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  • How to better maintain WPC DIY tiles
    Apr 04, 2024
    How to better maintain WPC DIY tiles ?     WPC DIY tiles are a composite floor made of wood powder and plastic particles. They are usually 30cm*30cm in size. Compared with traditional solid wood floors, they are more durable and waterproof. But this does not mean that we can use it casually, any product needs to be cherished. WPC DIY tiles are easily affected by sharp objects and heavy objects such as high heels, sofas and other daily necessities. In some cases, wet weather or pet paws can also pose a threat to WPC DIY tiles. Here are some suggestions to help you better care for your WPC DIY tiles.   Part 1 USE SOME PROPS   Ⅰ Place a welcome mat at the door When we come home from the outdoors, never enter the house with your shoes on. Dirt, gravel, and sand may be hidden in the gaps of the soles, and these hard objects can easily scratch WPC DIY tiles. Placing a mat at the door can effectively prevent this from happening. It will remind everyone who enters the house to change shoes or clean the soles at the door.   Ⅱ Lay carpet under the heavy objects There are often many heavy objects in your house, such as sofas, cabinets, etc. If you accidentally move these heavy objects, it will leave traces on the tiles, which is very distressing. Laying carpet under these heavy objects can effectively reduce scratches and avoid heavy objects from scratching and damaging WPC DIY tiles.   Ⅲ Install protective pads on the bottom of furniture Furniture such as tables and chairs have sharp feet. In daily use, we may move these furniture and accidentally leave marks on the tiles. Foot pads will help prevent damage to the tiles from the base of furniture or other sharp objects. It is recommended to buy a protective pad with glue on one side, which can be directly stuck to the bottom of the furniture without the need to apply glue yourself.   Remember to check the protective pads you install regularly. The protective pad may fall off due to the glue losing its stickiness or the protective pad may be severely worn and lose its protective function.         IV Use rubber wheels instead of plastic wheels We like to use a chair with wheels at the computer desk in the study. Not only do hard plastic wheels not slide as smoothly, they can also cause a lot of damage to the tiles. From now on, remove the plastic casters from your chairs and replace them with rubber wheels.         Part 2 TREAT YOUR WPC DIY TILES GENTLY   Ⅰ Lift instead of drag When moving furniture, please do not drag or push it forcefully. If you are strong enough, lift it up and move it. If you can't do it alone, ask friends or family for help.         Ⅱ Use a small trailer to transport furniture If you feel that it is too strenuous to carry heavy furniture all the time, you can buy a small trailer, lift the furniture onto the small trailer, and then move the small trailer, which can save a lot of effort.         It is worth noting that when buying a small trailer, try to buy a small trailer with rubber wheels and pay attention to its load capacity. The items you need to transport cannot exceed its load capacity.   Ⅲ Trim your pet’s nails The long claws of pets can cause damage to WPC DIY tiles. Cats have the habit of sharpening their claws, and dogs have the habit of digging holes. If there is no special place for them to move around, you need to trim your pet's nails in time.         Part3 HOW TO CLEAN WPC DIY TILES   Ⅰ Do not mop the floor with a mop that is too wet Cleaning tiles with a mop that is too wet can cause excess moisture to seep underneath, making tiles brittle if they are soaked in water for a long time in a humid environment. If you have higher requirements for cleaning, you can purchase a cleaning spray specially designed for floors and wipe the floor with a cloth or dry mop.         Ⅱ Do not use a vacuum cleaner with a hard brush head Please do not use vacuum cleaners with rotating brush heads or hard brush heads on WPC DIY tiles. High-speed rotating brush heads can scratch the floor. It is worth noting that before using the vacuum cleaner, please check the following vacuum cleaner wheels to ensure that there is no dirt or grit hidden in the middle.         If you need more professional content about product parameters and knowledge, please click Contact Us.      
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  • How to calculate the price of WPC decking?
    Mar 06, 2024
    Practical Tips! How to calculate the price of WPC decking?   When buying home decoration and building materials, what do you pay most attention to? Is it the appearance? Yes, who doesn’t want his garden to be beautiful? quality? This is also important, cracks in the ground feel terrible. brand? Well, it sounds reasonable. Products from big brands may be better. But no matter what your preferences are, there is one factor you can never get around: price. (Of course, if your name is on the world's richest list, just pretend I didn't say it) Next, I will tell you the factors that affect the price of wood plastic decking and a simple price calculation method, so that you can be mentally prepared before making a decision.     Ⅰ. What are the factors that affect the price of wood plastic decking? 1. Material quality: The price of wood-plastic decking is directly related to the quality of its materials. Wood-plastic decking is mainly composed of wood powder, plastic particles and various additives. High-quality raw materials are usually more expensive. For example, there is a significant difference between high-quality plastic particles and low-quality plastic particles. High-quality ones tend to have higher strength. and flexibility, not easy to bend, deform and break. The price of plastic particles of different qualities can often vary by hundreds of dollars per ton; the same is true for wood powder and additives. Products of different qualities differ in color, durability, waterproofness and corrosion resistance. , antioxidant properties are very different. (Senlai has close cooperation with raw material factories and insists on using high-quality raw materials.) 2. Weight: The weight of the deck is another important factor that affects the price of the product. Sometimes you will see that the decks are obviously the same style and the same texture, but their prices are different. This is related to the weight of the deck per meter. , the same length and heavier deck requires more materials, so its price will be higher. 3. Brand and Manufacturer: Wood plastic decking from well-known brands and quality manufacturers usually has higher prices. This is because these brands/manufacturers have a higher reputation in the market and usually provide better product quality and after-sales service. The extra money you spend may be reflected in the service.   4. Design and style: Different designs and styles will also have an impact on the price of wood plastic flooring. Some special designs, patterns or textures may increase the cost of producing the flooring, thereby increasing the price. For example, the price of imitation wood-grained decking will be higher than that of straight-grained decking, and the price of co-extruded decking will be higher than that of ordinary conformal decking. White decks will cost more than other deck colors because white paint is the most expensive.   Ⅱ. The wood-plastic deck price calculation method that can be learned in one step The price of wood-plastic decking is usually measured in square meters. If you are using it yourself or as a construction team, you only need to know the area you need, and then multiply the area by the price per square meter. For example, if you have a garden covering an area of 120 square meters and need to deck it, and the price per square meter of decking is US$10, then multiply 120 by 10 to get a price of US$1,200. Isn’t it simple? It is worth noting that laying a deck usually involves losses, so we strongly recommend that you add 8% more when calculating the required area. After all, no one wants to spend extra transportation costs. More is better than less, right?       The next step is to calculate the required accessories. The auxiliary materials of wood plastic decking include keels, edge strips, screws, buckles, etc. The prices of these excipients vary and we cannot be clear here, but we can have a rough estimate of the quantities they require.   See table below.   Per square meter Keel Edge Banding Strip Screws And Buckles Needed per square meter 3 meters Measure according to actual situation 20 sets   From this we can conclude that if you buy a 100-square-meter wood-plastic deck, you will need 300 meters of keel and 2,000 sets of screw buckles. (The edge banding strip needs to be measured based on your actual circumference) Isn't it very simple? So at the end of the article, here is a debut question to test you. Assuming you have a budget of US$2,000, how many square meters of wood-plastic straight grain flooring can you buy? (A joke)   If you have any questions, please click Contact Us to contact the customer service of Senlai New Materials Co., Ltd.
