Composite lumber, or man-made wood, is a product that is manufactured from shredded wood particles, mixed with special glue and pressed under high temperatures to form a solid panel. Panels can vary in sizes, shapes, color and density. And although these are engineered wood panels they do offer some benefits that natural wood, in spite of all its fame and glory, does not offer.
Basically there are three types of press wood panels. The difference is in density, quality and cost.
These panels, or boards, are made from small particles that are put together using glue. The mixture is then put into a mold. The boards are then produced by applying pressure and high temperatures.
Medium Density Fiber Boards or MDF
These boards are fabricated using a highly refined wood fiber. The wood fiber is then mixed with special glue and then pressed under high temperatures to form the required composite lumber panel.
These are produced the same as the MDF boards only that here the wood is processed to the point that result with individual fibers. This allows for a denser, smoother product.
What Composite Lumber is Used For?
This man-made wood has many uses: Indoor house flooring or outdoor flooring, often used in decks and fences, are some of the most popular applications. But the same material is also used for house and office furniture, closets and cabinets.
Other Benefits of Composite Lumber
1} being made out of recycled wood, it is biodegradable and, therefore, environmentally friendly.
2} wood composite products are sturdy. They are resistant to splitting and cracking and last long.
3} some panels come highly polished with a look that mimics natural wood. The higher the quality manufactured the more difficult to distinguish between that and natural wood.
4} these wood products are relatively inexpensive and, therefore, affordable by most. This is an opportunity for people who cannot otherwise afford the all natural wood – that is way more expensive – to enjoy a great substitute.
5} products used from this, man-made wood are rather versatile; it can easily be shaped and formed into any desired design.
6} being man-made their quality can be controlled. Unlike natural wood that may have imperfections, composite lumber easily produced free of all defects. The quality is, therefore, consistently uniform.
In conclusion, all three types of composite lumber are used from mostly recycled wood that is then shredded. They all share the same qualities and serve the same purpose. The difference is in density which determines the quality and cost. The finer the wood particles, the denser – and more expensive – the end product of this wonderful wood lumber.