Azdel Composite Panels have been used in RV exterior and interior sidewall, ceilings, and roofs since 2006. They are produced using a patented blend of polypropylene and fiberglass to create a strong, lightweight, quiet, weather and temperature resistant, odorless and environmentally friendly wall that will increase the life of your RV.
With twice the insulation value, excellent strength, and half the weight of wood, composite panels increase durability and lighten your adventure. Reduced weight helps keep fuel costs down, while superior insulation decreases heating and cooling costs. The panels also absorb sound waves to help provide a quieter ride, reducing road and outside noise.
Azdel composite panels are lightweight yet durable. Half the weight of wood - just think of the fuel savings!
Azdel composite panels do not grow mold, mildew or emit toxic fumes, so you can breathe easily with peace of mind. Conversely, wood panels can decompose releasing airborne particle pollutants.
Water will not cause fiber decomposition on our composite panels, so there is no rot or warping. Wet/dry cycles can affect wood bonds and diminish structural support.
Azdel composite panels are not damaged from freezing and thawing cycles, a common cause of delamination. Temperature and humidity changes are well tolerated.
Azdel panels are porous which allows them to absorb sound waves instead of being transferred through vibration of wood panels. You are in for a quieter ride.
Azdel composite panels are durable and stay strong. No adhesive failure from fluctuating temperatures can occur to weaken bonds.
The term lauan (or luan) comes from the lauan tree, native to the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries. Sometimes referred to as Philippine Mahogany or Meranti, it is the general name given to a wide variety of related woods imported from the Philippine Islands, Malaysia and Indonesia. Of all the hardwoods, Philippine lauan was once the most plentiful. It is not an actual mahogany. This is a trade name for underlayment plywood.
We placed an Azdel composite panel and a panel made from lauan in water for 51 days. The damage to the lauan panel displayed mold and the beginning of delamination which would require repair. The Azdel panel was 100% unaffected. Some RV's sit through six months of winter, subjected to freezing, thawing, heating and repeating the cycle with the potential for water seeping into the wall. This damage occurred in less than two months.
Have you ever seen an RV with bubbling along the sidewalls that looks like an air bubble under contact paper? That's delamination - the wood is separating from the outer layer and can no longer support the structure. Water seeping in has soaked the wood. This along with freezing, thawing and hot temperatures causes it to decompose and loosen adhesive bonds. Because of the moisture/water presence, mold and mildew are formed or accelerated during this process. What you don't see can make all the difference - in the support structure of your walls, road noise, and comfort level inside your rig, the air quality your family breathes, and the longevity of your RV.
This is the Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion at work.
Gary Conley goes into detail about why Lance Camper uses Azdel. It is 50% lighter than wood, won't rot or get moldy and improves insulation "R" value. Azdel also has no formaldehyde making it safer than other materials. It assists in sound deadening.
Discussion about Coachmen RV's use of Azdel products in construction with an overview of the benefits and prevention of delamination. Azdel Panels are constructed using a blend of polypropylene and fiberglass, creating an extremely strong and lightweight wall.
RV Water Damage & Mold Removal
"As we cut into the walls we notice they are stamped with formaldehyde warnings. Formaldehyde is a chemical used to produce wood products - especially in pre-manufactured homes and RV's. Exposure to formaldehyde can cause health problems, mostly respiratory issues. Of course this information was unnerving - the RV is our home. Good news: We found a product that can be applied to walls, floors, etc. that stops formaldehyde off-gassing. In a future video, we'll show you how we combated the problem of formaldehyde in our RV to ensure the air we're breathing isn't a toxic hazard."
Michael and Jenny Justus
RV owner and salesman explains why Azdel products helped him determine which RV to purchase. Take away: the product reduces moisture infiltration from the exterior to interior of your coach.
Mold, mildew, and toxic chemicals are examples of particle pollutants that accumulate in confined spaces with temperature fluctuations when moisture is present. We have safety measures to protect us from smoke. We have carbon monoxide detectors to protect us from the odorless gas that we can’t see, but can kill, and propane detectors to detect leaks that can put your family members at risk. These are common standards or options in most RV's manufactured today.
It matters because these pollutants can affect our health in serious ways. RV's that are closed for weeks or months without ventilation are particularly susceptible to mold formation that can become airborne.
When renovating an RV, or working to remove water damage and mold, use the proper precautions. Here a couple removed plywood that was stamped with a formaldehyde warning.