A new generation of wood composite
Lunawood recently set up a new subsidiary to take all the benefits of its thermowood and combine them with recycled plastic waste to create a new type of composite.
The product in question is Lunacomp, an innovative decking product for locations that call for a material capable of dealing with heavy wear and tear.
Excellent dimensional stability
Lunacomp – produced in a dedicated plant that was opened in early 2011 – is the outcome of around three years of R&D work aimed at improving the properties of wood composite products. This focused on developing a composite that was not only highly resistant to moisture but was also unconditionally stable and did not expand or contract with rises and drops in temperature, as many composites tend to do.
A 3-metre run of Lunacomp decking, for example, will expand or contract in length by only 3 mm at temperatures between 0 °C and 50 °C. Swelling as a result of variations in relative humidity is also very low.
Very tough too
Surface hardness was also a priority, to ensure that the product was truly hard-wearing. The company’s researchers scored a major success here, as Lunacomp is a very hard material – not only much harder than softwood and hardwoods such as ash and oak, but also significantly harder than other wood-polymer composites.
It also offers very good bending strength, thanks to its relatively high level of wood content. The latter gives Lunacomp an attractive, wood-like feel and texture as well.
The surface of Lunacomp decking features two different textures, one of which is specially designed for its anti-slip properties. Assembling a deck with Lunacomp is very easy, using t-clips to nail the decking to the substructure and connectors to join sections to each other for straight runs or corners. End pieces and side rails guarantee an attractive end-result. To ensure colour fastness, a UV protection compound is added to the ‘mix’ during production.
The result is a long-lasting and highly durable material. Containing no PVC, lunacomp is 100% recyclable, just like the raw materials it is produced from, only adding to its attractiveness.
|The outcome of extensive R&D work, Lunacomp take all the benefits of thermowood and combines them with recycled plastic waste to create a new-generation wood composite with a winning range of properties. Photos: Peter Herring