3 things you might not know about plywood

Posted on: 31 July 2018

Plywood is a material that almost everyone will have heard of, but few people are actually sure what it is. Whether you were recommended to use it by a contractor working on a project for you or you are redoing your children's bedroom and looking at furniture options, many people are attracted to plywood because of its low-cost qualities. If you want to make sure you are using the right plywood for the right job, you need to understand a little more about the actual material you are buying.

Depending on the products you are buying, plywood will either be the best choice or the worst choice you could make. Here is a little more background information about what plywood really is, so that you can make an informed decision.

1. What it's made from

Plywood is made from lots of different varieties of wood, which are then formed into layers. These layers are compressed together, making the finished product. This is what gives the wood its distinctive finish and clearly visible layers. Make sure you check the base material your plywood is made from, as this will define the characteristics that the wood has, for example, whether it is flexible and bendy, soft or hard and inflexible.

2. It's everywhere

You might be amazed at how many products and applications there are for plywood. From aeroplanes to building materials to children's furniture, plywood's qualities, which we'll mention more in the next section, have made it the perfect choice for a huge number of projects. Typically, in most residential or domestic settings you will come across hard plywood or soft plywood, with hard plywood used within floors and ceilings for example, while soft plywood will typically be used to create furniture or to add a decorative finish to rooms.

3. Top qualities

So, what has made plywood such a popular choice? There are two key reasons.

For a start, it tends to be at the cheaper end of the materials market. This is because of its construction from multiple layers of processed wood. While this may have given it a cheap reputation, the truth is that it is actually just a cost-effective option for any budget. The second most attractive quality about plywood is that it is highly flexible, soft plywood can be easily shaped and curved, making it a great material for unique projects and custom builds. 

For more information, contact your local plywood products company.  


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