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  • How to choose between hollow WPC deck and solid WPC deck?
    Nov 02, 2023
    How to choose between hollow WPC deck and solid WPC deck?             In our real life, we often face various choices, such as whether to choose a hollow WPC deck or a solid WPC deck. After installation, there is almost no difference in appearance.       Therefore, many customers who choose WPC decking will ask a question, why should I choose hollow decking instead of solid decking (Some people also ask the opposite question)       Overall, their biggest differences are strength and weight and most people are concerned about price. Next, I will go into detail about the core between the two decks and how to choose in different circumstances.         The core differences between the two decks Structure       Hollow WPC flooring has a hollow structure inside the WPC composite material, similar to a hollow tube. They generally have lighter weight and lower density. In contrast, solid WPC floors have no hollow structure and are solid as a whole, with higher density.   Sound insulation       Solid WPC decks absorb the sound of walking or running better than hollow WPC decks.   Durability       In most cases, solid WPC decking is more durable than hollow WPC decking. Solid decks can handle higher weights, and you don’t have to worry about sharp stilettos and falling heavy objects at all. Solid means higher quality, but that doesn’t mean that solid WPC decking is the best choice in every situation.   Price       In terms of price, solid WPC decks are naturally much more expensive. In terms of production, solid decks require far more materials than hollow decks.      Expansion and Contraction       Hollow WPC flooring has lighter weight and good thermal expansion and contraction properties. Due to their hollow structure, they respond more flexibly to temperature changes and are less prone to deformation and cracks. The solid      WPC deck will be even more affected when faced with huge temperature differences. If you live in a country or region with large temperature differences throughout the seasons, we would recommend you choose a hollow deck.   Install       Under the category of installation, it is worth breaking it down into several small points.       1. Difficulty in handling: For a WPC deck of the same length, the hollow deck may be one-third lighter than the solid deck. Therefore, whether you do it yourself or hire a construction team to install it, the transportation cost of hollow WPC decking is much lower.       2. It is easier to lay wires: Many people like to install lights or other electronic devices in their gardens, which will make their yards look cooler. It's much easier to achieve these goals and run wires for speakers or lights using hollow composite board because you can run the wires through the board very easily.         3. Edge strips: Most people don’t want to see the holes at both ends of the hollow deck. This not only worsens the overall appearance of the deck, but also allows many insects and garbage to hide inside. Therefore, the last step in the installation of a hollow WPC deck must be to install edge strips to seal the hole. A solid WPC deck can eliminate this step.         How to choose?       Choosing hollow WPC flooring or solid WPC flooring should be based on the following considerations:             Application Location: First consider where the floor will be used. For light-duty residential interior use, such as bedrooms, living rooms or offices, hollow core WPC flooring may be a suitable choice. For commercial areas, public spaces or high-traffic areas such as shops, restaurants, corridors and public spaces, solid WPC floors are often more suitable due to their greater strength and durability.         Budget Considerations: Budget is one of the important factors in choosing the type of flooring. In general, hollow WPC floors are more economical and affordable than solid WPC floors. If you are looking to get WPC composite flooring within a lower cost range, then hollow core WPC flooring may be a more suitable choice. However, with sufficient budget, solid WPC flooring may offer better quality and performance.         Life Expectancy: It’s also important to consider the life expectancy of your flooring. Solid WPC flooring generally has a longer service life due to its sturdy construction and higher density. If you want your floor to withstand years of use and wear without being easily deformed or damaged, solid WPC flooring may be a more reliable choice.           Environmental Factors: Environmental factors of the flooring also need to be considered. If the floor will be exposed to moisture, moisture, or high temperatures, solid WPC flooring may be more suitable because its denser structure is better able to resist the effects of these environments. Hollow core WPC floors may be more susceptible to moisture or warping in these conditions.   Summarize       Although the overall quality of solid decks is stronger than hollow decks, this does not mean that there is a problem with the quality of hollow decks. The interior of a hollow deck is usually made of arches, making it very strong. You never have to worry about whether you can accommodate heavy furniture. You can place tables, chairs, and a barbecue grill in your garden. Even if you encounter a severe snowstorm, you don’t have to worry. You can sit by the heater in the living room and watch the snow outside the window. The deck can fully support the weight of the snow.       In fact, hollow WPC decks are more popular with ordinary households in the market, and their material costs, transportation costs, and installation costs are much lower than solid decks. In any case, it is unrealistic to talk about issues without price.         Each of SENLAI's WPC deck products has excellent strength and cost-effectiveness. Therefore, if you are looking for the best solution for garden decoration, you can click on our product interface to select, or contact us, and we will give you the most professional answer.  
