If you’re considering reconstruction of part of your home, there is no doubt about which type of material is the best choice: ACX Plywood. This plywood is made of a higher-grade material and comes in many different sizes. ACX Plywood can also be utilized for certain outdoor structures, but it is not suitable for every exterior project. Certain types of wood are more susceptible to rot and decay than others and not every type of wood can withstand exposure to moisture. Therefore, be sure to perform sufficient research before beginning your endeavor.
Let’s examine the origin of ACX Plywood, which is notably different from other treated products, and its top uses.
What Is ACX Plywood?
Each letter in “ACX” has a specific meaning. The “A” refers to the side of the wood that is deemed the “face” or the “preferred” side. This side, which is visible, has fewer knots and defects. The “C” designates the back side of the plywood and the “X” is used to indicate the exterior adhesive that glues the two wood panels together. This glue is typically waterproof so that the plywood can be shielded from the rain and other inclement weather patterns. Similar to other plywoods, ACX Plywood is environmentally friendly due to the fact that it is not made entirely of traditional wood.
Plywood production in the United States also remains notably high as people continue to choose it for indoor or certain outdoor projects. According to Statista, approximately 729 million cubic feet of plywood and veneer were produced in the U.S. in 2017. This figure has been steadily increasing since 2009. Veneer, of course, refers to the thin decorative layer of fine wood applied to a more coarse type of wood in order to give it a smoother finish.
Plywood, which is extremely durable, is typically the go-to material for construction projects, especially indoor ones like flooring and wall building. Here are some of the outdoor and indoor projects for which the use of plywood is ideal.
Certain Outdoor Projects
Some outdoor structures such as sheds, which require durable floorboards and covering on the exterior, can be built using ACX Plywood. The “X” part — the adhesive — of this type of plywood is what allows it to be exposed to moisture.
Nevertheless, ACX Plywood should not be utilized for other exterior structures like porches and decks. You should use CCA-treated wood for projects like these, and Marine-Grade plywood for boat hulls or other structures that will be in contact with moisture.
If you’re aiming to redo your floors and give them a professional appearance, ACX Plywood is the right material to choose. It should be noted, however, that this type of wood is usually more expensive than other kinds of plywood. According to one report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average price of softwood plywood (one example of which is Douglas Fir) in 1997 was $235/cubic meter, while the price of oriented strandboard plywood at that time was $185/cubic meter.
Similar to durable flooring, ACX Plywood is ideal for wall building because of its strength and durability. Be sure to seek recommendations on what types of precautions to take and how to hand this type of plywood before using it.
For shelves and cabinets and other structures that should be laminated, sanded, and/or painted, ACX Radiata Pine Plywood is recommended because it is smooth and almost entirely devoid of defects.
Contact The ACX Plywood Professionals
Speak to the experts at Curtis Lumber & Plywood in Springfield, Virginia to learn more about the best ways to use ACX Plywood. We are an independently-owned-and-operated wholesale lumber distributor that has specialized in both plywood and treated lumber since 1957.
Since then, we have been dedicated to efficiently serving retail lumber dealers throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Our team is highly knowledgeable about all types of plywoods, including ACX, Marine-Grade, Medium Density Overlay (MDO) and Southern Yellow Pine. We sell ACX Douglas Fir Plywood in five different sizes:
We are able to furnish direct trailer load shipments or can pull orders to the piece for special projects. We also answer our own phones! Call Curtis Lumber & Plywood today at (703) 972-1947 or contact us online for more information about our work as Northern Virginia’s top wholesale lumber distributor.