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Wood Plastic Composite vs Timber Decking: What Is The Difference?

02 February 2023

By: Floorrich Singapore

Wood Plastic Composite vs Timber Decking What Is The Difference


Looking to initiate a construction project and seeking a suitable decking to use? The search may be challenging as there are so many factors to consider before deciding on an ideal one. Prior to the selection process, you should first understand that the majority of the decks utilise treated lumber for the framing. Try to look at the materials that make up the decking surface and railings. Out of all types of decking, wood plastic composite (WPC) and timber are two of the most common options. To ease your decision-making process, we have compiled a list for you to better differentiate the duo. Refer to the different perimeters for comparison:

1. Resistance to moisture and decays

Featuring a clean natural wood texture and appearance, hardwood timber is often used as balcony decking in Singapore. However, it is sensitive to moisture absorption. Excessive moisture may cause staining, softening or swelling of the deck structure. Fortunately, this can be avoided as long as proper sealing is done. Better still, it is recommended to apply thorough and regular oiling for the deck to stay in a good shape. On the other hand, WPC is made from a unique combination of natural wood and plastic fibres. It is resistant to water decay, rot and termites.

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2. Slip resistance

The slip resistance of hardwood timber may be compromised because of the stain used to maintain its appearance. However, stains are still generally less slippery than paint. On the contrary, most WPC comes with better anti-slip properties, with the grooved surface being installed facing upwards, preventing slips or falls.

3. Heat resistance

WPC can withstand the outdoor heat. It contains foaming agents, stabilising agents and modifiers that blend well with proper mixing ratio. These materials make WPC resistant to heat, being able to withstand flying sparks and radiating heat. As for timber decking, it is not considered as an ideal heat transmitter because its surface may be hotter than the ambient temperature after being long exposed to the sun. 

4. Environmental-friendly 

Sustainability has become one of the top priorities of homeowners nowadays when it comes to selection of decorative elements, interior design, and even the type of decking. WPC makes for a great environmentally-friendly option since it is made from recycled wood fibres. Used WPC is recyclable for the creation of brand new WPC, proving to be an ultimate green commodity. Meanwhile, timber is a natural and organic construction material produced from wood logs. 

5. Cost-effectiveness

Thanks to its low maintenance, WPC is more cost-effective compared to hardwood timber in the long run. WPC’s surface is protected by inner plastic. This allows the deck to resist moisture better. Always remember to sweep the surface to maintain its smooth and splinter-free material.

An ideal deck definitely bolsters your property’s value. We hope you find the description above useful in helping you decide which deck to go for. Despite the type of deck you select, the key is to take good care of it so that it remains appealing and durable. 

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