Marine Grade Plywood Details
Our marine plywood sheets are built with a negligible core gap that it reduces any likelihood of water getting trapped between the layers. This provides a strong and stable glue board for extra strength as it prevets expansion or rotting that could otherwise lower the integrity of the sheet.
Traditionally marine plywood sheets lend themselves for use in decorative projects or in furniture such as an outdoor table, or in elements where moisture content may be of concern.
Marine ply has a smooth surface that’s ideal for staining and lacquering, but can be equally as beautiful without any finishing applications to highlight the clean, blemish-free wood. However, as our marine plywood is specialised for moisture intense environments it does not require finishing for protection against moisture.
All of our wood sheets can be cut, allowing for various designs and finishes. The thinner sheets of ply are easy to work with and can be cut, routed and assembled easily as they’re light and easy to manoeuvre.
On the other hand, our thicker marine plywood sheets, such as our 18mm marine plywood, also provide fantastic load-bearing properties, giving stability and strength to any project as well as moisture-resistant properties. We provide all plywood sheets in a wide variety of thicknesses that can be cut to any shape or size to suit your needs.
If you are unsure about what specific thickness you will need, get in contact and we can be sure to assist you.
Key Features of Marine Plywood
We construct our Marine plywood by glueing marine veneers with a negligible gap between each veneer, creating a hardwearing sheet that is also light and malleable. Comparably, this glued plywood sheet is a lighter and cheaper alternative to pure solid wood.
Marine ply has a smooth surface that’s ideal for painting, staining, and lacquering, but can be equally stunning without any finishing applications to highlight the clean, blemish-free wood. When used without finishing, our marine plywoods are still fully capable of protection against moisture.
Built with a negligible core gap, our marine plywood sheets reduce the likelihood of water getting trapped between the layers. This provides a strong and stable glue board for extra strength as it prevets expansion or rotting that could otherwise lower the integrity of the sheet.
Compared to a solid piece of water-resistant wood of the same size, our marine plywood works out as an inexpensive solution yet delivers the same desired aesthetic and properties.
All of our marine plywood sheets are perfectly easy to machine and cut, allowing us to customise your sheet to fit any requirements that you require.
Uses & Applications of Marine Ply
|Material||Wood - Plywood|
|Available Thicknesses||9mm, 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 25mm|
|Maximum Sheet Size||2420mm x 1220mm|
|Minimum Sheet Size||100mm x 50mm|
|Manufacturers Tolerances||+/- 10% plus 0.4mm (e.g. 5mm cast sheet could vary from 4.1mm to 5.9mm)|
|Cutting Tolerances||+/- 1mm|
Frequently Asked Questions about Marine Plywood
Is marine plywood waterproof?
Marine plywood is not waterproof, however, it has a negligible core gap so that the likelihood of water getting trapped between the layers is minimised. This provides a strong and stable glue bond for extra strength.
What is special about marine plywood?
Marine plywood is special as it prevents water from getting trapped between the layers of the real wood veneers. As such it creates a sheet that is more water-resistant than normal plywood and is ideal for those intending on utilising it around water.
What is the best way to seal marine plywood?
Since marine plywood is typically used around or in water, you’ll need to treat every surface of the wood with sealant. You can find a good waterproof penetrating epoxy to be ideal as it works deep into the wood, dries transparent, and requires less maintenance than other types of sealant.
Do you need marine grade plywood?
We recommend marine grade plywood around any instance where your sheet is going to be near water.
How much is marine plywood?
Our marine plywood ranges in price from £62 per square metre to £150 depending on thickness. This does not include any cutouts, drilled holes or any additional means of alterations.
Can you paint plywood?
You can paint plywood, but be sure to use primer, as plywood will absorb more paint than you would expect so the primer seals the plywood, and allows it to take to the paint more easily keeping your surface smooth and sealed.
Can you bend plywood?
It is possible to bend plywood. There are numerous ways of bending plywood, but if you are after a sheet that cannot be bent, look at our MDF sheeting.
What is plywood used for?
Plywood can be used for a wide range of versatile structural applications whether interior or exterior, from furniture to internal panelling.
How strong is plywood?
Plywood is relatively strong as it is numerous layers of wood pressed together. For a stronger piece of plywood, look for 5-ply or multi-ply sheets as these will have more layers, and thus more strength.
What are the types of plywood?
We sell a variety of types of plywood, including softwood, hardwood, marine, and birch, all of which have specific characteristics and will aid specific projects. For more information on the respected types, read their descriptions at the bottom of their product pages.
Can I cut plywood?
It is possible to cut plywood yourself, but we are able to do it for you if you request at the point of ordering. To do so yourself please follow safety procedures, and use a sharp saw else you risk the sheet breaking.
How is plywood made?
Plywood is made by glueing a series of thin veneered sheets of wood together. Each adjacent layer is rotated by up to 90 degrees to reduce the risk of splitting when nailed in at the edges. This technique, referred to as cross-grain, improves strength, stability and prevents warping, making it an excellent general-purpose construction panel.
How do you seal plywood edges?
Plywood should be sealed to prevent moisture from affecting the sheets and causing warping. The sealant you use will depend based on how you intend to use the plywood, but you should use something quick-drying and can withstand all temperatures, and be compatible with paint if you intend to paint your plywood.