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WPC panels – The new eco-friendly industry favourite!

Beige Colored WPC panels abutting WPC panel decking
Wood Polymer Composite or WPC panels are a hybrid mix of recycled plastics and wood by-product that is machined into look-alike timber panel sheeting

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What are WPC panels?

Wood Polymer Composite or WPC panels are a hybrid mix of recycled plastics and wood by-product mixed with other additives that is machined into look-alike timber panel sheeting. They are an up and coming cladding material that can be shaped and coloured in many ways and it is taking the construction industry by storm!

How are WPC panels made?

WPC panels are made from the waste material from other forms of natural wood production such as sawdust, wood shavings, and bamboo fibers together with recycled plastic powder and other additives used to give the finished panels additional properties such as the colour, durability as well as fire and UV resistances.

The materials are mixed and heated then poured into a mold and left to cool before being cut to the desired size and shape. While custom projects are possible with this product, the purpose-built molds required can make smaller jobs incredibly expensive.

WPC panels used to create a timber-look feature wall which gives living room a cozy feel

Some properties of WPC panels

Due to the unique composition of each panel, depending on the timber by-product added, there is a really wide array of finishes possible for the WPC panel. This is why they are often used for feature walls or other eye-catching purposes.

They can also be formed into an infinite number of shapes, sizes and colours which means there will almost definately be a style to suit everyone’s taste.

WPC panels are also reknown for being very durable and resistant to moisture. This makes it the perfect option for external applications like decking and fence paneling.

They are formed to have a natural wood-like appearance, meaning they can generally be used in lieu of traditional timber products. WPC panels are made from a combination of natural and synthetic materials, which makes them more eco-friendly than other purely plastic wall panels.

How does the price compare to similar paneling products?

When it comes to costs, WPC panels are an affordable way to give your home a unique and stylish make-over. WPC panels will set you back approximately $2 per square foot for the panel supply of and approximately another $2 per square foot for installation.

The price of installation can vary depending on the method of fixing the panel. Any inherent complexity of the job itself will also increase costs. For example, an excessive amount of areas that require many precise cuts can increase the cost per square foot.

Pro-Tip: Always be sure to order additional material 5-10% over the total area you have measured for wastage!

In contrast, PVC panels are a little cheaper on average being approximately $1.60 per square foot for the panel supply. The installation process is also quite simple. A special adhesive being the best method of fixation and it can be as cheap as $1.50 per square foot to install. You do, however, lose that timber look and feel of the WPC panel. An interesting read on the differences between the two products can be found here.

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