There are a number of different types of Poly Lumber material that shoppers might come across in their search for the perfect piece of patio furniture. Here are some of our insights into the most popular materials:
High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is a material used in the construction of all-weather outdoor furniture. It features a natural resistance to water and durability which makes it a popular choice for this application. Notably, HDPE features a smooth, waxy hand-feel with an orange-peel like texture. Some consumers do seem to like this aesthetic, but we feel that a majority are simply not aware of a better option being available. Most poly-furniture items on the market today are made of HDPE.
PolyTEAK is a material that we’ve worked with extensively over the last 14+ years. It features the same characteristics that make HDPE a popular choice in all-weather outdoor furniture (natural water resistance, durability). PolyTEAK can also achieve a texture and appearance much more like real wood, providing additional value to the finished product. Ultimately, our products just look and feel a lot more like real wood than any other poly furniture brand while offering all the same benefits.
WPC, or Wood Plastic Composite, is a composite material consisting of wood fiber and a thermoplastic (PE, PP or PVC most commonly). The combination of wood and plastic brings Pros and Cons associated with both materials to the final product. WPC is commonly used in decking and not often used in the manufacture of outdoor furniture. Due to the composite nature of the material, end-of-life recycling can be difficult with this material.