Geolam has a modern, sanded-wood aesthetic for exterior use as cladding, soffit, architectural elements and decking. It is a hybrid aluminum/wood-plastic composite with superb color retention, excellent strength and durability and total resistance to rot, mold, and mildew. It is a sustainable product made of 70 – 80% recycled material and is itself recyclable.
Material Refinement leading to Integrated Product
Geolam technology embraces a patented process in which wood fibers are added to a high intensity mixer in which their moisture content reduced to 0%. The fibers are dried through a friction process incorporating a special mixer blade design. Once all moisture has been driven out of the wood, a thermoplastic is added along with a special reinforcing agent. The plastic is then literally beaten into the cells or tracheid's of the wood. This creates an entirely new material, neither wood nor plastic, rather a fully integrated composite that is physically stronger and more stable product, that naturally takes on the characteristics of hardwood.
Geolam is dedicated to building a sustainable world that celebrates both beauty and environmental responsibility. The recycled content of their aluminum/wpc boards is at least 70% post consumer. Geolam product are composed of 70% – 80% recycled materials. They are 100% recyclable. Eco-friendly polypropylene plastic is used rather than PVC. They carry the ‘Eco-Mark’ label and produce no toxic fumes.
Lightweight and Durable
In 1992, a production method developed by Japanese engineers at Geolam led to the manufacture of the world’s first hollow cell profiles and their typical honeycomb structure. Within the construction industry, Geolam’s invention of the original WPC as an alternative to tropical hardwood is considered a once-in-a-century innovation. Hollow cell boards are lighter, more efficient and absorb much less water than solid decking products. Their cross sections can be selected to permit substantially larger spacing between joists in the substructure. Combining the core and the external layer: the material is practically homogeneous, which makes it more resistant and more stable. The stability and ease of assembly provides, for this second generation, profiles which enable fast installation in larger properties and public sector construction projects.
Three layers of different materials undergo our patented triple extrusion process. Light, stable aluminum makes up the core. The light metal allows safe and grid-free mounting options, which significantly expands the span between 2 points of attachment. The connecting intermediate layer is made of a copolymer resin. This resin is very strong and so firmly connected to the two materials that the hybrid profiles can be bent into different radii (smallest radius: 400 mm or 16 in). The protective layer, lends the profiles the characteristics of tropical wood, that are available in many colors. This innovative combination of materials gives our profiles exceptionally superior features. They are three times lighter, four times more stable and eight times more rigid than WPC profiles. In addition, one single Geolam WHS profile can be bent to different radii and in different directions.
Geolam® is a sustainable wood-plastic composite used primarily for architectural elements, cladding/soffit and commercial decking. A durable, slip-resistant compound protected from warping, mold, and color fading made of 70% – 80% recycled materials and 100% recyclable, An eco friendly wood alternative and a sophisticated choice.