Marine Plywood: Price, Types and Uses

marine plywood price

Learn all about the highest graded plywood in the industry and why the marine plywood price is worth paying.

Marine plywood 一 the name itself gives it a strong, powerful aura. When a plywood type is named after a term relating to the sea, it can be useful for every architect, designer and builder to know about it 一 its properties, advantages, and uses –especially while constructing structures that are close to beaches or come in contact with marine waters.  

Marine plywood, the highest-graded plywood with an Indian Standards Specification number 710, is a must-have requirement for most construction projects. Wondering why? Keep reading! In this blog, we’ll go over all the important aspects of Marine Plywood, including its properties, types and uses of marine plywood. Let’s start by answering a simple question. 

What Is Marine Plywood? 

Marine plywood is a type of plywood designed to be used in areas that are exposed to dampness or submerged in water; hence the name. It was initially invented in the 1930s when a new waterproof adhesive was developed. This grade of plywood was allegedly used to make boats during World War II. However, in today’s world, marine plywood manufacturers in India offer different marine plywood types that are best used to make outdoor furniture, boat parts, and coastal dwellings. 

Features of Marine Plywood 

Following are some of the salient features of marine plywood that set it apart from the rest of the plywood types. 

  • It has the ability to retain its integrity even after being exposed to water for long durations 
  • The special phenolic resin used in its manufacturing makes it water/moisture resistant
  • Marine plywood’s surface is smooth and poreless, preventing any water from seeping in 
  • It does not bend, snap or break under pressure 
  • It is the strongest plywood in the industry and has unmatchable strength 
  • Since it is made of thin veneer sheets, they are flexible and do not crack when bent 
  • They are more durable compared to normal wood and remain sustainable for decades
  • It has high density and thus offers high screw holding capacity 

Marine Plywood Grades  

Standard plywood comes in four grades: A, B, C, and D, with A being the best. When it comes to marine plywood, a dual grading system is followed. This means that both sides of the plywood sheet are graded separately. An A-B grade board of plywood, for example, has one side which is crisp, and practically flawless while the other side is a knottier, looser side. A-B grades are more economical where only one side of the plywood sheet is on display. 

Different marine plywood types offered by marine plywood manufacturers in India are as follows. 

HDO and MDO refer to a kind of plywood sheet where veneers are glued together tightly by soaking them in resin. Both these have A-A graded sides, but they weigh lighter than the A-A grade plywood sheets. 

Uses of Marine Plywood

Since Marine plywood is able to withstand 24/7 immersion in water, they are used in a wide range of construction work. They are most commonly used in the installation and construction of 一 

  • Docks
  • Piers
  • Birdhouses 
  • Lighthouses 
  • Sides of buildings 
  • Bathrooms 
  • Kitchens 
  • Patios and porches 

Marine Plywood Price 

The price of the plywood depends on the grade, thickness and region where it’s purchased from. Good quality marine plywood is on the expensive side of the spectrum but you can always cut back on the cost by opting for different grades based on your requirements. In approximation, a 6-millimetre-thick marine-grade plywood starts at ₹55 per square foot. However, these prices are subject to change based on market value. 

In conclusion, Marine-grade plywood is a good alternative for construction in regions where there is a lot of water and moisture. If you think that your next project will benefit a great deal from marine-grade plywood, reach out to the best marine plywood brand in India. Besides quality, ISI-certified marine plywood, AK group’s Apple ply offers a wide range of plywood, veneer boards and blockboards to help you make the best of your project. Contact us to get a free quotation now

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Prof Dr. Prasanth MA is the director of AK GROUP/ Apple Ply, one of the largest manufacturers in South India of plywood and allied wood products. He has over 25 years of experience in the plywood industry. He is also the Vice President of the South Indian Plywood Manufacturers Association (SIPMA).