Abstract This chapter reviews and discusses the performance and environmental impacts of wood-plastic composites (WPCs) used in a variety of applications ranging from construction and automotive sectors to consumer goods. Performance is considered in terms of fitness for use, manufacturing methods, material compo- nents of WPCs, and user perceptions of the material. Recent research related to matrix components and their relation to mechanical properties are covered in
Eco Wood are considered as healthy to live with; because wood are natural species that will improve the surrounding air quality in the home; it contain very little or zero VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and it will not cause the decking to "burn" when it is under direct sunlight and strong temperature. Hence home owners with young children preferred to use Eco wood as their decking compare to wood plastic composites which is also quite popular in the industry as
In this article, you will understand the advantages of quality eco wood decking over composite decking. 3) Harmful to Children Health. Drop a cigarette butt onto natural wood deck, at most it will burn a small hole on it. However, if you drop a cigarette onto a composite deck, it will burn the plastic and causing formation of fumes which are toxic and harmful to health. Hence, families with children have to be careful when living with it. 4) If composite decks are installed on a pool deck,
The healthy Building Network (HBN) has produced a “Guide to plastic lumber” that offers guidelines for plastic-lumber purchases based on environmental, public-health, and recycling considerations. Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban arsenic-treated wood in playground equipment and review its safety for use in other consumer items; at the same time, Clean Water Action coordinated a consumer campaign asking and Lowes to stop selling arsenic-treated wood.
For the new layered structured eco wood decking products, it will be important to know what are the adhesive (whether they are safe or not) that were used to make the layer-structured decking products. By understanding the pros and cons of eco wood decking, home owners can therefore appreciate the value eco wood decking more. #3 Wood Composite decking. Wood composite decking is becoming more and more commonplace in modern day decking industry.