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  • Will WPC decking expand and contract?
    Oct 19, 2023
    Will WPC decking expand and contract ?             WPC decking will expand and contract, not as much as regular wood, but it still happens.       Composite decks are usually made from a mixture of wood powder, plastic particles and other additives. Due to the high plastic content (about 30%), they will respond to changes in temperature and have different coefficients of thermal expansion and contraction. When temperatures rise, composite decking expands, and when temperatures drop, they shrink. Although composite decks expand and contract relatively little, they may experience some degree of thermal expansion and contraction during extreme temperature changes or exposure to sunlight.         What affects the expansion and contraction of WPC decking?             1. Temperature changes: Thermal expansion and contraction of composite decks are mainly caused by temperature changes. The material expands when the temperature increases and contracts when the temperature decreases. If you live in a country or region with a large temperature difference between day and night, please be sure to pay attention to this.             2. Choice of deck color: The choice of different colors will also have different effects on the expansion rate of the deck. This involves a very basic physics knowledge. The darker the object, the more heat it absorbs. The same is true for outdoor decks. If you live in an area where the sun shines a lot, but you really like a dark deck, you have to consider it. For example, install some sunshade items on the deck, such as pergolas, parasols, etc. . Of course, there are other ways to prevent thermal expansion and contraction, which we will answer in detail below.             3. Water accumulation: No matter what material it is, it will change if it is soaked in water for a long time, and the same is true for WPC decks.         Scientific installation is the most important method to slow down the expansion and contraction of WPC decking             Although expansion and contraction are inevitable, there are ways to reduce its deformation.       Installation is a crucial part of the entire WPC deck use process. It can be said that about 60% of the problems that occur in the later use of WPC decks are caused by irregular installation methods (such as deformation, warping, cracking, etc.).       Like common building facades in real life, they are composed of different materials, such as bricks, stone or metal sheets. These materials have different thermal expansion and contraction coefficients under temperature changes, so design and construction measures need to be taken to deal with this difference. For example, stresses and deformations in exterior wall materials caused by temperature changes can be reduced through the use of expansion joints, suitable connecting and fastening systems, and suitable thermal insulation materials.       The same is true for our WPC decks. During the installation process, gaps need to be left. These gaps are usually left when installing screws or clamps to allow a certain amount of movement space. Additionally, specially designed telescoping materials can be used to fill gaps to protect the deck and provide better weather resistance. If it is not standardized, it will cause damage to the deck itself:       1. Deformation and warping: Without enough space for expansion, composite decking may deform and warp when thermally expanded, resulting in uneven surfaces and structural problems.       2. Cracks: If the composite deck is restricted and cannot expand and contract freely when the temperature changes, it may cause cracks on the surface, affecting the appearance and service life.       As for how big a gap needs to be left, we can give a rough range:   Outdoor Temperature Gap Width Below 4℃ 6mm Between 4℃-25℃ 3mm Above 26℃ 1mm     SENLAI’s WPC products have been proven to expand and contract less than other composite materials         Compared with other products, SENLAI has smaller fluctuations, mainly for two reasons:       1. SENLAI can customize the length and size of the deck according to your needs, whether it is 3 meters or 4.8 meters in length, it can be cut. This not only makes storage and installation more flexible and convenient, but also allows it to handle any climate with less fluctuation. On the premise of ensuring quality, reducing the length of a single deck can reduce the degree of deck changes.         2. SENLAI can adjust the formula ratio of raw materials according to the differences in climate in various countries and regions. When exposed to direct sunlight and extreme low temperatures, a larger plastic ratio will lead to greater expansion and contraction. Adjusting the recipe ratios of raw materials before starting can largely prevent this from happening. You can tell our staff the country and region you are in, and we will provide a customized solution after analyzing the local climate environment.
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  • Why is WPC decking more expensive than wood?
