Decking, which was the leading application for composite lumber in 2010, will experience the most rapid demand advances through 2015. Homeowners will install decks made from these materials instead of traditional natural wood lumber because composite and composite lumber sizes require less annual maintenance and have longer lifespans.
Decks made from these materials may cost more initially but offer long-term savings because they do not require annual staining or insect treatments. Demand for wood-plastic composite lumber in USA is expected to increase by 10.3% from 2008 for the next 5 years, projected to advance to US$5.6 bln in 2013, as per Fredonia. Gains will be driven by continued consumer acceptance of these products as replacements for more traditional materials, such as natural wood.
Wood-plastic composite lumber will increasingly be desired due to its long life span, minimal maintenance requirements, resistance to degradation caused by insect attack and exposure to the elements, and ability to be cut and hewn like natural wood. Moreover, the increasing perception of these materials as environmentally friendly products, due to their incorporation of recycled materials, will promote further demand gains,wood plastic composite lumber sizes.
Demand gains will also be encouraged by the rebound of the residential construction from recent cyclical lows. Rising housing completions will promote demand advances in the new residential construction market, while increasing residential improvement and repair expenditures will lead advances in demand for decking, fencing and landscaping and outdoor products.
Wood-plastic composite lumber products are made of a combination of wood and plastic fibers, usually in a 50:50 ratio. The plastic and wood fibers come from reclaimed or recycled resources, including sawdust and used pallets from woodworking operations, and recycled plastic grocery bags from all over the country,wood plastic composite lumber sizes.