sunlight, it does not get spoiled in sunlight. You have to just paint or polish it after certain time intervals and it will remain new and strong for years. You can use weather coat paint and PO polish on WPC. Also, it is a maintenance-free material.

13. Recyclable 
The scraped material can be crushed to powder and extruded to the new requirements.

14. Thermal Insulation 
It has a low thermal conductivity, which means it can prevent heat in summer and keep heat in winter.

15. Electrical Insulation 
It has a low electrical conductivity.




Disadvantages of WPC Boards

1. The resistance of WPC to extreme temperature is low as compared to wood. If you put kitchen utensils directly on WPC boards it will cause melting impression if the temperature is more than 70°C.

2. The laser cutter cannot be used on WPC boards as it will burn the boards.

3. It contains a plastic polymer and wood fibres so the shortcoming of both this material will be present in it.

4. The cost of WPC material is higher as compared to other material used for the same purpose.


5. It lacks the natural wooden texture due to which the feeling of natural wood is missing.


Uses and Applications of WPC Boards

1. WPC boards can be used in interior applications, exterior applications and for advertisement.

2. In interior application, WPC boards can be used in modular kitchen, home & office furniture, wall panelling, ceiling solution, wardrobes, industrial section, control cabinets& panels, bathroom cabinets, window & doors frame and railing.


3. In exterior applications, WPC boards can be used in constructions/ shuttering boards, exterior wall cladding, garden furniture, park benches & fencing, prefabrication house, other exterior applications, outdoor deck flooring.

4. For advertisement WPC boards can be used in signboards, display boards, direct digital printing, exhibitions stands & graphics.


Price of WPC Boards


For 18 mm thickness of the WPC board, the rate will be approximately 95/- per sqft. The rate depends on density, thickness, brands & location. WPC boards is now an emerging material which is modern and long-lasting. Replacing the traditional construction materials due to its strength, modern design and many more characteristics.

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