WPC Wall Cladding vs Wood, Which is Better?

Wood-plastic composites (WPC) have gained popularity in recent years due to their durability, maintenance advantages, and versatile application potential. They are commonly used in various products, including decking, railing, and wall cladding. WPC offers greater durability and weather resistance than natural wood. Unlike wood, WPC is impervious to water, snow, and heat. While WPC combines the characteristics of wood, it possesses the workability of plastic(PVC or PE). While wood requires skilled carpentry for a refined finish, WPC is simpler to work with.


Typically, wooden wall panels are less expensive than WPC wall panels. But over time, they may require more frequent replacement and maintenance, resulting in higher overall costs. And WPC wall panels may cost more upfront, but they last longer and require less maintenance, reducing overall costs in the long run.


PVC is known for its durability and strength, making it a popular choice for construction materials like pipes and wall panels. And PE has a lower melting point and may not be as durable as PVC panels in high-traffic areas. Wooden wall panels are susceptible to cracking, and rotting over time, especially when exposed to moisture.


Wooden wall panels are made of flammable material and can pose a fire hazard if not treated with fire-resistant chemicals. And our WPC wall panel is made from wood fiber and plastic and is considered safer than wooden wall panels in terms of fire hazards.


PEwall panels have a significant drawback, which is their weight. The high weight of PE wall panels makes them inconvenient for transportation and installation. In contrast, PVC-based wall panels are lightweight and can be seamlessly processed using small screws when installed.

Environmental Protection

The use of wooden wall panels is not environmentally friendly as it requires the use of more trees. However, our WPC wall panels, which are made from recycled plastic, have made a significant contribution to protecting the environment.


MATECO's WPC wall panel is designed to mimic the look and feel of natural wood. Our products feature natural wood grain textures and random patterns, creating a realistic wood-like surface.

The Differences Between Natural Wood And PE-based WPC

And PVC-based WPC Wall Cladding

Let's delve into the key differences between natural wood, PE-based WPC, and PVC-based WPC when it comes to wall cladding:

1. Durability & Maintenance:

Natural Wood: Susceptible to rot, insect damage, and UV degradation. Requires regular maintenance such as sealing, staining, or painting.

PVC-based WPC material: Even more resilient than PE-based WPC

2. Installation & Flexibility:

Natural Wood: Can be harder to install due to variations in plank dimensions and potential for warping.

PVC-based WPC material: Easier to install with uniform dimensions. Somewhat flexible, making it suitable for various designs.

3. Aesthetics:

Natural Wood: Provides a natural and classic aesthetic that's hard to replicate.

PVC-based WPC material: Comes in various colors and might mimic the look of natural woodMATECO WPC wood panels have natural and rich wood grain textures, and post-processing techniques like sanding, co-extrusion and embossing can create a more wood-like feeling.

4. Cost:

Natural Wood: Price can vary widely based on the type and treatment of the wood.

PVC-based WPC material: Generally more expensive than natural wood but can be cost-effective over time due to reduced maintenance.

WPC wood

Compared with PE-based WPC wall cladding, what are the advantages of PVC?

1. Durability:

PE-based WPC material: Generally durable, resistant to moisture and insects, but less rigid compared to PVC-based WPC.

PVC-based WPC material: Typically more rigid and might have improved resistance to moisture and external factors. PVC WPC are also completely resistant to rot and insects.

2. Maintenance:

PE-based WPC material: May require minimal maintenance, like occasional cleaning. Less prone to staining compared to natural wood.

PVC-based WPC material: Almost maintenance-free. It can be easily cleaned, and it's highly resistant to staining and fading.

3. Flexibility & Rigidity:

PE-based WPC material: Tends to be more flexible, which might be useful for certain design elements.

PVC-based WPC material: More rigid, providing a sturdier feel.

4. Thermal Properties:

PVC-based WPC material: Generally has a more controlled or reduced rate of thermal expansion and contraction compared to PE-based WPC.

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WPC (PE-based)

WPC (PVC-based)





Easy to Installation



Much easier




 Very Easy

UV Stability





Short time

Long time

Longer time (Up to 10 years)


High maintenance cost

Maintenance free

Maintenance free


   Need to cut down a lot of trees

100% recyclable

100% recyclable






Very high



Termite Resistance




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