Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) is a new type of construction material, referred to as WPC material. It is a kind of composite material that has been widely used in the interior decoration industry for many years. A composite material is made of at least two different materials. This is the biggest difference between traditional materials and composite materials. For example, WPC material is made of wood fiber and recyclable plastic. This material is used a lot in many fields, such as interior decoration, car interiors, furniture marking, etc.
Composite materials are fairly and have had a big impact on the field of material science. WPC materials are superior to most other building materials in many ways. This is the main reason why WPC material is becoming more and more popular as the preferred choice for home improvement projects. Today, let’s learn more about what composite materials are and other things you need to know.
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What Is Composite Material?
Most composite materials are made from two or more different materials. These materials have different chemical and physical properties. When they are combined, they form a new material with different chemical or physical properties. Typically, composites have the advantages of being stronger, lighter, and harder than raw materials. Composites are being produced and used because traditional natural materials do not meet the demand. Because of this, more and more WPC composites are being manufactured and used.
Origin of Composite Materials
Humans have been using composites for thousands of years of human history. The practice of gluing strips of wood together at different angles to form plywood existed as early as thousands of years ago. Since then, the ancient Egyptians made concrete structures such as pyramids and obelisks by mixing sand with natural resins.
After the Industrial Revolution, the better-known composite material was developed by Thomas Edison in 1879. Who combined carbon black and rubber to create high-quality filaments. After the 19th century, the development of composite materials became more and more rapid. Such as Roger Bacon’s invention of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) in 1954. The first practical application of CFRP was in the aerospace industry, for ballistic protection and radomes. Then gradually it was widely used in daily life, for example, in bumpers, doors, and interior trim in automotive applications.
Origin and Development of WPC Wall Panel
The industrial promotion of wood plastic composite panels originated in the United States in the 1980s, initially as a modified plastic application. And became a new decorative material as the technology level improved. The early WPC material color variety is relatively single, mainly gray. At the same time, the plastic texture was more obvious. With the development of technology and technology improvement, the WPC material color variety is very rich. Which greatly meets the design needs of different people.
At present, various types of wood-plastic composite panels (WPC) have been more widely used in the United States, Canada, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, and other countries, forming a considerable market scale.
Global WPC Panel Development History
The Wood-Stock or plastic wood composite material, which uses a mixture of 50% wood flour and 50% polypropylene (PP), emerged in Italy as an inexpensive, strong, and hard laminate for Ford cars, and is still widely used today.
Plant fiber/thermoplastic became the preferred product for WPC and its products entered the practical application stage. However, at that time, the products were mainly used in pallets and packaging boxes.
Europe, America, Japan, etc., started to ban the use of wooden pallets, and WPC pallets are the best alternative to wooden pallets.
Wood-plastic composite technology development has progressed really fast. The cost of WPC material is decreasing.
Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) Industry Demand Analysis
As global forest resources continue to decline, there is a growing call to protect them and to find new synthetic materials to replace wood. At the same time, the increasing amount of plastic waste and waste wood has become a top priority for governments and private environmental organizations.
For the building decoration industry, traditional materials such as preserved wood and glued laminated wood also have many disadvantages. For example, they have a short service life, are easily decayed and get moldy, and require regular maintenance work. It brings a lot of trouble to people; therefore, the demand for an emerging substitute material is increasing.
Demand makes human progress. Therefore, after years of research and creation, WPC materials are gradually embraced in the construction industry. WPC is made from a mixture of wood fibers and recyclable plastics. From the aspect of environmental protection, the promotion of this material not only improves the utilization rate of forest resources and reduces deforestation. It also effectively digests some of the plastic waste in our life, thus better protecting our living environment.
On the other hand, WPC material has good waterproof and mildew-proof functions due to the nature of the material. Which not only has a long service life but also requires little maintenance. In the construction industry, it brings great convenience for people. Meanwhile, because it is made artificially, WPC material also has rich colors and types. Which greatly meets the design styles of different houses.
WPC Panel Market Segment Analysis
From the perspective of the global market of wood plastic panels, it covers industrial consumer goods, construction, automotive decoration, plastic steel, aluminum alloy, and other fields:
where the construction industry has the highest market share, accounting for about 73.28% of the total wood plastic panel market, and applications include building curtain walls, building shading, wooden houses, wall panels, and decorative wall panels;
Followed by the industrial consumer goods field, accounting for about 11.31%, applied In logistics pallets, etc.;
Automotive decoration and other areas accounted for about 9.17% and 6.24% respectively, such as high-speed rail and military industry, etc.
