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Fire Retardant Plywood for Safer, Secure Homes


Looking around, you will notice how much plywood is used in your homes and offices. The various designs, textures, and colour schemes available certainly add beauty and elegance. But is your plywood safe from unwanted fire? Using fire retardant plywood in your homes and offices can not only make them look beautiful but also add safety and security.

Table of Contents

➔ What is fire retardant plywood?

➔ Why should you opt for fire retardant plywood?

➔ How is fire retardant plywood made?

➔ Why is fire retardant plywood important?

➔ Parameters for fire retardant plywood

➔ Additional Benefits


What Is Fire Retardant Plywood?

Fire retardant plywood is a type of plywood that is treated with chemicals during manufacture. This makes it resistant to fire. Therefore, the fire retardant plywood by CenturyPly’s revolutionary firewall technology. These types of plywood fight fire in the unfortunate case of an accident. They do not become a medium nor burn rapidly like other types of plywood. Thus, they delay the spread of fire. Furthermore, they self-extinguish once the source of fire is taken care of.

Why Should You Opt for Fire Retardant Plywood? 

If you look at any premises, be it a home, office, or warehouse, the one thing that will be found in plenty is plywood. Fire accidents can begin with even small sources, like a tiny spark or a short circuit. Such unfortunate accidents can cause a lot of damage to people and property. Furniture is the fastest way for the fire to spread. Therefore, if you can make your plywood resist fire, then it would help avert fire accidents. Thus, saving a lot of lives.

How Is Fire Retardant Plywood Made? 

CenturyPly plywood is treated with fire-retardant chemicals during the manufacturing process. The polymer matrix of the plywood is embedded with nano-engineered particles to make it fire-resistant. The chemicals are applied to each layer of plywood and are also used in coating and surface to decrease the spread of fire.

Why Is Fire Retardant Plywood Important?

The firewall technology in a select range of plywood by CenturyPly is treated with chemicals during manufacture. Therefore, it becomes resistant to fire and heat. There are several uses, some of which are mentioned below.

●​​​​​​​ Low smoke emission: The fire safety plywood emits significantly less smoke in case of a fire accident. Thus, it protects the victims from suffocation.

●​​​​​​​ Regulates fire: Fire can spread at great speed. Moreover, due to its combustion properties, plywood can act as fuel to fire. The firewall technology allows time for people to act and save lives. Therefore, fire retardant plywood proves to be useful as it buys time for people.

●​​​​​​​ Timely evacuation: Since it slows down the spread of fire, this plywood can provide the time needed for evacuation.

●​​​​​​​ Cost-effective: Furthermore, this amazing technology comes at no additional cost. 

Parameters for Firefighting Plywood

Every fire-retardant plywood must meet certain parameters to provide the best benefits. CenturyPly’s plywood embedded with firewall technology is tested as per IS 5509, ASTM E84, and BS476 Part 7. Thus, it proves its merit by meeting the following parameters.


Flammability is measured in the time in which a plywood that is on fire starts a sequence of ignitions in the surrounding area. For the CenturyPly firewall technology embedded plywood, the flammability parameter when tested is more than 30 minutes for 19mm thick ply.

Rate of Burning

The rate of burning is the time taken to catch fire when a flame test is done. For the fire-retardant plywood, the rate of burning when tested is more than 20 minutes for 19 mm thick ply.

Flame Penetration

The flame penetration parameter measures the time taken for a flame to penetrate the thickness of a plywood sheet after a flame is lit. For the fire fighting plywood, the flame penetration parameter, when tested, is more than three times the thickness of the plywood.

Flame Spread index

The flame spread index measures the spread of flames against red oak. Since red oak is the most combustible of woods, it is used as a testing parameter.

Smoke Developed Index

The smoke-developed index measures the smoke against red oak. Since red oak is the most inflammable of woods, it is used as a testing parameter. The standard rating for fire safety plywood should be less than 450. For the fire-fighting plywood, the smoke-developed index when tested is 155.

Additional Benefits

There are several benefits of choosing CenturyPly plywood with firewall technology. Some of them are as follows:

●​​​​​​​ It gives an aesthetic appeal to your furniture.

●​​​​​​​ It is Boiling Waterproof

●​​​​​​​ It has superior strength.

●​​​​​​​ It lowers the smoke emission.

●​​​​​​​ It is Borer & Termite Proof.

●​​​​​​​ The firewall technology also works even after laminates are applied on furniture. Therefore, you do not have to compromise on design for safety.

●​​​​​​​ It is also non-hygroscopic. Therefore, it absorbs very little moisture. Thus it retains structural integrity. 


CenturyPly is the number one choice of engineers and architects throughout the nation. Furthermore, to safeguard your home it is essential to use top-notch, fire retardant, pest- and rot-resistant plywoods. Being both inexpensive and meeting all of these requirements, CenturyPly fire retardant plywood created with Firewall Technology is a fantastic choice. 

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