PLYTERRA: Expert opinion
What is special about fire retardant plywood? 15 August 2018

Fire Retardant (FR) plywood stands out from standard Exterior (WBP) and Interior (MR) plywood

The difference becomes evident during the production process, when peeled veneer for FR plywood undergoes special treatment with fire retardants. Thus, the final product acquires its fire-resistant properties.

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Fire-retardant plywood for construction

Building codes require that certain structures shall be made with fire-retardant or flame resistant plywood. The use of this material in walls and partitions prevents the spread of fire from one part of building to the next. Fire-retardant plywood successfully completes vertical through-roof firewalls, simplifying roofs construction and reducing building and reroofing costs.

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Film faced birch plywood

Film faced birch plywood is durable, lightweight, water- and wear-resistant material. It can be easily handled and combined with other materials. Thanks to high-quality film coating, the plywood takes on such properties as endurance and resistance to damage and strong chemicals, which make it suitable for exterior use. It also protects veneers against termites, influence of temperature drops and high humidity. The surface of the film faced plywood is easy to clean. Edges of the plywood are sealed with water-resistant acrylic paint.

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Birch plywood for interior design

Patented in the 19th century, plywood has not lost its popularity nowadays. On the contrary, the demand for this all-purpose material continues to grow as it constantly finds new areas of application. Architects and designers recognize this material for its cost-effectiveness and simple brilliance.

The material proved its utility and durability for building exteriors long ago, but one of the recent trends is plywood in interior design. And not only refined plywood of high grades and highest quality is used for this purpose now, but, surprisingly, the one with knots and other natural imperfections, which is appreciated for its aesthetic, as well as money it saves.

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What is Interior Birch Plywood?

The name of the product makes it obvious that interior birch plywood is suitable only for indoor application in homes as well as in offices. If you choose aesthetic finish for you interior design, you cannot make a better choice. The material is impractical in terms of exterior use, but its indoor application is versatile. It includes the production of furniture, roofing, flooring, interior cladding and decoration works. The range of end uses of interior birch plywood is constantly widened by plywood manufacturers introducing new solutions. Other popular areas of application for this material are laser cutting and production of toys.


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Film faced plywood Film faced plywood is produced on the basis of exterior birch plywood, which is coated with special phenolic or melamine film. Compared to raw plywood, the plywood with overlay has longer durability, increased stability, higher resistance to moisture, corrosive chemicals and UV-radiation.  read more...
What should be known about exterior birch plywood?

In spite of the fact that there is no big visible difference between interior and exterior plywood, they are not absolutely interchangeable. The difference between the products starts at manufacturing process, during which they acquire its exclusive properties.

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Production and application of birch plywood

Birch plywood manufacturers produce the building material which is widely used in many areas thanks to plenty of its useful properties and affordable cost. At the first stage of production logs are soaked into hot water. After the hydrothermal treatment the logs are fed into a lathe, where they are peeled into thin sheets of wood veneer. The thickness of plies varies from 0,5 to 4 mm and depends on the preferences of a birch plywood manufacturer. Being glued and pressed together at high temperature, the layers of birch veneer form a very strong material, which does not lose its properties in various environmental conditions. Dimensional stability, resistance to crack and warp make this reliable material widely applicable in many areas.

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Birch plywood

Birch plywood is a strong material made of at least three thin layers of birch veneer glued together under high pressure. To guarantee the best performance, the cross- and long-grain plies go one by one at right angles. It can be used for many interior and exterior purposes from interior cladding to formworks, from furniture production to exterior walls sheathing.

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