Materials and Finishes

Boiling Water Proof Plywood


Boiling Water Proof Ply is the strongest and most durable of plys used in a residential setting. It is also colloquially called Marine Ply by most manufacturers.

BWP ply is typically used for building storage in potentially “wet” areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor areas and for wardrobes if they back external walls. The synthetic resins used to glue the individual veneers make the ply waterproof. All ply of this nature is stamped BWP by the manufacturer..

Boiling Water Resistant Plywood


Boiling Water Resistant is similar to Boiling Water Proof but this terminology is conventionally used for blockboards, and not for ply. It is easy to confuse the two, therefore look out for the BWR stamp by the manufacturer. It can similarly be used for furniture in kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor areas and for wardrobes if they back external walls.

Phenol Formaldehyde (PF) resin that is rsused for better bonding and hardwood species are used for long life, thus avoid core gaps that weaken the ply.

Medium Density Fibreboard


Medium Density Fibre Board is also a type of fibre board, which differs intrinsically from ply but has a higher density than Low Density Fibre Board. It is a dry formed panel manufactured by applying high pressure and heat to wood pulp, and not sheets of wood veneer.

These are bonded together using a synthetic resin under high pressure and heat, resulting in a uniform sheet that retains its dimensional stability even under pressure. Also since it is has a material consistency, even the cut edges do not display splinters or unevenness. It is an economical material that easily takes paint or laminate as a surface finish.

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