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30—06—2021

3 Key Considerations When Specifying Plywood for Exteriors

Ply is a wonderfully versatile material that is well suited to a wide range of applications. From interior walls and ceilings to joinery, the range of colours, styles and timbers means the design possibilities available are endless.

One question we do get asked a lot is whether plywood products are suitable for exterior applications?

The answer is yes and no, depending on some important factors and conditions. We’ve

External facades exposed to the elements: No

When it comes to our plywood panels, we don’t recommend they are used in a position where exposed to the full brunt of Australia’s harsh weather conditions. This includes façades, external walls and any other position that lacks protection from the sun, wind, rain and other weather events. In these situations, the longevity of the plywood will be significantly reduced and depending on the position, climate and level of exposure, the appearance may be negatively impacted too. For this reason, externals façades are a no.

Out of direct weather and sunlight: Yes

Our Maxi Panel exterior-grade Baltic Birch plywood panels can be used to great effect outdoors, as long as they are located in a position out of direct sunlight and exposure to the weather. . Positioned in a semi-protected area under the soffits, panels are coated with hard-wax oil + a UV exterior oil for a durable finish. A fine example of exterior use can be seen in the Darling Square community hub, situated in the heart of Sydney. Our Maxi Veneer Blackbutt ¼ cut was the ideal choice for the undercover walkway, with the warmth of the timber a wonderful match for the striking curved lines and modern look and feel of the vibrant space.

What about exterior plywood: Yes and No

There is also the question of exterior and marine plywood, and the suitability of these depends on the type and quality of the plywood. It is possible to purchase exterior plywood which is weather-resistant and is bonded by waterproof glue. This provides it with better protection against the elements than interior plywood, however it can still be damaged and have a reduced lifespan when exposed top extreme weather for prolonged periods.

If in doubt, check with the experts

So if you’re considering using plywood for an exterior application, it’s essential to use the correct type and only specify it in a suitable position. If in doubt, be sure to discuss your project requirements with our team, we’re always happy to assist! Simply get in touch on 1300 761 741.

Contact us for more information
Posted by: Category: Walls/ Ceilings, Technical Info, Facts About Ply

30—06—2021

3 Key Considerations When Specifying Plywood for Exteriors
Posted by: Category: Walls/ Ceilings, Technical Info, Facts About Ply

Ply is a wonderfully versatile material that is well suited to a wide range of applications. From interior walls and ceilings to joinery, the range of colours, styles and timbers means the design possibilities available are endless.

One question we do get asked a lot is whether plywood products are suitable for exterior applications?

The answer is yes and no, depending on some important factors and conditions. We’ve

External facades exposed to the elements: No

When it comes to our plywood panels, we don’t recommend they are used in a position where exposed to the full brunt of Australia’s harsh weather conditions. This includes façades, external walls and any other position that lacks protection from the sun, wind, rain and other weather events. In these situations, the longevity of the plywood will be significantly reduced and depending on the position, climate and level of exposure, the appearance may be negatively impacted too. For this reason, externals façades are a no.

Out of direct weather and sunlight: Yes

Our Maxi Panel exterior-grade Baltic Birch plywood panels can be used to great effect outdoors, as long as they are located in a position out of direct sunlight and exposure to the weather. . Positioned in a semi-protected area under the soffits, panels are coated with hard-wax oil + a UV exterior oil for a durable finish. A fine example of exterior use can be seen in the Darling Square community hub, situated in the heart of Sydney. Our Maxi Veneer Blackbutt ¼ cut was the ideal choice for the undercover walkway, with the warmth of the timber a wonderful match for the striking curved lines and modern look and feel of the vibrant space.

What about exterior plywood: Yes and No

There is also the question of exterior and marine plywood, and the suitability of these depends on the type and quality of the plywood. It is possible to purchase exterior plywood which is weather-resistant and is bonded by waterproof glue. This provides it with better protection against the elements than interior plywood, however it can still be damaged and have a reduced lifespan when exposed top extreme weather for prolonged periods.

If in doubt, check with the experts

So if you’re considering using plywood for an exterior application, it’s essential to use the correct type and only specify it in a suitable position. If in doubt, be sure to discuss your project requirements with our team, we’re always happy to assist! Simply get in touch on 1300 761 741.

Contact us for more information