People’s interest in wood as a material for a house cannot be denied. The uniqueness of the wood color and texture can create a natural and warm atmosphere. However, due to the limited availability of land or forest which is the source or place of wood production, timber is now increasingly scarce and expensive.
Previously, did you know Conwood? Or HPL (High Pressure Laminate)? Both of these materials are innovative materials as a substitute for wood. Although it is not made of natural wood, its texture and color are similar to wood in general. And you don’t need to worry anymore about termite attacks that usually damage wood in general. Let us get to know these innovative materials more closely
Conwood (Concrete Wood)
This wood cutting material is made of 70% cement and 30% cellulose fiber which is environmentally friendly. The two ingredients are made like dough which is then arranged in layers into sheets of various lengths, widths and thicknesses.
Because Conwood is an innovative material as a substitute for wood, because the surface of this material is the same as the texture of wood in general, this material is suitable for application as on the floor or on the walls of your home. You also don’t need to worry anymore about termite attacks which generally damage ordinary wood panels, this material is also weather resistant so it is suitable for application outside the home. Conwood also has fire resistant material.
HPL (High Pressure Laminate)
HPL or High Pressure laminate is one of the materials used for finishing such as furniture products and interior surfaces. HPL has a wide variety of surface shades and colors to use. And the pattern that is most widely used is the wooden pattern.
HPL also has a texture so that it looks the same as wood panels. HPL is a material that is waterproof and relatively inexpensive. The installation process is fairly easy and practical because it is only glued in the multiplex section and then pasted. HPL is also suitable for furniture with a minimalist and modern look
However, unfortunately, if the gluing process of the HPL is not perfect, the HPL layer will often come off. Physically, the HPL is very hard, the level of flexibility is also low so it breaks easily.
Vinyl is a type of floor or wall coating that is relatively inexpensive compared to other coatings. Vinyl is made from a synthetic polymer which is enhanced by pigmentation and added color. Vinyl surfaces are smoother than wood floors. Vinyl is also covered with fabric and foam so that it feels comfortable when you step on it. Vinyl also has various motifs, one of which is a popular wood motif for modern home decor.
Unfortunately this vinyl material has its downside. Vinyl uses PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) material which is able to release VOC (Volatile organic compounds) into the air which can disturb the health of the body for its occupants. And this material can be damaged if exposed to sharp objects or when moving heavy furniture.
In today’s digital printing era, it is possible to print ceramics with an appearance similar to wood. Not only the appearance, but the texture is also similar. This wooden floor can provide a natural and cool atmosphere in your room.
WPC (Wood Plastic Composite) or Composite Wood
WPC is commonly used for WPC or known as composite wood, which is a mixture of plastic and wood. Composite wood is made of 60% wood powder and 40% plastic fibers. This composite wood material is also resistant to weather, so this material is durable.
This composite wood is also often used around swimming pools or gardens. Visually and in texture, this composite wood is similar to normal wood and the price is also relatively cheap than solid wood
Composite wood is also claimed to be an environmentally friendly material, because this material utilizes wood waste such as the result of the crushing and refining process of real wood.
Well, now you don’t have to worry anymore about decorating a house with wooden nuances. Even though the price of wood is increasing and scarce, you can still feel the natural impression and warmth in your room with the alternative materials above. In addition to various styles and textures, this wood replacement material is also cheap.