Due to the good performance and green characteristics of wood-plastic composite(WPC) panels, various types of wood-plastic composite(WPC) panels have formed a relatively mature and standardized industry and market in European developed countries, and have been more widely used.
The application fields of the products have been gradually expanded from the early single production of ordinary logistics and transportation pallets to many fields such as courtyard construction, building decoration, municipal garden, tourism facilities, automobile industry, packaging, and transportation industry.
In addition to pallets, there are also siding, ceilings, decorative panels, treads, wall panels, highway noise partitions, seaside paving floors, construction templates, moisture-proof panels, etc., all of which can be made of WPC.
Wood plastic panels can replace solid wood, plastic, aluminum, etc., with a wide range of applications and great sustainability, the industry has a broad development prospect.
Currently, WPC is mostly used in outdoor applications due to its waterproof characteristics, and WPC is widely used in outdoor environments such as landscaping and building wall panels. In the interior environment, it is mainly used in flooring, ceiling, wall panels, etc.
What Are COOWIN WPC Products Made of?
COOWIN interior WPC is extruded from wood fiber, resin, and a small amount of polymer material. It looks like solid wood, and, in the meantime, it has the characteristics of waterproof, mothproof, anti-corrosion, heat insulation, and sound insulation. It is suitable for all kinds of interior decoration projects, without deterioration, mildew, cracking, and embrittlement.
As one of the best substitutes for solid wood, WPC products not only have the characteristics of real wood but also have a wide range of colors and types to match a variety of design styles. The color, size, and shape of COOWIN WPC material can be customized according to the requirement of our customers. In addition, it can be nailed, drilled, sharpened, sawed, planed, and painted like real wood, and it’s resistant to deformation and cracking.
WPC material has also been an element of sustainable development in this new era. Wood fiber and resin can be recycled and reused, which makes WPC material among the best alternatives for real wood. The unique technology and production procedure that we adopt is able to help reduce the waste of raw material to zero. According to the experiment by researchers, the formaldehyde release rate is merely 0.3mg/L, which is a figure much lower than the national standard.
What Are COOWIN® WPC Products?
Interior Wall Panels
COOWIN® interior WPC wall panels have various features, such as rich patterns and various artistic styles. It is designed to enhance the overall effect of interior decoration and create an environment full of charm.
In addition, these WPC wall panels are divided into three series, CWA, CWB, and CWC, with different sizes and surface designs to meet the needs of most users.
Interior WPC Ceiling
COOWIN® Interior WPC Ceiling is characterized by distinctive layers, bright lines, and delicate textures. It makes the interior space highly ventilated and comfortable through the installation of joists and adjustable hangers. The spatial diversity created by the variation in ceiling height gives us a lot of flexibility in interior design.
Interior Timber Tube
COOWIN® interior WPC timber tube is widely used in places with modern architectural styles. It meets people’s psychological needs for privacy and makes effective use of space. It adds an air of simplicity while maintaining the ventilation and light penetration of the room, creating a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.
Interior Decorative Trim
COOWIN®WPC decorative trim is available in a variety of patterns and styles to meet the various requirements of room decorative details. They are designed to match our WPC wall panels and ceilings to ensure that nothing can be found that has been overlooked.
Application Range of WPC Materials
COOWIN® WPC products include Interior Wall Panels, Ceilings, Timber tubes, and Decorative Trim. With these interior decoration products at your disposal, you can decorate your house with ease.
Living Room Decoration
The living room is the first space you enter and the impression you make is crucial. Therefore, it is necessary to decorate your living room carefully. You can use WPC interior wall panels to decorate the accent wall of your living room with some wall decorations to give you and your family a different feeling.
In addition, you can also use WPC ceiling to decorate the ceiling and you can install different lighting fixtures according to the different styles of the ceiling. For example, chandeliers, wall-mounted table lamps, and many other lamps. Easy to install, maintenance-free WPC products can let you enjoy your interior space with confidence.
As a room for relaxation and rest, a comfortable bedroom is a must for all people.WPC products are available in a wide range of finishes and colors. So whether you want a warm and cozy modern-style bedroom, a fresh and lovely children’s room, or a classic bedroom full of vintage-ism, COOWIN® WPC products can meet your needs.
