WPC decking is an attractive and dependable decking solution that will withstand the test of time. Each piece is knot free and consistent in size, colour and length, therefore eliminating the search for the perfect piece. It looks, smells and handles like wood but has the durability of plastic
ITI (Aust) is the largest distributor in Australia of this rapidly growing wood plastic composite (WPC) and wpc garage flooring bushfire resistant (BAL29) polymer decking industry. ITI distributes two of the finest quality products designed for Australian Environmental conditions.
Plastic “lumber” products began appearing in U.S. markets in the late 1980s. Its development was stimulated both by the rising volume of largely un-recycled plastic waste for which uses were needed as well as by increasing consumer interest in more durable, lower maintenance outdoor products such as decking and fencing.
The major selling points for composite lumber are that it is free of potentially hazardous chemicals, and made largely from long-lasting, low-maintenance, recycled materials. It is, thus,often promoted as an environmentally preferable or “green” alternative to other decking materials. In this paper we examine the performance of wood-plastic composite (WPC) decking and its environmental properties. We also highlight a recently completed life cycle analysis (LCA) and comparison of outdoor waterproof flooring and western red cedar decking. The recent third-party LCA study considered a number of environmental performance measures.
Wood-plastic composite (WPC) lumber is made primarily from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), recovered from the waste stream mainly in the form of used milk containers or recovered plastic bags, and from wood wastes (often planer shavings) that have been ground to a fine powder. A 50:50 mixture of plastic and wood is common. A few outdoor terrace flooring products make use of low-density polyethylene, polypropylene, or polystyrene plastics and various materials other than wood, including agricultural fibers and fiberglass. While use of a high percentage of recovered plastic is common (100 percent is not unusual), some brands contain markedly less recycled plastic content and little to no post-consumer plastic content.