    Oct 09, 2023
    Why is WPC decking more expensive than wood?             It is difficult to draw a conclusion on whether WPC decking or wood decking is better. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some people like the environmental friendliness and durability of WPC decking, but others prefer the authentic feel of wood decking. There is no better one, only the one that suits you better.       But what is certain is that the price of WPC decking is higher than that of ordinary wood decking. Generally speaking, the price of WPC decking is more than 2 times the price of ordinary wood.         Raw materials are the biggest difference       The main reason why WPC decks are more expensive is that the raw materials required are more complex. WPC decks are composed of plastic particles, wood powder and additives. The process from recycling to processing of these raw materials is long and complex, and these costs are far greater than the cost of felling the wood. This is especially true in some countries and regions with rich timber resources.   The difference between production processes       The manufacturing process of WPC deck requires the use of advanced technology and equipment, including a series of processes such as granulation, extrusion, and polishing. Simply put, it involves gluing layers of materials together, applying thin layers of wood, texturing and decorative treatments, etc. The application of these processes and technologies increases manufacturing costs and also results in higher prices for composite flooring.       Relatively speaking, the production process of ordinary wooden floors is much simpler.         Consideration of later maintenance costs       Usually when buying a car, we should not only consider the cost of purchase at the time, but also need to consider the cost of subsequent repairs and maintenance. For example, a BMW car that is more than 10 years old may cost only a few thousand dollars, but it may have problems after you buy it home, and the cost of one repair may have exceeded the original price of the car.       The same goes for our outdoor decking, when comparing wood to WPC decking, pricing based solely on what it is today is unreasonable. Ordinary wood faces maintenance problems. Ordinary outdoor wood decks require repainting and surface layer protection.       Take repainting as an example. Assume that a wooden outdoor deck needs to be used for 15 years. A 4-liter bucket of deck paint costs about $90. Assuming that the paint is repainted once a year, and each repaint consumes 2 liters of paint, then the outdoor deck needs to be replaced. It previously cost about $675 to maintain, not including surface coating and time costs.       WPC decks don’t have this problem. You don’t have to spend time and money to maintain it. After this calculation, does the price difference in the initial purchase seem insignificant?         Durability considerations       WPC outdoor decks are waterproof, sun-proof, and anti-corrosion. Their service life can usually reach more than 15 years, while wooden decks usually do not last 15 years. In fact, if you take good care of it, it can reach more than 10 years. alright.       Buying and installing it again is a considerable expense, and I believe no one wants to see their garden deck needing to be demolished and rebuilt.   Better user experience       Taking the car example again, no one walks into their local car dealership expecting to buy a brand new Porsche 911 sports car for a few thousand dollars. Such luxury cars are more expensive because they have higher value, better performance, and can give you a better driving experience.       Same goes for WPC decking, our SENLAI WPC decking uses the latest composite building material technology and is therefore more expensive than wood. WPC was born to bring people a better outdoor deck experience.
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  • Will critters damage WPC decks?
    Sep 22, 2023
    Will critters damage WPC decks?             Our WPC decking is often used in outdoor gardens. In addition to the wind and sun, there is also a threat that is easily overlooked, and that is the small animals from the jungle. Next, imagine two scenarios. 1. On a cool morning, you want to take a walk in the garden, but you find an inexplicable amount of feces and claw marks of different lengths on the deck, so you have to clean it. 2. On a sunny afternoon, you are sitting on a chair on the deck, and suddenly a small furry animal jumps out and darts away from your feet, scaring you so much that you scream. Soft and furry doesn't always mean cute, and that's something to be aware of when it comes to that WPC decking or even garden you've put a lot of effort into creating. So, to sum up, we conclude that critters can ruin your outdoor decking, even though they look cute and funny. In the eyes of animals, there is no issue of garden ownership. Everything is a gift from nature. We can neither watch our carefully crafted decks being destroyed, nor can we be too cruel to these little guys. So, how do we protect our gardens?   Animals on deck   What harm can small animals do to your floors? Some people may think that little animals are so cute, what can they do wrong? So, first we need to figure out what kind of damage these little guys will cause to our WPC decking.  Scratching: Animals such as feral cats, wild dogs or small mammals may scratch outdoor flooring surfaces, especially if the flooring material is soft or easily damaged. Their claws can cause scratches, peeling, or cracking.  Gnaw: The teeth of many rodents grow indefinitely, and they need to constantly chew on everything in sight to prevent their teeth from growing too long and affecting their ability to eat.  Digging: Some animals, such as rodents, rabbits, or birds, may try to burrow under outdoor floors or chew on flooring materials. This can cause flooring materials to loosen, break, or deform.  Excrement: Animal waste, such as urine or feces, on outdoor floors can cause corrosion, discoloration or odor issues on flooring materials. Certain fecal matter may also cause the growth of bacteria or mold.  Activity stress: Large animals, such as wild deer or cattle, can exert significant activity pressure, causing indentations, cracks, or deformations in some types of flooring.  Nesting: Some animals that hibernate in their habits like to hide or burrow under your deck, porch, or shed due to colder weather or the need for nesting in the spring.     Mouse's nest     Classification of threat levels       First, we need to classify their threat to decking into a level so that you can better respond when facing them.         CLASS ANIMALS HAZARD TYPE S Raccoons, opossums, prairie dogs, skunks, mice, chipmunks, otters, mice and other rodents Scratching, gnawing, digging, excrement, nest building A Wild deer, cow, bear Activity stress, scratching, excrement B Wild cats, wild dogs, hares Gnaw,excrement,scratching C Snake Nesting,excrement D Birds excrement         Raccoons, skunks, and most rodents:       We classify raccoons, skunks and most rodents as Level S, which is the level that poses the greatest threat to WPC decking.       If rodents like raccoons, skunks, and prairie dogs find their way into your garden, you may want to be wary. Not only do you have to pay attention to controlling the volume of your screams when encountering them, but you also have to beware of them completely destroying your WPC decking. They can cause up to 6 types of damage to the decking.       Small rodents will crawl on the decking and find a crack in your decking, open an opening, and build a nest underneath the decking. They destroy the foundation, leave droppings everywhere, and due to their ever-growing teeth, they must constantly chew on anything in sight, including your decking.   Wild Deer, Cows and Bears:       Five different species of deer live in North America. These include white-tailed deer, mule deer, caribou, elk and moose. Among them, the smallest of them, the white-tailed deer, can reach 300 pounds, while the largest, the moose, can reach an astonishing 1,600 pounds. The most common cattle can also reach over 2,000 pounds. The weight of these behemoths is concentrated on 4 small hooves. Just imagine how much pressure they will put on your decking when they move their bodies and take a leisurely walk on your WPC decking. If the wild deer happens to see itself in the glass door again and is frightened, it may be a disaster for your decking.         The same is true for bears. Not only are bears heavier, but they are also more destructive to decking. Their sharp claws can easily leave a mark on your decking. This seems to tell you, "The bears are here to visit."     Deers       Wild cats, wild dogs, hares:       These small mammals are the most common visitors to gardens, and they live in areas that overlap with humans. The smaller size of cats, dogs and hares means they can look for damage in the decking and amplify it.         