Engineered Wood: Benefits and Types

Any type of timber can be an excellent investment, as it adds a natural beauty and classic charm to your property. This material can be transformed into structures, furnishings or accessories. The best part is that timber is sustainable, minimising your impact on the environment.

Initially round, sawn and split before being used for construction, natural timber products also have their engineered counterparts. They are offered by many timber merchants like Tile Importers, giving you more choices for your project.

Why Choose Engineered Wood Products

Timber

Engineered wood products are composed of chips, individual fibres, solid wood and veneers. They are reconstructed using different manufacturing processes and resins. This produces timber types that are more cost-efficient than naturally occurring solid wood and offer several advantages.

Some benefits of engineered wood products include:

  • Durability and Strength

Engineered wood is a popular choice because of its durability. Heavy-duty glue is used to join the wood particles and veneers together, adding stability and strength to the timber. This type of material is also waterproof and resistant to insects, mould and rot. This makes them it safe for use in bathrooms, kitchens and other environments with fluctuating temperature and moisture levels.

  • Ease of Maintenance

Engineered wood products are easy to clean. All you have to do is use a vacuum and a soft-bristled brush. You can also wipe up leaks or spills with a soft cloth.

  • Long-Lasting

A tired-looking hardwood surface brings down a room’s style. You can give engineered wood a new look and a better finish through sanding down and refinishing.

  • Sustainability

Engineered products use parts of the wood that would have usually been burned or wasted. This makes them more sustainable since fewer trees are used to create the wood products.

  • Versatility

There are different grades of engineered wood created for different purposes: some are meant to carry heavy loads, while others are made to be flexible for curved walls. This means you can achieve a finish that suits your project, whether you’re using plywood for shelves or laminate veneer for flooring.

Variety of Engineered Wood Products

laminated wood samples

Here are the different types of engineered wood and how they’re used in construction:

Composite Products

Made from plastic and recycled wood, composite products can give life-long timber that doesn’t need staining or painting. These products, available at Tile Importers, are especially good for use outdoors in decking. They are also popular for benches, cladding, door frames and fencing.

Wood composite is easy to cut, drill and fasten using basic skills and regular tools. It is easily moulded into any desired shape without compromising its strength. You also don’t have to put much energy or money into maintaining composite wood, since it’s resistant to decay, moisture and rot.

Laminate Veneer

Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) is made for a timber merchant by assembling thin sheets of wood together with adhesive to create a solid panel. Usually, the grain of each veneer is parallel, but sometimes they are done cross-grained for added strength.

Characteristics of this kind of timber are:

  • Higher bending strength and stiffness than solid timber
  • Available in wide billets up to 105mm thick and 1200mm in width
  • Can be up to 12 meters in length
  • Can be made termite resistant with preservative treatment

Compared to other types of timber, LVL can be fabricated into almost any length, although check with your timber merchant for available sizes. It is also more fire-resistant, depending on the size and the timber species. Like other types of engineered wood, LVL can withstand moisture and rot, although suppliers recommend adding preservatives and protective coating for added protection.

Plywood

One of the essential modern building materials from a timber merchant is plywood, which is made by bonding thin veneers at right angles from one another in odd numbers to create very strong wood panels that are good for many purposes. Types of plywood are graded depending on the adhesive which binds the veneers, and how weather-resistant it is.

Because of the improved properties in its laminated structure, plywood offers enhanced stability compared to its parent wood. It can also accommodate up to twice its design load, which is useful for earthquakes and hurricanes. Because of this, plywood is utillised in a wide range of exterior, interior and structural applications, such as flooring, formwork and shear walls.

Consider Tile Importer for Your Engineered Wood Requirements

If you need help from a timber merchant in choosing lumber for your project, be sure to come by or call Tile Importers for expert assistance. Since 1978, we have become a one-stop solution for all construction and renovation needs.

We offer a complete range of engineered wood types, allowing you to choose something that suits your project, budget and lifestyle. Not sure which wood will work best for your project? Our friendly staff can recommend a timber type at a reasonable price.

Browse our site to view our range of high-quality timber or visit our warehouse to meet our team. We look forward to working with you.

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