Patented in the 19th century, plywood has not lost its popularity nowadays. On the contrary, the demand for this all-purpose material continues to grow as it constantly finds new areas of application. Architects and designers recognize this material for its cost-effectiveness and simple brilliance.
Plywood proved its utility and durability for building exteriors long ago, but one of the recent trends is plywood in interior design. And not only refined plywood of high grades and highest quality is used for this purpose now, but, surprisingly, the one with knots and other natural imperfections, which is appreciated for its aesthetic, as well as money it saves.
Baltic birch plywood has smooth surface and wavy patterned wood look. Sanded plywood of high grades does not require any finishing. At the same time, people motivated by economy choose plywood of lower grades and obtain the perfect sheathing material after they give it some extra treatment like sanding and patching.
Another important issue inspiring the use of plywood in interior design is its sustainability. Environmentally conscious suppliers have FSC (the Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certificates proving that the raw material for their products come from well-managed forests. Another concern is the level of formaldehyde emission. Responsible manufacturers try to reduce the pollution introducing new eco-friendly adhesives.
Plywood is a durable material aimed to serve for more than just a few years, which make it perfect for long-lasting structures.