They scratch and chew the decking and give birth to a litter of pups in a suitable location.         Snakes:         Snakes have the habit of hibernating, and they will look for a suitable place to take shelter from the cold as winter approaches. Their shape allows them to easily burrow under your WPC decking and lay eggs underneath.         Birds:       Birds are the animals that may pose the least threat to your decking among all common animals. They usually have degenerated bladders and large intestines, so they have no ability to control bowel movements and will leave excrement on your deck at any time. But other than that, birds will hardly cause any harm to your decking, so don’t worry too much.           Note: The above ranking only refers to the threats to your decking caused by small animals, and does not include threats to humans and other personal belongings.   How to keep animals off your floors? 1. Clean up plants and garbage promptly:       The biggest thing that attracts critters to your yard is an abundance of wildly growing plants. Once these critters discover these plants, especially near decks, they will swarm them.       These natural plants not only provide food for herbivores, but also provide shelter for all animals, and the remaining plant remains also provide nesting materials for some animals.       Therefore, timely lawn construction has become an essential behavior. The turf needs to be mowed when it reaches a height of 3 inches, which is high enough to provide a food source for many small animals and insects. Once insects become prevalent, they will attract more insect-eating carnivores to your garden and decking.       Don’t forget to dispose of lawn clippings, leaves and branches, and dispose of them together to prevent them from being used as nesting materials by small animals.       For those who enjoy decking and grilling, be aware of food and drink residue left on the deck. Leftover human food is a favorite of raccoons, cats, dogs and even bears. After the party is over, remember to clean up the deck, put all food remains into garbage bags and put them in the trash can with the lid closed, and also wipe up any soups and drinks on the deck, as necessary Please refer to our article "Clean the difference between WPC embossed decking and WPC straight decking." to solve the problem.   2. Set up barriers and repair loopholes:       Installing a fence is one of the most common ways to effectively keep animals out. Choose a fence of the appropriate height to prevent small animals from jumping over or crawling through.       Check yard boundaries and decking joints for possible entry points such as cracks, gaps, and open doors and windows. Seal and repair them to ensure there is not enough space for critters to enter.   3. Use sound and motion sensing devices:     Small animals are sensitive to sudden sounds and motion. Set up some sound devices in the yard, such as sprinklers, bells or speakers, which are triggered when small animals approach, creating noise or movement to make them feel uneasy and move away.   4. Use natural repellents:       Certain natural gases can drive away some small animals, such as certain plants, herbs and flowers that can repel wild cats; for example, the smells emitted by plants such as basil, thyme, mint and mosquito repellent have a certain deterrent effect on wild cats; peppermint oil, Chili powder, camphor flakes, and lemon peel will repel rodents.       Spray these products on areas where small animals may pass or stay, and they often don't like the smell.   5. Set up a humane trap       Special traps can be set for some small animals, such as rodents and wild cats. What is noteworthy about this method is purchasing reliable and professional equipment and ensuring your own safety. After all, a small animal trapped in a cage will fight to the death, regardless of whether you have any intention of harming it.       Place the trap in an area where rodents are most active, but make sure it is out of direct sunlight as trapped pests may die from dehydration or heat stress.       Please be aware that when dealing with animals, respect and consider the welfare of the animals. Avoid using abusive, cruel or inhumane methods to solve problems and instead seek to humanely resolve situations where animals get under floors.       Trap   6. Seek professional help:       If you still don’t know what to do or are very worried after reading this, you may wish to seek expert help.       The best way to deal with unwanted visitors is to seek professional animal control services. They will have the experience and professional equipment to safely remove animals and nests. They can also provide advice and measures to prevent other animals from establishing nests again.         By the way, our co-extruded decking is more durable and resistant to gnawing and scratching by small animals.
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  • Can WPC decking be scratch-resistant?
    Sep 13, 2023
    Can WPC decking be scratch-resistant?   To be honest, WPC decking are not 100% scratch-proof. Even between different types of WPC decking, their scratch resistance can vary. What? As a WPC decking manufacturer, I thought you would tell me that WPC decking is scratch-resistant. Unfortunately, although WPC decking has hundreds of advantages, I can't lie to you in this regard. Although I really hope that everyone can buy my products, I hope that you can have a perfect yard even more. WPC decking is a type of artificial decking. Although it is better than some wooden decking in terms of anti-scratch performance and can withstand large amounts of foot traffic and extreme weather, it is made of recycled plastic and wood powder after all. instead of metal. But some necessary measures and techniques can try to avoid damage to the decking.     Which WPC decking is more scratch-resistant?   WPC decking is mainly divided into two categories: traditional composite decking (first-generation decking) and co-extruded decking (second-generation decking). The main difference between them is that co-extruded decking has a surface coating that has added antioxidants and stabilizers to firmly protect the internal structure and is more scratch-resistant, even if it is Even if it is scratched by sharp objects, it will not leave any big marks.     How to avoid scratching as much as possible?   1. Choose the right furniture   Proper furniture selection can prevent scratches from occurring in the first place. Lighter furniture or larger base areas can effectively reduce pressure and prevent the furniture from directly scratching the decking. Of course, it would be great if you could thoughtfully put foot pads under each table and chair or lay carpets under them. This not only makes your decking more beautiful, but also protects your decking better. (Remember to check the mats regularly to make sure they are not worn or have sharp objects. If they are worn or damaged, replace or repair them in time)       2. Avoid pulling heavy objects   Avoid dragging heavy objects on the decking, whether they are furniture, boxes or large toys, even if they have pads on the bottom.   3. Clean the decking promptly   Some people may ask, will the cleanliness of the decking affect its anti-scratch ability? The answer is yes. Cleanness and dirt will not directly affect the anti-scratch ability. However, if the decking is not cleaned in time, gravel and small stones may remain on the WPC decking surface. Once they are stepped on in the future, they may cause scratches on the decking surface mark.   4. Be careful with high heels   High heels, especially stilettos, can cause damage to all kinds of decking. High heels concentrate all the weight of a person's body on two small points, which greatly increases the pressure. Try not to do this even if you are slim. The sharp heels of high heels may leave scratches on the decking, and certain decking materials, such as soft plastic decking or thin wooden decking, may be damaged by perforations from the sharp parts of high heels.   High heels on the deck   5. Pets   Pets are part of our family and we love seeing them running and playing happily on the decking. However, it is worth noting that certain habits of small animals can also pose some threats to the decking. Cats like to sharpen their claws and dogs need to grind their teeth. If they use the decking as their own tool, they will leave some marks on the decking. We can’t stop their nature, but we can guide them to find tools that suit them, such as preparing scratching posts and teething sticks in advance. As long as they are satisfied elsewhere, they will no longer think about WPC decking. By the way, remember to seal the edges of the decking with edge strips, because large gaps will arouse the curiosity of small animals, and they can't help but want to find out.   cat on deck   To decide which deck is better for your garden, check out our product interface and contact us to determine which deck is best for you.
