by Ollie Cantor, 03 March 2022
Where weight support counts, use 18mm Structural Hardwood Plywood Sheets. Suitable for a wide range of building applications, these high-grade plywood sheets do a phenomenal job of load-bearing in flooring and roofing applications. The sheets comprise multiple layers of thin veneer, with each adjacent layer being rotated from 45-90 degrees to ensure that the wood grain is going in different directions. This process of "cross graining" endows the sheets with a strength which is perfect for floor, wall and roof applications.
Not only are they strong but they are also focally pleasing, offering a smooth sanded surface which can be painted or clear finished, depending on your chosen aesthetic. To add to their list of many benefits, the sheets are also moisture-resistant (conforming to the following standards EN636-2, EN314-2), making them an ideal choice for use in humid environments.
All of our plywoods are FSC/PEFC chain of custody certified.
|Bond Class:||EN314-2 / EN636-2|
|Sales Unit Coverage:||2.98m2|
|Certification:||FSC / PEFC|
When it comes to plywood, one of the most important things to consider is its strength. After all, this material is often used in construction and other applications where it needs to be able to support a lot of weight. Cross graining is one of the key features that gives plywood its strength.
The cross-layered timber veneered panel provides consistent strength and stability to both interior and exterior applications (such as external wall panels and claddings, as long as all edges are sealed). If you are looking for an exterior grade plywood sheet, our Marine Plywood is the ultimate hardwood external grade in terms of strength and weatherproofing. For further information regarding all of our sheet materials and to further expand your project list, click here.
We recommend using Structural Hardwood Plywood in the following applications:
Note that if you are using the sheets for furniture making, plywood absorbs more paint than other wood products.
Whilst non-structural plywood is generally good-quality, it does not offer an inch of what structural plywood does in the way of structural use. There are many reasons why hardwood structural plywood is such a popular choice. Firstly, it is extremely strong and durable. It can withstand a lot of wear and tear, making it ideal for high-traffic areas. As well as offering strength and resilience, these Hardwood Plywood sheets offer a host of other long-lasting benefits. Let's explore some of these below:
Hardwood Plywood is an engineered wood made by slicing wood into thin veneers which are heat bonded with resin adhesive in a process called cross graining. So, what exactly is cross graining? Essentially, it is the practice of orienting the grain of each plywood layer at right angles to the one below it. This creates a criss-cross pattern that improves strength and rigidity.
There are a few key reasons why cross graining is so essential in the creation process of plywood:
The term "WBP Plywood" (which stands for "Weather and Boil Proof") refers to the type of glue that is used to bond the layers of wood veneer together.
This terminology has been superseded by the EN314 and EN636 classifications, which define the bonding quality of the adhesive and the standards to which the plywood will perform. All of our general-use hardwood birch plywood sheet materials (made from birch veneers) meet level 2 under these classifications, which means that they are suitable for use in humid conditions, and can be used outside if treated with an appropriate preserver and sealer.
Five latest reviews
by Ollie Cantor, 03 March 2022
just what I needed for my shed
by Jasper Collins, 03 March 2022
Competitive price and great quality.
by Martin Chivers, 14 February 2022
Bought 20 plywood sheets and all arrived in excellent condition. Marine plywood was also an option, but more expensive and really pleased with this ply. Will buy more timber from Materials Market
by Andy Johnson, 13 February 2022
by Stan Cooper, 10 February 2022