For kitchen decoration, waterproof and mold-resistant decorative materials are a must. COOWIN® WPC wall and ceiling panels are well suited to meet this specific need. Since WPC products are made of a mixture of recyclable plastic and wood fiber, they have good resistance to moisture penetration and will not cause mold and rot due to excessive moisture. Again, you can choose the right color and appearance of WPC products according to your preference, to create a modernist or vintage kitchen.
Yes, you read that right. For the bathroom, you can use decorations other than tiles, as a substitute for solid wood decorations, WPC material is also available as bathroom decorations. WPC wall panels with good waterproof and mildew resistance can bring a different design effect to your bathroom. You can consider using WPC fluted wall panels, which are striped wall panels with a unique design.
If you have enough space inside, you can set up a separate study room. When you take a break, you can read a book and have a cup of coffee in the study quietly. The study room does not need too much space, you can use WPC timber tubes to separate space in the living room or balcony. This way your study space will be beautiful and not too small.
Advantages of WPC Products
Interior WPC products are widely used, which is brought about by the various advantages of WPC materials. Let’s learn more about the advantages of WPC products, and you will understand why more and more people choose and use WPC products to decorate their houses.
Traditional wood fades, cracks or rots after years of use. Therefore, in order to ensure the beautiful appearance of wood siding, you need to perform regular maintenance work. This not only means more work but also more expensive.
Because of the advantages of WPC materials, WPC products do not require regular maintenance, painting, or staining. It also avoids the ongoing cost expenditure at a later stage, giving you more time to enjoy your life. Therefore, WPC upholstery materials are more cost-effective, which is one of the biggest advantages of WPC upholstery products.
WPC material has higher durability than natural wood. It effectively prevents fading, staining, scratching, and mildewing, as well as cracking, warping, and rotting. In addition, WPC material is not afraid of water corrosion and has excellent durability. As a result, it has a long service life, and you can use it for 30 years or more with good use.
Since the 21st century, more and more people are paying attention to environmental protection and sustainability. COOWIN® WPC products are manufactured using wood flour and recyclable plastic. On the one hand, the use of wood powder made from tree branches and wood chips can improve the utilization of tree resources. On the other hand, the use of recyclable plastic can effectively reduce plastic waste in our lives and protect our living environment. In other words, the promotion and use of WPC decorative products can save natural resources and reduce pollution.
Selectable Colors and Appearances
WPC Wall Panel gives you more flexibility for your room decor—not only does it look like real wood but also features a variety of colors and styles. Even with the same surface texture, you can choose from a variety of colors to match your interior design. So, WPC material is the best choice to perfectly decorate your house.
Excellent Water and Mold Resistance
Excessive moisture in the environment is usually the main cause of mold and rot of wood. In order to avoid the furniture decoration from rotting, it is usually necessary to treat the wood with preservatives. However, preservative-treated wood not only contains chemicals that are harmful to humans but will still be moldy after years of use. Therefore, WPC wall panels with strong waterproof performance are slowly becoming popular among most people.
WPC wall panels, ceilings, and timber tubes are easy to install, and the unique structure allows fasteners to hold them in place better. The furring strip made of WPC material allows WPC products to be installed in a variety of applications. Of course, you can also use metal furring strips. In addition, COOWIN will provide you with detailed installation instructions and installation videos. Even if you do not have relevant installation experience, you can still try to install them yourself.
Easy to Clean
Whether it is WPC wall panels or WPC ceiling or WPC timber tubes, they are all very easy to clean. So we can simply remove any dust or other debris from the surface of WPC products. When grease, wine stains, or other food residues fall on their surface, all that you need to do is to prepare warm soapy water to rinse it off.
As a man-made upholstery product, WPC products are available in a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures. You can also customize matching sizes, textures, and colors to suit your needs. So no matter which design style you have, WPC interior products can match your house well and make your house more eye-catching.
Free Samples Available
You may still have a lot of concerns about this new and popular building material. Not to worry! We can provide you with free samples of our WPC products. Whether it is a WPC wall panel, ceiling, or timber tube, you can get free samples from us before you buy. This will give you a better understanding of our products.
In addition to the free samples themselves, we can also provide fasteners to match them. Of course, there is no shortage of our product brochures. This brochure contains a very detailed description of our business, the products, and the installation.