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  • Are termites a threat to WPC floors?
    Sep 08, 2023
    Are termites a threat to WPC decking?      Termites are one of the most annoying critters in every home, and they are natural enemies of wood and all wooden products. Thinking of termites slowly eating away at the house or floor you spent so much time and money building can be painful. It takes a huge price to completely eradicate termites, so we might as well find out whether the materials we are going to use can resist termites before we start construction.      So, can WPC decking completely resist the threat of termites? The answer is controversial. Under normal circumstances, termites will not eat WPC decking. Because WPC decking is a man-made material, it is a composite material made of wood fiber and plastic plus various additives. Compared with traditional wood and wood products, WPC decking is much less attractive to termites. However, in some areas where termites are heavily infested, this situation is still unavoidable. Before diving into this issue, we first need to understand our enemy.   Decking eaten by termites   What are termites?      Termites are a group of detritophagous eusocial insects which consume a wide variety of decaying plant material, generally in the form of wood, leaf litter, and soil humus. Some species of termites make their homes in soil, while others prefer to build nests in dry wood (such as the walls of a house) or damp wood (such as rotting logs).      Termites usually live in tropical and subtropical regions where they like warmth and humidity. At this time, maybe you will be glad that I am Canadian, and my country is located in a cold area, which can keep me away from these nasty little things. But unfortunately, except for Alaska, there are reports of termites found in other parts of the world, but there are fewer termite species in temperate and cold regions, and the diversity of termites in tropical and subtropical regions is much higher.      Termites are a global problem. Whether you live in frigid Scandinavia or scorching Amazon rainforest, you can't avoid dealing with these little guys. But don't be too scared, termites usually don't attack humans, they are only interested in your furniture, house and floors.   Termites   Will termites eat WPC decking?      So, will termites eat the WPC floor? The answer is controversial. WPC flooring is made of wood fiber, plastic and some additives. During its production process, after many times of high temperature and fusion, the finished product no longer has some wood properties, and the plastic and additives are not there. The diet of termites is heavy, so WPC flooring is not attractive to termites. However, this situation is still unavoidable in some areas where termites are severely infested (such as Southeast Asia and Africa).        Although this situation is difficult to control, we still summarize some factors that will affect termite erosion of WPC flooring and how to change them based on customer feedback and research:      1、The termite erosion of wood-plastic floor also depends on the specific structure and material of the floor.             If the wood fiber component of the wood-plastic floor is subject to termite food preferences, termites may eat and attack these parts. Termites are a group of picky pests, and they are very picky about the choice of wood. I don't like hard wood such as mahogany, iron wood, red toon, sassafras, black grid, and jujube, but I like soft wood such as masson pine, sweetgum, willow, and poplar. Therefore, if you are more worried about termites, you also need to ask about its composition before buying WPC decking.      2. Damage to the floor structure or wrong installation methods can also lead to termite erosion.        If the structure of a laminate floor is damaged or defective, there is still a chance that termites can attack its interior. For example, if the edges of the floor are not sealed properly or if there are cracks, termites may enter the interior of the floor through these entry points and begin to attack the wood material. In addition, the wrong installation method will greatly increase the probability of termite erosion. Before laying wooden floors, you need to lay keels on the floor. If the WPC floor is in direct contact with the soil, it may attract underground termites, causing damage to nearby structures. In case of damage, before laying the floor, it is necessary to make an overhead layer. Some families often ignore this step for convenience or cost savings. Solid WPC keel or steel structure keel can effectively alleviate this problem.    Lay the keel before laying the floor   How to judge whether your WPC decking has been corroded by termites?      Due to their annoying habits, termites like to build their nests on the floor or inside of furniture, and then eat from the inside to the outside. So, it's usually hard to tell until the floor is completely destroyed. By the time you can find out, it's too late, and most of your floors have been destroyed by termites.      But we are not helpless, the following measures can help you find out whether the WPC floor has been corroded by termites as soon as possible:        Visual Inspection: Carefully inspect the surface of the WPC floor, looking for any visible cracks, dents, scuffs or other damage. Pay special attention to the edges and joints of the floor, as these areas are more susceptible to damage.           Floors damaged by termites            Thumb Test: Gently press your thumb against the floor surface to check for signs of looseness, bending, or lack of elasticity. Under normal circumstances, the WPC floor should be stable and have no obvious deformation.      Touch check: Run your hands lightly over the floor surface to check for any dents, bumps or unevenness. This could be a sign of damage to the material underneath the floor.      Check floor edges: Check floor edges and joints for nicks, cracks, or looseness. These areas are potential entry points for termites to enter the interior of the floor.      Watch out for odors: If you smell an unusual odor around your floors, it could be a sign of termites or other pests. Termites often emit a distinctive smell, so it is also important to pay attention to changes in the sense of smell.      Pay attention to the sound: nests dug by termites can cause hollow sounds. If you think you might have a termite infestation, you can usually listen for these cavities by tapping the floor with a screwdriver. Floors damaged by termites will squeak or creak due to loose planks moving between or subfloors and supports often being compromised.      Look for other signs: In addition to signs of immediate damage, keep an eye out for termite tunnels, droppings, or other signs. These signs may indicate that termites have entered the area in or near the floor.    What to do if termites are already invading your WPC decking?      What to do if, unfortunately, you didn't read this article sooner, after reading the above methods, you find that you already have signs of termite infestation in your floor. Don't worry too much, there is still a chance to save everything.           Once you determine that termites may be present, you must call a pest control professional as soon as possible. This will help prevent further damage to your home.      
