Plywood vs particle board: a foolproof comparison

December 12, 2022|9:30 am

Plywood and particle boards are two of the most commonly used material in construction, for both residential and commercial projects. However, most of us are clueless about the difference between the two and which one is better. But don’t worry, we are sure you will gain enough knowledge to tell apart the difference between the two and which one to use for your next project after reading this article. Even though both of these materials are made from wood, particle boards are much cheaper than plywood as it is made from wood chips, sawdust, and other wood particles while plywood panels are made by gluing together thin pieces of wood called veneers. So obviously the particle board lacks the qualities of the plywood, such as strength and durability. Both plywood and particle board come in different grades to meet different applications. The wood, adhesives, and manufacturing process heavily affect the quality of the plywood. Plywood sheets made of hardwoods such as gurjan or Eucalyptus are supreme in strength, durability, and resistance to moisture, while plywood made of softwoods is less effective, especially to resist termites and moisture. The particle boards have a smooth surface which makes them ideal for applying laminates, and for applications such as false ceilings or ceiling tiles, as it provides good thermal insulation. The layering of wood veneers in the plywood sheet strengthens it and prevents it from wrapping and bending. It also has better nail-holding capacity compared to particle boards. If you are looking for a material for long-term use and easy to maintain, go ahead with plywood, as you can easily clean it without worries. The smooth surface of particle boards cannot bear the pressure of hammers or screws, and it gets damaged when you clean it with water. We hope this blog has helped you make an educated decision on what material to choose for your next project. If you want to make your home or office beautiful and last forever with high-quality plywood, Plymarc is your go-to destination as we are one of the few brands in India certified by CARB as low-emission plywood producers.

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