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The Plywood-Pedia

Posted on July 22, 2014

Plywood is made of different layers of wood (called plies or veneers) glued together. It has multiple

uses in our day to day life and almost everything we see around us is made of plywood. Plywood is 

gradually becoming indispensible and And willcontinue becoming more useful in all wood related 

building and furnishing solutions in the future as well Therefore, it becomes even more important to 

have information about different types of plywood and their application.

There are seven main types of plywood that are categorized on the basis of the wood they are made 

of, the intended purposes, its sustainability, etc.

1. SOFTWOOD PLYWOOD:
Softwood plywood is manufactured from a long-grained, homogenous timber with straight fibres. Its

veneer structure gives it considerable strength and rigidity. They are light, easy to work with and can 

be installed easily. Besides being beautifully light coloured and environment friendly, they can also 

withstand rough usage.

2. HARDWOOD PLYWOOD:
Softwood plywood is manufactured from a long-grained, homogenous timber with straight fibres. Its

veneer structure gives it considerable strength and rigidity. They are light, easy to work with and can 

be installed easily. Besides being beautifully light coloured and environment friendly, they can also 

withstand rough usage.

2. HARDWOOD PLYWOOD:
Structural aircraft-grade plywood is more commonly manufactured from African mahogany or

American birch veneers that are bonded together in a hot press over hardwood cores of basswood 

or poplar. It is thin but has high strength along with heat resistance.

5. DECORATIVE PLYWOOD:
This plywood is for decorative purposes and is made from oak, teak, mahogany, etc. It is often

surfaced with hardwood and Formica, metal and resin-impregnated paper or fabric bonded added 

on top of this kind of plywood on both sides, making it ready for use in the decoration field. 

Decorative plywood is easy to dye and draw on as compared to other Plywoods.

6. FLEXIBLE PLYWOOD:
As the name suggests, this kind of plywood is flexible and is also called by names such as ‘flexi-
ply’, ‘bendi-ply’ and ‘hatter’s-ply’. It is used for making curved parts and in some countries, it is not 

considered plywood.

7. MARINE PLYWOODS:

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Marine plywood is manufactured from durable face and core veneers that make it perform longer 

in humid and wet conditions and resist delaminating and fungal attack. Its construction is such that 

it can be used in environments where it is exposed to moisture for long periods. The veneers have 

negligible core gap, limiting the chance of trapping water in the plywood and hence providing a solid 

and stable glue bond. It uses an exterior Water and Boil Proof (WBP) glue similar to most exterior 

plywood. Most of the marine plywood manufacturers are from the tropics. It is usually used in the 

manufacture of boats and docks. 

The industry is slowly turning towards more value sophisticated plywood.The consumer is looking 

for strong and durable solutions for their home décor, hence moving towards branded product
offerings. CenturyPly, being one of the pioneers in the plywood industry ensures high standards of

plywood manufacturing. It offers you a great range of high quality plywood that add to the beauty of 

your house.


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