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 What is Plywood? 

Plywood is a popular sheet material that is manufactured using engineered wood that is cut into fine veneers that are layered with each one being rotating by 90-degrees from the layer below.  The veneers used on the faces are of a higher-quality grade than the veneers used at its core. 

This is often referred to as a cross-grain technique and has a variety of benefits, including: 

  • Improved strength and stability 
  • Warping is prevented 
  • Lower risk of the plywood splitting, particularly when nails are inserted around the edges 

The more veneers that a sheet of plywood is constructed of, the stronger it will be.  

What is Plywood used for? 

Plywood is a versatile product that is suitable for use in a wide range of internal applications, including: 

  • Furniture, including kitchen cabinets and cupboards 
  • Flooring 
  • Light partition walls 
  • Doors 
  • Panelling 

Externally, plywood can also be used for: 

  • Cladding 
  • Sheds 

Which applications a specific type of plywood can be used for will depend on a variety of factors:

For internal applications, that will not be exposed to moisture, you should choose a plywood that has a technical class of EN636-1S and use an EN314 Class 1 bond. Applications include packing cases, furniture, and shelving.

For applications that will experience occasional wetting, including humidity and condensation (for example in bathrooms), you should choose an EN636-2S plywood with an EN314 Class 2 bond. This is ideal for roofing, floors, and walls.

For structural applications that will be constantly exposed to the elements, for example, walls, roofing, and floors, you will need an EN636-3S class plywood with an EN314 Class 3 bond.