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Want to give your home a ply­wood up­date? Here’s all you need to know

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Ply­wood is a sheet ma­te­rial formed from thin lay­ers of wood ve­neer (in Flem­ming’s house, pine). Each layer is glued to­gether at a right an­gle to the one be­low to give the fin­ished prod­uct added strength. The sheets typ­i­cally come in thick­nesses of four, six, nine or 12 mil­lime­tres. A ver­sa­tile ma­te­rial, it can be used in­side and out (although you should look for an ex­te­ri­or­grade ply­wood, which has wa­ter re­sis­tance, if you are plan­ning to use it out­doors) for pan­elling, flooring and fur­ni­ture. Want to use it in a bath­room or kitchen? Look for Ma­rine Ply, which is made with wa­ter­proof ad­he­sive – you will still need to seal it us­ing a suit­able paint or var­nish, though. ➤

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