The Many Ways to Use Plywood in Construction

The Many Ways to Use Plywood in Construction

Be sure to talk to your trusted building materials dealer to find the right plywood for whatever application you have in mind.

There is no engineered lumber product more versatile than plywood. Manufactured from several layers of wood and bonded together through heat and moisture-resistant adhesives, plywood products are an essential building material across several types of construction projects. Not only do its durable and moisture-resistant properties make it a high-quality material for different applications, but it’s also immensely affordable for projects of all sizes. Leland Fisher Lumber carries a wide selection of plywood in several thicknesses, sizes, and wood species. Be sure to talk to your trusted building materials dealer to find the right plywood for whatever application you have in mind.

Structural Uses

When plywood is used for structural purposes in a construction project, the boards are often quite thick and made from softwood species. Since the plywood will be unexposed upon project completion, the boards will not have a polished or attractive finish. You can expect builders to use plywood on structural beams, the subfloor, and even as wall sheathing to support and hold studs together from shifting. In these cases, structural plywood offers more stability.

Exterior Construction

Many people can confuse how plywood used in exterior construction differs from its structural uses. While the uses are generally very similar, there is more emphasis on the plywood being weather-resistant. This is because builders need exterior plywood to withstand water and sunlight exposure, even when it’s to be covered by siding, roofing, or other exterior building material. For example: for roofing, the layers would be plywood roof deck, roofing felt, then the shingles.

Interior Construction

Plywood for interior use is different from the other mentioned plywood products. Plywood that is finished with an attractive exterior layer is utilized for more decorative projects, like wall and ceiling paneling. Often, this type of plywood is thinner and does not offer enough strength for building structures expected to support any significant weight.

However, there is a certain exception. Some types of plywood, such as hardwood plywood, are excellent for furniture construction, including cabinets. People also use plywood for building other custom furnishings, such as dressers, wardrobes, bookcases, and console tables.

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