WPC or PVC: Pick wisely as ‘Every Home Tells A Story’

Recent studies outline WPC’s annual growth of 12%; the market share was $2,551 million in 2016 and set to reach $6,584 million by 2023 -By Staff Writer

The phrase, ‘Every Home Tells A Story’, emphasizes the fact that no home is the same and every homeowner wishes to evoke the same feeling when anyone looks at his/her home sweet abode. And to achieve that a homeowner leaves no stone unturned to make sure that their family abode is not only unique in layout and design but also equipped with the best of the available exteriors as well interiors.

And amid all the stuff arranged together in harmony to the liking of the homeowner, door frames and doors make everyone think. These frames not only make the main entrance to the cherished family abode but also allow a frontal face to the world to see from the outside and family members to enjoy from the inside. And as time passes, people develop emotional as well as physical attachments to it.

However, zeroing on the one material to go with often presents its own kind of challenges as the options are plenty in the form of the traditional Wooden ones, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), or more versatile and comprehensive Wood Polymer Composites (WPC) for the door frame and doors.

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Each of these options (Wood, PVC and WPC) comes with their own kind of advantages as well as disadvantages. A volume of write-ups has been written around the uses and applications of Wood and PVC in households for various purposes, be it furniture, frames and doors. And in the process almost all the aspects of the same have been observed, analysed and commented upon.

However, when it comes to the fast-emerging WPC over PVC, it is fast catching the imagination of people and industry alike and proving to be future ready premium solutions for the personal and commercial sector construction sector. Moreover, the 100 per cent precision customization of the WPC-based frames and door solutions as per the needs and requirements of the client make it the most preferable frame and door solution.

However, people often find themselves confused between the two – WPC and PVC – when the time is there to pick for. And, therefore, it’s essential to have some of the key features as well as peculiarities put out for the sake of the people out there to make their choices and selection easy.

As it can be observed in some of the earlier blogs available on the PathFrame website which deciphers the various facets of the WPC-based door frame and door solutions.

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Wood Polymer Composite (WPC):

The modern-age WPC is a hybrid material comprising the best of wood and virgin polymers to give a long lasting, versatile composite material suited best for the construction segment, especially personal and professional. As it can be manufactured from scratch and suitable for the 100 per cent customization capabilities allows it to be molded into any shape and size. The WPC frames and doors flawlessly combine the look, feel and texture of wood and unparalleled longevity, robustness of agility as being termite and waterproof. Besides, the V0 fire rating, no splinter issue, free of bending as well cracking and enhanced screw holding features make the WPCs best for the frames and door solutions. And perhaps the best alternative to the traditional wood-based solutions.

Some of the Key Features of WPC can be listed below as:

  • Moisture-proof & Rot-resistant
  • Customized with Print & Texture
  • Environment-friendly
  • Non-corrosive
  • Antibacterial and Anti-warping
  • No need of further surface coating
  • Lightweight, Durable & Easy to maintain
  • Cutting, Nailing, Drilling & Finishing possible with standard tools
  • Affordable cost

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC):

Polyvinyl Chloride is a high strength thermoplastic material widely used in applications, such as pipes, medical devices, wire and cable insulation. It is the world’s third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer. Moreover, in the recent past people started utilizing it for the household use, like door frames, doors, cabinets beyond its established scope like plumbing, pipes, cables, window profiles, flooring and roofing. However, with time it started giving issues of frequent repairing, hardening, cracking, bending, screw holding issues and last but not the least, very limited self-life.

Advantages PVC:

  • Abrasion Resistance
  • Lightweight
  • Mechanical Strength and Toughness
  • Easy to process and long-lasting
  • High clarity, Organoleptic Properties
  • Less Carbon Footprint
  • Fully Recyclable and Non-toxic
  • Cost-effective

How WPC Scores over PVC?

So far it has been pretty clear that both – WPC and PVC – are polymer-based composite solutions. However, the manufacturing processes of these two are completely different. As to improve and reinforce the strength of the PVC, additional materials are used in the manufacturing process. However, when it comes to WPCs do not require any such reinforcing additive as the components used (wood fiber and virgin polymer granules) and the ratio maintained make sure WPCs have the comprehensively enhanced robustness, agility, strength and toughness throughout the door frames and doors made using WPC.

Some Key Comparative Parameters of WPC over PVC

Sr. No. Key Features WPC PVC
1 Density More Versatile Less Versatile
2 Price Costly Less Costly
3 Agility Strength Less Strength
4 Screw Holding Versatile Very Limited
5 Application Construction, Decking, Auto Sector and Spreading further Limited and slowly phasing out

However, looking at the above listed use, applications and various other aspects, one can say all is fine but what is the premium cost associated with. Then one would have to keep in mind one time investment with longevity and versatility, which is devoid of any future maintenance issue. Moreover, it is always better than a solution which needs regular repair and maintenance, thereby small-time expenses happening every now and then.

Moreover, according to a recent market study by Allied Market Research the global WPCs market is most likely to register a CAGR in excess of 12 per cent and of which was valued at $2,551 million in 2016 is likely to hit at $6,584 million by 2023, registering a CAGR of 12.6 per cent from 2017 to 2023. And the Indian market is well poised for the same.

Another study by Mordor Intelligence puts a CAGR of 5 per cent on a year-on-year basis for the period of 2022 to 2027.

The Indian market and industry are all well poised for the WPC segment and the PathFrame is all set to ride the rising wave with its WPC hollow frame and door solutions. It should be noted that in the mere short span of 3 years’ time, PathFrame has successfully installed WPC solutions on over 22 projects – spread across public to the private sector and healthcare to the academic sector – and, so far, it has received 0 complaints of any kind.

PathFrame, with these spotlights, is ready to serve the ever-growing WPC sector. Want to know more about products and services from the PathFrame, please visit our website for more details and more.

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