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All About Plywood

The popularity of fixed furniture has been growing for decades now. And for this purpose, the Plywood has been the best sought-after material. In several houses, the owners are choosing plywood over solid wood to make their fixed furniture. In addition, some of the Best Interior Designers in Bangalore are recommending the plywood.

Unlike any other building material, the plywood is one of the most affordable options available. It is not only multipurpose but also the beauty of the wood is held. The plywood is available as hardwood, softwood along with several finishes. Roofs, floors, furniture, cabinets and wardrobes are some of the areas the plywood can be used. It is also used on wall sheathing and some of the DIY projects.

Let us see in detail more about plywood.

What exactly is plywood?

Plywood is a building material that is made by glueing thin sheets of wood together, heat and pressure is applied to create a robust, thick flat sheet which is kind of flexible. It is the most preferred building material by most Home Interior Designers in Bangalore as it is less expensive than wood and in the long run, does not shrink or warp.

Best types or grades of plywood used for Interior Design services.

There is a wide variety of plywood available in the market. These are categorised depending on the wood type, process and application. But will look into 3 major types of plywood as they are the most used by the Interior Designers.

Types or Grades of Plywood used in Interior Design
  1. Moisture Resistant Plywood (MR) The local vendors call it as the commercial ply and are extensively used in the interiors. This type of plywood is resistant to moisture but not waterproof. It is used to build from cabinets to all kinds of furniture in interiors application.

  2. Boiling water Resistant (BWR) grade plywood: This type of plywood is mostly used in interior design where there is a high possibility of exposure to water such as in kitchens. This type of plywood is generally used in interior application when the weather conditions are mostly damp like in coastal regions of India. It is best suited for all weather conditions due to its water-resistant quality. It can resist water better than MR grade plywood. 'A' grade phenolic resins or phenol formaldehyde adhesive is used to make this plywood which helps in water-resisting and to some extent waterproof properties of the plywood. BWR plywoods are wrap free and come with no surface gaps.

  3. Boiling water Proof (BWP) grade or Marine Plywood: This type of plywood is mainly used in ship-building applications because of its waterproof and weather-proof capabilities hence the name marine plywood. In interior design requirements, this type of plywood is mostly used in exterior applications where there is more possibility of plywood getting in contact with water and to withstand all weather conditions. This type of plywood is treated with high-grade melamine and phenolic glues that help in resisting boiling water temperatures for up to 12 hours and gets its anti-wrap properties. BWP plywood is better and stronger than BWR and MR grade plywood.

Properties of plywood.

The versatility of plywood depends on its properties. Let’s see some of the properties of the plywood.

  • Strength: Plywood has good strength and toughness and keeps the screws well without breaking or splitting.

  • Stability: The alternating grains and application of adhesives in plywood make them more stable than standard wood. This setup helps in resisting expansion or contraction. Plywood is less susceptible to absorption and/or releasing of moisture when compared to regular wood. The plywoods are graded from A to D with A being more top-notch quality.

  • Flexibility: Plywood is not restricted by size, form and appearance of nature when compared to real wood. Plywood is available in a range of thickness and facings. The flexibility and strength of the plywood is determined by number of plies which are in odd numbers such as 3, 5 or 7 plies stacked for dimensional stability.

Conclusion: -

Now that you are well informed about the types and the features of the plywood. You are in a better position to choose the right type of plywood for your house. Go for moisture-resistant plywood if your house is in the coastal region where it can resist the humidity in the air. There is also the commercial plywood which can be used in places where there is no exposure to moisture.

We are always at your service, as one of the best interior designers in Bangalore, if you want additional information regarding your interior design. Feel free to contact us and we'll help you make the right choice to build your perfect abode.

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