4 Reasons Plywood Is Better Than Solid Wood

a lot of plywood stacked on top of each otherChoosing high-quality materials is an important part of any home remodelling project. This will ensure the longevity of the materials used so that you won’t have to renovate again any time soon. The word ‘high-quality’ might intimidate you, but it doesn’t have to be expensive.

For example, you could use plywood, which offers the same durability and aesthetic appeal as solid wood — but for a fraction of the price. There are many other benefits of plywood for interior uses. Here are just some of them.

Strong and Durable

Solid wood is a strong material, but its strength is not equally distributed across all directions so it might split along the grain if subjected to heavy strain. It also swells and stretches when humidity is high. Plywood also contracts and expands but not as much as solid wood.

It also does not warp because the layers are together in such a way that its grains alternate against each other. This equally distributes strength in all directions through a process called cross-graining.

Affordable

Plywood is not cheap but is certainly more affordable than wood. Additionally, its lighter weight makes it easier to move around, which significantly lowers transportation costs. You could also get it in larger sizes than you would with wood.

Lightweight

Plywood is no doubt lighter than solid wood. This makes it suitable for a wider range of applications compared with natural wood. It’s also much easier to transport because it is lightweight.

Eco-Friendly

The thing that really sets plywood apart from solid wood is that it requires significantly fewer logs to create one. Why is this important? The less wood used, the more timber conserved, which reduces the need for deforestation. This makes plywood a more eco-friendly choice, as long as the adhesives used are non-toxic.

Natural wood gives homes an elegant and luxurious look and feel to it. However, it also comes with a lot of drawbacks, such as warping. Plywood might be man-made, but the outer veneers are still real wood, so it offers the same aesthetic appeal as conventional wood minus its downsides.