Laminated solid plywood wall shelf direct from factory
Size : 110cm x 26cm x 5cm
Fiberboard Vs. Plywood
Fiberboard and plywood are two building materials that can be used for similar applications. Both products are created using wood or wood by-products glued together under high pressure. They are both commonly used from the ground floor to the roof in most structures but have specific differences that make them unequal in their applications.
Fiberboard and plywood are both sometimes used as a type of paneling on recreation rooms, industrial or commercial buildings. It serves two purposes when used in this manner: It provides excellent insulation and structural integrity. When stained, both products provide a complex pattern. Fiberboard has a blotchy, textured look that is not altogether unpleasing. It is very consistent in appearance and can look trendy when stained properly. Plywood has a more benign look and often has numerous defects such as knots and patches. For appearance after it is stained, fiberboard is superior to plywood.
For all structural purposes, plywood is much stronger than fiberboard. Plywood is made from several individual layers glued together perpendicular to each other to provide strength. Fiberboard is made from individual random chunks of wood glued together under pressure without grain patterns. This means that fiberboard can break or crack randomly anywhere along the surface. Fiberboard will also bend far easier than plywood because it has no real internal structure to it. When structural strength is needed, plywood should be used. When a simple cover is needed such as in floor preparation for tile or even as a precursor to outdoor siding when support is not needed, fiberboard is fine.
Moisture and Weathering
While fiberboard and plywood can both be purchased in exterior grades, plywood has superior weathering properties. Plywood has a grain pattern that seals tighter against moisture penetration than fiberboard. Fiberboard has thousands of small joints where the chunks of wood bond together. If only a few of the chunks do not bond properly, moisture can penetrate into the interior of the sheet. Fiberboard also has a tendency to swell and will grow to several times its normal thickness if excessive moisture is present. Moisture penetration is also a problem for plywood, but plywood resists moisture far better than fiberboard even when they are both treated with sealant or paint. Whenever there is a question about moisture, plywood should be used in place of fiberboard.
Cost and Environmental
Cost is the overriding factor when choosing plywood over fiberboard. Fiberboard is far cheaper than plywood and can save thousands of dollars when used in place of plywood. Fiberboard uses scraps of wood that would otherwise go to waste. It recycles wood products and is a by-product that doesn't require that trees be cut down. Plywood also utilizes wood by-products for the layering on the inside, but the outside veneer of plywood is peeled directly from the tree trunk, to provide the grain pattern and the inherent strength of plywood.