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  • What's The Fire-Resistance Rating of WPC Decking
    Aug 30, 2023
    What's The Fire-Resistance Rating of WPC Decking             Fireproof materials play a vital role in modern buildings. With the rapid development of urbanization and the increase of buildings, fire safety has become the primary task of protecting people's lives and property safety. In this context, it is particularly important to select and use effective building fireproof materials. Therefore, we hope that all customers who want to buy WPC decking or have already purchased WPC decking can understand what the fire rating is and the fire rating of our products.       In the following, we will introduce in detail what are the internationally accepted fire protection ratings, and whether WPC decking can meet your fire protection requirements.       What's the fire-resistance rating classfication system?   The fire-resistance rating classification system is a standardized system used to evaluate the fire resistance performance of building materials and assemblies. It determines the ability of materials and assemblies to withstand fire exposure and retain their structural integrity during a specified period. Materials and products can be classified into seven different Euroclasses according to how they react in fire The higher the letter, the better the fire performance. The following table can clearly see how different grades of fireproofing materials perform.   Classification Definition Description A1 Non-Combustibility No contribution to fire A2 Limited Combustibility Very limited contribution to fire B Combustible Limited contribution to fire C Minor contribution to fire D Medium contribution to fire E High contribution to fire F Easily flammable           Additionally, an "S" rating may exist in some countries' fire rating systems. This "S" rating usually means "Smoke". The "S" in the fire rating indicates the smoke production and toxicity of the material or structure in the event of a fire.      Smoke is one of the most dangerous elements in a fire, threatening the lives of people and possibly causing smoke poisoning. Therefore, in some fire rating systems, in addition to considering the fire resistance of materials and structures, the smoke generated by their combustion is also evaluated and classified.   Classification Description S1 low opacity and produces little smoke S2 Medium opacity and produces smoke S3 High opacity and produces a lot of smoke       The fire rating of our WPC decking is Class B       The fire rating of our wood-plastic flooring complies with the industry norms for wood composite products, which belongs to Class B. Class B fire rating means our WPC flooring has excellent flame retardant effect. It is nearly impossible to ignite.       Since we want to keep the beautiful appearance of the floor as much as possible and simulate the texture of real wood, the material contains wood powder and plastic, so it is almost impossible to achieve the A-class flame retardant rating. But don't worry, this still complies with current fire codes.   FIRE RATING TEST     How to Put Out a Floor Fire       We all know that outdoor campfires and barbecues are one of everyone's favorite gathering activities. The WPC floor is usually used in outdoor gardens or swimming pools, and becomes neighbors with various plants.       Although the WPC floor is difficult to ignite, we must also pay attention to safety when the surrounding is full of flammable materials. What if, unfortunately, during an outdoor barbecue, something is set on fire on the floor?       1.Call the fire department       In any case, calling the local fire alarm is the safest option. Once you feel that the situation is out of control, please call the local fire alarm immediately;       2. Stop adding fuel to the fire       If something on the floor is set on fire, make up your mind to stop the event and evacuate the crowd immediately. After all, nothing is more important than life safety. Under the condition of ensuring safety, transfer nearby oil, charcoal and other flammable items away from the fire source;       3. Extinguish controllable fire sources       Since the WPC floor has a certain fire resistance, in the absence of flammable materials, it is difficult for the fire source to spread quickly on the floor. If the fire is small and your safety is not threatened, you can try to put out the flames yourself. Using a certified fire extinguisher is the best option, if not available a bucket of water or a garden hose can be used. If you choose to use a hose, set the nozzle to the shower or spray setting, as a direct shot of water can create sparks. When dousing a fire with water, remember to keep a certain distance from the flames. The heat from the fire can turn the water into scalding hot steam that can burn you or others nearby       4. Bury fire source       Do not let your guard down immediately after the fire is extinguished, you also need to grab a shovel and scoop up the dirt in the yard, aim at the spot that just burned, and bury the ash and embers. If you see any steam or hear any hot spots, you Feel free to add more water to quench it completely. Tip: Doing this will prevent a resurgence and don't worry about staining the floor, WPC floors are very easy to clean.      
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  • How To Choose The Right WPC Decking Color?
