Plywood Vs Engineered Wood: Pros And Cons



General Overview

Engineered wood is basically the manmade wood that is processed using a variety of materials like glues, chemicals, wood fibers and sawdust. Engineered wood seems similar to the solid wood but is manufactured in the factory under high pressure. On the other hand of the plywood is composed of the multiple wood layers that are thin in nature with the help of the glue. The plywood is mostly found in the large sheets and is used for a number of applications like the construction of the wardrobes, cabinets, etc.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of The Plywood And Engineered Wood?

The various advantages and disadvantages of both engineered and plywood are as follows.

Engineered Wood Pros/ Advantages

The various advantages of engineered wood are as follows.
  1. Cost-Effective: The engineered wood flooring is a cost-effective option in comparison with the hardwood flooring.
  2. Appearance: Looks exactly like solid wood flooring after installation.
  3. Top Layer: The top layer is comprised of the real solid wood.
  4. Temperature Resistance: The engineered wood offers much temperature resistance in comparison with the solid wood flooring.
  5. Compatibility: The engineered wood is compatible with different flooring options such as under underlay, loose or over.
  6. Underfloor Heating: The engineered wood is highly compatible with the underfloor heating system.
  7. Installation: The flooring made up of the engineered wood comes with fast and easy installation.
  8. Diversity: The wood offers diverse plank dimensions, colors, and styles.
  9. Refinishing/ Sanding: It is possible to refinish and sand the engineered top wood layer.


Cons/ Disadvantages

  1. Damage: The engineered wood is prone to damage, scratches, and dents.
  2. Cracking: The wood is not compatible with centrally heating modern system and may result in the wrapping or cracking.
  3. Expansion/ Contraction: Neither the wood can be expanded not it can be contracted.
  4. Moisture: Not recommended for the outside or patio use as it has a tendency to soak moisture.

Plywood Pros/ Advantages

The various advantages/ pros of the plywood are mentioned below.
  1. Thickness: The plywood come with the different thickness dimensions.
  2. Species: Offers the variety of the wood species.
  3. Sturdiness: The plywood is sturdy as well as hard.
  4. Staining/ Painting: Adheres well to the number of the stains and paints.
  5. Screwing: Due to the strong character, it holds the screw well.

Cons/ Disadvantages

The various cons and disadvantages of the plywood is mentioned below.
  1. Expensive: The plywood is an expensive option as compared to the other woods.
  2. Finishing: Finishing edges are necessary to hide the layers.
  3. Splinting: The plywood is prone to splinting.
  4. Cut: The sheets are hard to cut.
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