What is Eco-Composite Wood?

Definition

Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) can be applicable to any product that contains (A) Wood with a (B) Thermoset or (C) Thermoplastic.

(A) Hardwood is selected as they have good durability and strength properties. This hardwood is then transformed into fine particles which are about the size ranging from sand, sawdust to grains of rice.

WPCs can be found predominantly used for decking but other markets have emerged such as wall cladding, trimmings,  outdoor / indoor furnitures and interiors for the automotive industry.

Additional Resources

Wood Plastic Composite Wiki | What we do and FAQs | Warranty | Deck Care | Installation

Composite Wood vs Real Wood

Research conducted by David Burke (2011) analysed the properties and differences between Kiln dried hardwood and Wood Plastic Composites (WPCs), specifically compared the brand ModWood for furniture and construction applications. Given that the chemical composition and structure of different brands of WPCs are almost the same the table below gives a good comparison between two widely used products:

PropertyComposites (WPCs)Hardwood
Water resistanceBE
Rot resistanceBC
Insect resistanceBD
Chemical resistanceBC
Stain resistanceAD
Warp/cup resistanceAC
Splinter resistanceAD
Cold forming/bendingAC
Protective FinishAD
ComfortAB
Dimensional stabilityBB
Heat-slump resistanceCA
Paint/stain finishEA
Oil finishDA
Glue adhesionDA
Fixing strengthBA
Tensile strengthBA
Ease of machiningBA
Installed LongevityBC

Analysis of the table above indicates that WPCs have good resistance to environmental conditions and termites when compared to hardwood. Thus, better longevity can be achieved with the use of WPCs. Hardwood is considered to be easier to machine and glue can be used in the construction process. Also there is better heat dissipation than you would expect in WPCs. For an Australian discussion on the subject check out Modwood vs Hardwood Decking on Whirlpool.

Many traditionalists take a hardened position stating that nothing can substitute the look, feel and character of natural hardwood and the regular ongoing maintenance is worth having with a traditional hardwood deck. While others enjoy the consistency, low maintenance and resistance properties that a composite deck can offer.

Here is our range of colours available. Note that not all colours and models are in stock. Please contact us with your preferences and requirements.

colours

What is ECW Made From?

Basically it is a cross between wood chips, recycled HDPE plastic and another of additives to bond the two components together.

Composite Ingredients

Benefits

Here is a list of some of the typical benefits Eco-Composite Wood has:

  • Waterproof
  • V-Groove tread
  • Looks and feels like wood
  • Durable, firm because of its high density low maintenance (wash with soapy water to clean)
  • Termite proof
  • No rot and fade resistant
  • Never warps
  • Doesn’t need sealing
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Save money on labour
  • No nails
  • Easy to cut to size

Quality

This product has been exported successfully in many countries, particularly in the UK, Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. Our products are of European Standard and pass CE, SGS and FSC international accreditation.

2 thoughts on “What is Eco-Composite Wood?

  1. Linda
    Linda / Reply July 6, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    What is the fire-resistance of your paneling product?

    Thx

  2. Tilak Chawla
    Tilak Chawla / Reply June 10, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Is ECW better than WPC for indoor living room walls.?Which one is more reasonable and durable as. compare????

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