    Aug 24, 2023
    How To Choose The Right WPC Decking Color?     Choosing the right color for a WPC decking depends on various factors such as personal preference, the overall aesthetics of the space, and the atmosphere you want to create, so there is no one fixed answer. Before you make your decision, here are some tips to help you choose the right color for your WPC decking.     Geographic location of the WPC decking installation area     If you live in a temperate, wooded area, such as Singapore and New Zealand, choose a light coffee or light gray is the best, so that your patio deck will perfectly match the surrounding environment, can achieve a better decorative effect.         WPC decking can get hot when exposed to the sun for a long time, if you live in a tropical area or if you want to lay WPC decking in an area that is exposed to direct sunlight throughout the day. In this case, you can choose to install a light-colored WPC decking, such as teak, white or light gray, because the light-colored deck is much less heat absorption than the dark deck, which can make you comfortable barefoot walking on the deck.         If the place where the WPC decking is installed is located in the northwest countries, such as Finland, Norway, Switzerland and Russia, the northwest region has short sunshine time, weak heat absorption ability, dark coffee and red brown such warm colors are the best choice, when you drink coffee or walk on the red brown plastic wood deck, you will feel warm.     Consider how the decking color matches the surrounding colors     When you decide to install WPC decking, the color choice becomes the most important thing, the right WPC decking color can complement the surrounding environment. First of all, you have to consider the color of the house, we recommend a little contrast between the WPC decking and the color of the house. If your house has a bright exterior color or a modern architectural style, you can use gray plastic wood decking. If your home is white, all colors of plastic wood decking will match it perfectly. If you live in the countryside or have an unpainted exterior, we recommend using brown or reddison-brown plastic wood decks to create a natural space with a more traditional ambience.         Transition between indoor and outdoor     When we move from one space to another, the visual transition is also very important, so you can choose a WPC decking color that is close to the color of the indoor floor, so that you can maintain the visual coherence of the indoor and outdoor space, creating a more harmonious appearance.         Maintenance cost     Keep in mind that light-colored decks stain easily and are more prone to scuffs and scratches than darker decks. If you expect heavy pedestrian traffic, or if you have young children or pets, you may want to choose a color that is more forgiving of these imperfections.For example, black or dark brown, dark WPC decking is easier to clean and maintain.     Sample acquisition     We have services that provide samples of WPC decking, get samples of the colors you are considering and place them where you want to install the decking, and observe how those colors will look in different lighting conditions and next to your existing architectural decor.     Remember that ultimately, the choice of color for your WPC decking is subjective and personal. Consider your preferences, the overall design aesthetic, and the functionality of the space to make the best decision for your needs.
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  • Clean the difference between WPC embossed decking and WPC straight decking
    Aug 18, 2023
    Clean the difference between WPC embossed decking and WPC straight decking     WPC decking is currently one of the most popular floors in the building materials market, compared to wood flooring that requires regular care and maintenance. WPC decking require almost no regular maintenance, sealing and painting, and only need regular cleaning to maintain a beautiful appearance. In fact, in order to achieve a better cleaning effect, you can use targeted methods to clean different styles of WPC decking. Here are the different ways to clean WPC embossed decking and WPC straight decking to ensure that your WPC decking is restored to its previous bright state.     WPC embossed decking     WPC embossed decking using advanced 3D wood surface embossed technology, surface wood texture and natural wood feeling is its characteristic, so the floor surface of the small scratches more affect the appearance of plastic wood embossed decking, to remove these scratches, you can use a small wire brush or sandpaper. When the WPC decking is installed in the larger terrace, there may be a lot of dirt to remove and clean, take the conventional method of cleaning can be cleaned, that is, scrub with mild detergent and water. For dirt that is difficult to remove, you need to use a soft brush to clean it.         WPC straight decking     Compared with the WPC decking, the surface of the WPC straight decking has a lot of groove design, organic residues such as leaves, seeds, pollen can easily silt or block the grooves on the surface of the deck, and over a long time these organic substances will rot and dirty the deck, so we recommend that you use a high pressure water gun to wash the dirt in the grooves. These organic matter can also breed mold, must pay attention to clean up, you can use soapy water and soft brush to clean, which can ensure that the cracks and corners of the platform are not forgotten.         For the cleaning of the WPC embossed decking and the WPC straight decking, it is necessary to pay attention to thoroughly wash the decking with warm water afterwards. Soaps and cleaners will leave a film on the WPC decking, which may damage the decking over time.     All in all, it is very simple to clean the board of WPC decking. As long as it is cleaned regularly, your WPC decking will look good and last longer.
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  • Why is the WPC decking an ideal choice for swimming pools?
    Aug 09, 2023
    Why is the WPC decking an ideal choice for swimming pools?     When installing the swimming pool deck, many factors are often considered, such as the cost of floor material, the cost of later maintenance and damaged maintenance. Compared with stone and wood, plastic wood decking is more practical and decorative. Here are the reasons why you should consider using WPC decking around the pool:     WPC decking is waterproof     WPC decking is a new type of environmentally-friendly plastic-wood composite product. In production, the wood phenol produced in the process of high-density fiberboard is added with recycled plastics to make wood-plastic composite material, and then extruded to make WPC decking. Plastic polymers cover the fibers by preventing them from absorbing water. The composite deck has low water absorption and strong corrosion resistance, which is very suitable for installation in wet areas.         WPC decking is non-slip     Compared with other flooring materials, plastic wood decking pays more attention to anti-skid performance. The surface of the WPC decking is made of wood texture and groove texture, which has a strong grip. Even if you walk barefoot on the plastic wood deck, the surface of the deck can also prevent slipping. It is the perfect swimming pool decoration to meet your requirements of safety, beauty and durability.         WPC joist foundation has drainage performance     Whether it is an indoor swimming pool or an outdoor swimming pool, it is in a humid environment all the year round. Therefore, the choice of joists is also very important. Traditional wooden keel will rot quickly in a humid environment for a long time, so we recommend using WPC joist, which has strong waterproof and anti-corrosion performance as the material performance of plastic wood decking. When there is water in the WPC decking, excess water will flow out from the gap between the joists. The WPC decking is durable and has strong bearing capacity, which provides a perfect foundation for the WPC decking of swimming pool.        
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