Marine Plywood – What’s The Difference?
marine plywood


Written by Maddie

People often ask us what the difference is between regular hardwood plywood and marine plywood. We’ve put together an article to provide more insight. Although both are constructed using hardwoods, there are some key differences. Hardwood plywood is made with fewer, thicker layers. Sometimes the interior layers have voids or holes, which aren’t visible until the ply is cut. However, marine plywood is made using up to five layers which are bonded with a waterproof adhesive. 


Hardwood plywood can be constructed from various hardwood species, whereas marine ply is made from water resistant tropical hardwood. This species is naturally water resistant, when the marine plywood is exposed to water, it’s resistant to shrinking, rotting and warping. Marine ply is the optimal choice in applications where moisture levels are higher. Essentially, it’s a  more water-durable version of hardwood ply. 

However, this doesn’t mean that the product is waterproof, it just performs well in conditions where a high degree of moisture is present over a long period of time. This is why it is often used for interior marine projects. Our marine plywood is made in accordance with BS1088 and third party verified (Q mark). 

Whether you require one panel or many, our marine plywood cut to size service is here to make your DIY project a breeze.

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