August 16, 2021
As the global ecosystem deteriorates, forest resources are being over-harvested. The supply of natural wood is dwindling. In particular, natural wood types with natural decay and insect resistance. Such as redwood and cedar, are in decline. Composite decking is becoming a more popular choice for outdoor Decoration.
Composite decking comes in several forms. From solid PVC plastic to solid composites using 100% recycled plastic, to products that mix plastic and natural wood or bamboo fibers. There are two manufacturing processes used: compression molding, which forms solid wood planks. The extrusion process, by pressing the raw material through a molding die to form the wood panel. Some composite panels are hollow and require end caps to cover the ends of the panels. Others, on the other hand, are dense, solid panels that are cut and installed in much the same way as regular panels.
These composite decking products are made from materials such as recycled plastic and wood fibers. On the one hand, they promote the recycling of waste resources. And on the other hand, they improve the utilization of wood resources and reduce excessive deforestation.
Here are seven popular brands used to manufacture composite materials.
Trex composite decking is made from recycled plastic and wood materials. Most of these raw materials come from recycled plastic grocery bags, plastic film, and waste wood fibers. Trex purchases approximately 300 million pounds of scrap polyethylene. And hardwood sawdust each year.
Trex flooring is a compression-molded product, sometimes with an extruded shell added. The planks are solid material and are usually covered at the ends with end caps or trim boards. Some product lines are attached to the underlying structural frame with concealed fasteners. While others are fastened down with nails or screws on the top surface. Trex offers a 25-year limited warranty. Which is fairly standard in the laminate flooring industry.
The company was founded in 1996 through the acquisition of a division of Mobil Corporation. And went public in 1999. Trex is headquartered in Winchester, Virginia. With manufacturing facilities in Fernley, Nevada, and Winchester, Virginia.
Available products include decking, drainage components, outdoor lighting, fencing, trim, pergolas. And Trex outdoor furniture. Terex offers the largest selection of outdoor composite lumber and products of any manufacturer.
TimberTech products are made of a strong PVC compound. And it is highly resistant to staining, scratching, splintering, and mildew. Although made of 100% PVC material. The surface decorative panel products have an extremely realistic wood appearance. Railing products include pure PVC and some composite materials. TimberTech is perhaps the best of all composite decking manufacturers, and also the most expensive. Backed by a 50-year limited warranty. Other product lines, such as TimberTech Pro have a 30-year warranty. TimberTech Edge has a 25-year warranty.
The decorative panels are solid molded PVC throughout their thickness. And have an extra durable cover coating on the exposed surface. The boards can be installed with concealed fasteners or with nails or screws through the surface.
Now TimberTech consists of the Outdoor Living division of AZEK, Inc. based in Chicago with multiple U.S. manufacturing facilities. Over the past few years, AZEK has acquired a number of smaller manufacturers of composite decking.
Products available include surface trim boards, railings, porches, trim and molding components. As well as lighting and hardware accessories. Decorative panels are available in narrow, standard, and wide panel widths. This is one of the most extensive product lines. With over 40 colors and textures available in the various product lines.
Founded in 2000, COOWIN® has become a widely recognized brand in the global wood and plastic market.
The production and design of WPC products have continued over the years. The first to produce 3D wood grain products. COOWIN® has a production facility of over 100,000 square feet with research. And have a development laboratory, professional technicians, and a team of designers. It is also CE, iso9001:2015, iso14001:2015 certified.
COOWIN® WPC products are produced from 100% recycled, FSC certified wood flour and waste plastics through an extrusion. It combines the traditional look of wood with the durability and resilience of engineered plastics. It is the ideal solution for outdoor living construction. A wide range of applications is available. Such as outdoor decorative panels, fences, promenades, balconies, bridges, decks, patios, railings, etc.This decorative panel comes with a 25 year limited warranty.
COOWIN® is not only a material supplier. But also dedicated to improving your outdoor life through services for outdoor architecture. It not only sells WPC products. But also helps you to realize local production and provide COOWIN® products.
The Dura-Life decking and railing product line includes Siesta Series decking boards. Available in four wood grain tones and four solid landscape colors. This decking is a blend of polypropylene, recycled wood and plastic, and hardwood dust to form a highly stain and damage-resistant material.
Dura-Life planks are formed by extrusion. With a co-extruded polypropylene shell covering an extruded composite core. The surface trim panels are typically installed with concealed fastener strips. And the ends are covered by matching fascia boards.
Available products include decking and railing components, docks, porch products and boardwalks. Deck boards use a concealed fastening system that eliminates face nails or screws. The decorative boards are backed by a 25-year warranty.
Envision Composite Lumber
The solid flooring produced by Envision Composite Lumber is made using a compression molding process. That uses a lot of heat and pressure to squeeze out the air pockets. This results in a very dense and thick decorative panel with a deeply textured surface. This "wood" is made entirely from recycled plastic and has no natural wood fibers.
Envision decorative panels are compression molded to form a solid panel. More expensive product lines include a high-quality shell layer that is tightly bonded to the core laminate. Depending on the product line. They can be installed by screwing or nailing through the top surface, or by a system of concealed fasteners. The ends can be left uncovered or covered with matching fascia boards.
Envision laminate flooring is manufactured by TAMKO, which opened a line of asphalt shingles in Joplin, Missouri, in 1944. in 1999, TAMKO entered the plastic laminate flooring business.
Fiberon manufactures surface trim panels, railing components and fencing products. That features a wood composite core bonded to a solid shell. Available in various shades of wood tones and gray decorative panels. All products are backed by a 25-year limited warranty.
Fiberon decking boards are formed by compression molding and applying a surface cover on three or four sides. They can be installed with surface-driven fasteners or a concealed fastening system. The ends are usually covered with a matching fascia board.
Fiberon got its start as a manufacturer of wood-plastic composite flooring in North Carolina in 1997. And in 2008, Fiberon and Sensibuilt combined their assets and brands to become a major player in the alternative flooring market.
Lumberock premium decking offers a range of solid wood boards and tongue and groove products made from a combination of plastic and mineral materials. Lumberock decking boards are extruded solid materials. Installation is usually done by nailing or screwing down from the top surface. There are no special hidden fasteners.
Founded in 2000, Lumberock is a relatively small manufacturer located on the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois, and its products are available at a limited number of points of sale. Products include decking boards in 12 different solid colors with a basic wood grain finish, plus a limited selection of railing components and fascia boards.