FAQ on Everwood WPC Products

Summary

This page contains a list of questions and answers related to Everwood and WPC products.

What is WPC and how is it manufactured?

Wood Plastic Composite, generically now known as WPC, is an exceptionally durable, cost efficient and low environmental impact material with superlative aesthetic appeal and remarkable weathering performance. WPC is a combination of reclaimed wood powder and high density recycled thermoplastics in the ratio of 60%:30%, produced through an efficient and clean manufacturing process that is free of toxic emissions or effluent discharge.

Is WPC an environmentally sustainable material?

WPC is a combination of recycled wood flour and HDPE thermoplastics. Nearly 90% of these raw materials are from secondary sources, which would otherwise be either disposed in landfills or burnt. The environmental impact during the manufacturing process of WPC is negligible, since manufacture involves consumption of high volume recycled non-toxic raw materials and a production process that is free of toxic emissions or effluent discharge.

Why is WPC gaining popularity as a building material in recent times?

As a material, WPC is exceptionally durable under all weather conditions. It can withstand heat waves to cold winters, excessive rainfall, highly variable temperatures and intense humidity. WPC also delivers natural wood looks and a premium aesthetic appearance. Most importantly, it does not require any regular maintenance after initial installation. It is a versatile material that can be used in a variety of exterior and interior applications. These attributes have contributed to making WPC a much sought after building material to replace other conventional ones.

Why is WPC better than wood for exterior architectural applications?

WPC resembles wood in appearance but in terms of weathering capability, resistance to UV
and termites and rot, it is far superior to wood because of the presence of polymers as raw
material in its composition. Unlike wood which deteriorates over time and needs to be
maintained in different ways, WPC does not require periodic maintenance of painting or any
coating. Also, the initial and lifetime cost of WPC applications is far less than wood making WPC
a clear winner over natural wood.

What materials does WPC replace in construction?

Being a versatile material for a host of exterior & interior applications, WPC replaces many conventional materials depending on the type of application. Typically in exterior cladding, WPC is an alternative to wood looking high pressure laminates, aluminium composite panels, natural wood and stone. WPC replaces natural wood and stone as a decking application. Pergolas which are conventionally built with wood and steel are now being built out of WPC. The weathering and low maintenance attributes of WPC in exterior conditions, replaces steel, aluminium and other materials in railings, louvers, fencing and many other architectural applications.

Can and does WPC need to be painted like wood?

One of the most attractive features of WPC is that it does not require any periodic maintenance as does wood or any other conventional building material. The material comes in different shades of natural wood colour. Apart from the occasional water washing to remove dust and dirt, WPC does not require any painting, oiling, staining, UV coatings or termite treatment to keep it looking good over time.

Is WPC a durable material in interiors and exteriors?

WPC is a composite of wood and plastics. This unique raw material composition endows it with high strength, endurance and an extraordinary lifespan. It is capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions, is anticorrosive, impact resistant and fire retardant and is resistant to fading and termites. All these characteristics, along with the ability to retain their vibrant colours over a long time, make WPC an extremely durable material that can be safely used on interior and exterior surfaces.

Is WPC a a durable material in interiors and exteriors?

Being a composite of wood and plastics, high quality WPC is extremely UV resistant and can
withstand heavy sunshine and rain without fading. Anti-UV additives included with the raw
materials during manufacturing ensure that the colour of the composite will remain stable and
be retained for over 10 years after installation. The polymer content in WPC also makes it water
proof and completely protected against any amount of rainfall or humidity through the lifetime of
the material.

Is WPC cladding a good option for exterior wall cladding?

The most popular options for exterior wall & ceiling cladding are materials that are fade resistant, handle weathering well and importantly aestetically make a building stand out. The material must be lightweight, thermally insulative, easy to install and require mininal maintenance over the product & building lifetime. High weathering capability, UV resistance, low thermal expansion, better insulation properties, corrosion & impact resistance, and being fire retardant compared to wood & other materials are attributes of WPC that make it a superior material for facades, wall & ceiling cladding for all types of buildings.

Does WPC decking weather, deteriorate and eventually rot like wood over 5-7 years?

The polymer content of WPC decking planks gives it the tenacity to withstand extreme weather conditions. Moreover, good quality WPC has a density that is twice that of natural wood, making it weather and fade resistant. Resistant to fading, staining, scratching, fungus, splitting, cracking and rot, good quality WPC planks have a lifespan of 20 to 25 years and do not deteriorate easily like wood. WPC also has much better or lower factor of thermo dimensional change making it the ideal material to replace wood in outdoor decking, exterior cladding, garden pergolas, railings and a host of other exterior and interior architectural uses.