Plywood is an extremely versatile building material which covers a wide range of applications from wall to floor sheathing.
The raw material used in the manufacture of plywood consists of coniferous wood which is a softwood, hardwood or tropical hardwood. Sometimes a combination of different species can be used. Plywood is made up of a number of layers, called plies which are glued together.
Plywood can be used structurally or for non-structural applications depending on its CE certification.
Certain types of Plywood can be used for differing requirements; however to provide the desired performance and service life, they must be correctly specified, detailed, installed and maintained. The key point to remember is to find out what the plywood will used for and to then offer the best product for the particular application.
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We have provided some useful tools to help you choose the right plywood for your purpose. See Checklist and also Plywood Grade Chart to help you.
See Notes on EN 636 and EN 314 which explain the new plywood standards.
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