Plywood is necessary for a broad range of construction and DIY projects around the home. Retailers that sell wood can expect a high demand for plywood throughout the year. However, it is important to understand the various types available and ensure that you stock the types of plywood that your customers are seeking. Here is a closer look at the best types of plywood for retailers to carry.
Types Of Plywood
Below is a list of the types of plywood a retailer should carry in their warehouse.
The “ply” in plywood refers to a layer of veneer that is used to create the different thicknesses of the plywood. When more ply is used, the board is stronger and thicker. In fact, plywood that has fewer plies will be weaker than plywood with more plies, even if the two plywoods have the same thickness. Plywood needs a minimum of three plies and typically uses an odd number of plies. Here is a look at the different types of ply to keep in stock.
Three-ply is one of the most widely used types of plywood. Measuring between two and three millimeters thick, it is typically used inside thanks to its more aesthetically pleasing appearance than thicker boards of plywood.
Another type of plywood you will want to keep in stock is five-ply given it tremendous versatility. Measuring around 4 millimeters thick, it can be used indoors as well as outdoors and is stronger than the three-ply variety.
Plywood that has seven or more plies is considered to be multi-ply. This type of plywood offers superior strength and can be used for framing, roofing and other types of exterior structural projects.
Special Types Of Plywood
In addition to carrying a good range of plies, there are a few different styles of plywood that you should keep in stock.
Marine-grade plywood is a type of plywood made using waterproof glue, which makes it suitable for projects where the wood could be exposed to moisture or high temperatures. It is considered lightweight and strong, and it is a good idea to stock it in sizes ranging from 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch.
ACX Douglas fir plywood is considered one of the highest grades of plywood thanks to its significant strength and durability. Retailers should consider stocking it in sizes from 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch.
ACX Radiata pine plywood is another popular choice that combines strength and durability with a smooth and sanded finish, making it a good choice for projects that will involve sanding and painting. Consider stocking this plywood in sizes from 1/4 inch to one inch.
Southern Yellow Pine Plywood
Stiff and strong, southern yellow pine plywood is ideal for roof and wall sheeting projects. This type of plywood is light and uses a moisture resistant glue for the ultimate protection from outdoor elements.
Also known as medium-density overlay plywood, this is made using a layer of weather-resistant fiber that has been infused with resin to withstand heavy exterior use.
These days, there is an impressive range of treated plywood products that meet the needs of different types of projects. Retailers should consider carrying the following in-demand treated products.
CCA, or chromated copper arsenate, is a type of wood preservative that gives plywood long-term resistance to termites, rot and decay. Known by its distinctive green tint, it has been a popular choice since it first emerged in the mid-1930s.
Micro-Guard is a type of pressure-treated plywood that offers protection from fungal decay, corrosion and termites. The best type of Micro-Guard plywood to stock is the variety that has been kiln-dried after treatment (KDAT) to keep it at a workable moisture level and prevent future issues such as warping, crowning or buckling.
Pyro Guard Plywood
Pyro Guard is a type of fire-retardant treated plywood that is made in accordance with the quality control procedures laid out in the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES). You can stock a range of Pyro Guard products including underlayment grade tongue-and-groove plywood, ACX plywood and rated sheathing plywood.
Exterior Fire X Plywood
Exterior Fire X, also known as XFX, is a type of pressure-impregnated, fire-retardant plywood that offers comprehensive fire protection and is ideal for projects that will be exposed to hot temperatures outdoors and in humid environments, although it can be used inside as well. Known for providing the workability of regular wood with protection from fire, it is best to stock it in a range of sizes.
Reach Out To The Plywood Experts
If you are looking for a dependable supplier of quality plywood at a reasonable price for retail purposes, get in touch with the experts at Curtis Lumber and Plywood. We only stock top-quality products, and we specialize in treated plywood. Our experienced staff will be happy to guide you on the best type of plywood to keep in stock.