5% OFF orders £50+ with SPRING24 | Spring Clearance - Up to 30% off


Types of Plywood & Their Uses

About author

Adam Payne

Production Supervisor

plywood sheets
11 January 2021 Edited 29 April 2024 7 min read
Types of Plywood & Their Uses

Plywood sheets offer professional and consistent results. As a commonly used material popular within construction industries, plywood serves as a stable framework for the possibilities high-quality wood can bring.

Further to this, plywood is not only cost-effective but is also a versatile wood that is reliable and delivers excellent levels of strength. From floors to walls, roofing to partitions, plywood sheets have a multitude of uses.

Our plywood sheets are made from veneers that are glued in layers to create a consistent and incredibly tough material that is also light and easy to machine. This creates a bonded sheet with stronger properties and all the benefits of using pure wood.

While we offer a multitude of plywood varieties, often it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your task. Please note that while we have created this guide to assist you in choosing your plywood, ultimately it is your responsibility to research what material best suits your project.

This guide will take you through the different practical uses of our plywood sheets, giving you the best material for your project.

Practical Uses of Plywood

  Birch Marine Hardwood Softwood

Birch Plywood

As one of the most common commercially available plywood boards, birch plywood is associated with being used in countless applications both in the home and construction space. With smooth real birch wood veneers, our birch plywood is a pale hardwood with a cream colour. As an engineered wood sheet constructed by glueing birch veneers together, all of our birch plywood boards are durable and versatile giving them longevity for all projects. Specifically, Birch plywood boasts a universality of adapting to multiple situations.

Marine Plywood

The properties associated with marine plywood make it ideal for applications in environments where it will be involved with large amounts of water such as outside or on boats, where humidity and moisture levels are higher. Unlike other types of plywood, marine can resist the bending, warping or delaminating that can often occur as a result of too much moisture affecting the board.

The negligible vacuum between the marine plywood veneers prevents water from affecting the adhesive between the layers, reinforcing the board’s durability and longevity in wet environments.

Some marine plywood thicknesses have a green tint in appearance, whilst others are the more familiar brown.

4mm birdh plywood sheet 4mm birdh plywood sheet

Birch Plywood

marine plywood sheet marine plywood sheet

Marine Plywood

Hardwood Plywood

Our hardwood plywood sheets are ideal for use in decorative projects; furniture; millwork in the creation of chests, built-in closets and wardrobes. Hardwood plywood is also a fantastic material for use in kitchens, cabinets or doors. Traditionally used as a way of aesthetically finishing a project, hardwood plywood is best suited to situations where visuals are most important.

Softwood Plywood

Softwood, also known as shuttering plywood, is a rough-grade sheet used as an inexpensive carpentry material. The type of wood we offer as default is a Brazilian softwood sheet with a C+/C grade. This is well-suited to roofing, wall construction, or general joinery applications.

Softwood plywood sheets are typically made from wood such as cedar, spruce, pine and fir, collectively known as spruce-pine-fir or SPF.

hardwood plywood sheets hardwood plywood sheets

Hardwood Plywood

softwood plywood sheets softwood plywood sheets

Softwood Plywood

Traditionally softwoods are most commonly used for general building, roofing and concrete frameworks, or any application where the technical specification of the product is more important than the appearance of the wood.

  Birch Marine Hardwood Softwood


Orders Shipped


Pieces Cut to Size


5* Reviews 

UK's Leading Supplier of Cut to Size Materials

With over 7,000 5-star reviews backing our quality, speed and service, you know you can count on us. Whether DIY or trade, huge contract or small - we deliver the goods, tailored to your specs, on time and budget. Don't waste time searching - discover why over 300,000 happy customers have chosen us for all their cut-to-size wood, plastic and metal since 2016.

Join our DIY community

A friendly place to share your DIY projects, get advice from the experts in the group and even pick up ideas for your next home make over.

Related posts
stack of plywood sheets
OSB vs. Plywood: Pros, Cons, Costs and Uses
8 September 2023
Edited 2 February 2024
waterproofing plywood
How to Waterproof Plywood: 7 Effective Methods
9 August 2023
Edited 24 May 2024
plywood vs mdf sheets
MDF vs. Plywood: Which is Better for Your Project?
9 August 2023
Edited 29 April 2024
Customer Services

We're Here to Help

Our Help Centre is available 24/7 to explore FAQs, discover DIY ideas and advice, and even ask our community of fellow DIY enthusiasts.