Wall cladding has always been in demand for its authentic, rustic yet elegantly classy appearance that it bestows a setting. Wall cladding is known by various names such as weather-boarding or siding is an attractive and economical way to finish the exterior of both new or even refurbished buildings. Traditionally, wall cladding was done using plywood and wooden laminates to impart that natural wooden look; but a major disadvantage of using wood and plywood was a range of problems faced in due course of time, such as decreased durability and distortion. WPC, or wood plastic composite is gaining traction fast as a prime material used in wall decking, as it provides an authentic natural look whilst incorporating a modern touch.
What is WPC?
Wood plastic composite is a hybrid material that is made by combining recycled hard wood fibres and plastic; thus imparting the resultant composite with both properties of wood as well as plastic.
Benefits of choosing WPC clad:
Water resistant: The moisture uptake of WPC is highly minimal, thus making it water resistant. This proves to be an asset, especially when it is used in outdoor decking and wall cladding.
Weather resistant: The low moisture uptake results in decreased fungal infestation, thus avoiding algae and mildew infestation. The composite is also highly resistant to termites. It is UV resistant, resulting in lesser colour fading. The increased strength and increased flexibility makes it more durable, thus resulting in more weather resistance.
Slip resistance: The wood component in the composite imparts the material better grip; and along with the property of water resistance. This makes WPC ideal for decking, and wall cladding in cities with Indian cities with tropical climates like Ghaziabad.
Natural look: WPC wall decking and claddings look indistinguishable from natural wood, thus proving to be a better aesthetically pleasing material for new and refurbished homes alike.
Range of patterns and textures: WPC can be available in different colours, patterns and prints. Unlike a simple paint coat that can be easily affected by weather; the material itself is incorporated with the said colours and patterns.
Along with low moisture uptake, WPC shows an increase in strength, thus bearing extreme temperatures. Approximately 4000 hours of UV ray exposure results in only a slight change in opacity. In addition, the flexural strength is comparable to saw plastic composure, making it one of the best materials for long term usage.
Cons of using WPC:
WPC is one of the costlier materials available for wall cladding, with the other materials being wood, veneer and laminates.
In conclusion, even though WPC is one of the costlier alternatives available for wall cladding and outdoor decking; the reason for growth in popularity of WPC is its durability, strength, weather resistance, and a natural appearance. When all the factors are taken into consideration, WPC claddings can be a great deal for outdoor designing, especially in a tropical terrain city like Ghaziabad.