Wood Plastic Composite materials are a solution that combines natural, fibrous wood and PVC, polyethylene (PE), or polypropylene (PP). WPC has a lower coefficient of thermal expansion, a higher heat deflection temperature, and a higher modulus of elasticity than thermoplastics. This makes these materials an excellent choice for outdoor applications. WPCs can withstand various weather conditions, temperature ranges, or other environmental exposures. These materials are generally resistant to rot, decay, and insects. WPCs are a top choice for:
- entry doors
- patio doors
- garage doors
- trim and molding
- spa surrounds
Formtech has over 30 years of experience with these materials. For instance, we created a PVC-based WPC for a leading manufacturer of windows and doors. This customer required a material that did not expand or contract as much as plastic when the weather changed (lower COE). Also, the customer wanted their product to withstand higher temperatures than plastic without distorting (higher HDT). Finally, the customer wanted to paint or stain the product.
Many WPC products can be painted or stained with consumer products. This provides flexibility most thermoplastic materials alone cannot offer. WPCs are also lower maintenance than many other material options available. They offer the additional benefit of being environmentally friendly and recyclable.
To ensure the best fit for your application, WPCs can be formulated specifically to your needs! This allows us to consider the properties that are most important to you. Your custom formulation can be:
- made into custom shapes (or profiles), including hollow products.
- embossed with wood grain or other custom textures.
- extruded with other materials (including flexible materials or custom colored capstocks). This options provides functional and appearance advantages.
For those products requiring additional fabrication or machining, standard tools can be used. You will not need special tools to work with your WPC products!
Do you want to learn more about Wood Plastic Composite materials? Contact us today — we look forward to hearing from you!