Have you been thinking that 2021 is the year of the renovations? Wanting to upgrade your home’s appearance? There are many different ways of upgrading your home, from stainless steel kitchen appliances to fancier shower heads, but have you ever thought of marine plywood for your interior flooring? Which one is right for your home? Here in Hollywood, Florida, Premium Decking Products has an extensive selection of flooring for both home and outside. We can help you decide which would work the best in your home and provide lasting beauty.
What Is Marine Grade Wood?
As the name suggests, this plywood is specifically used for boats and other high-water contact areas, such as docks, boardwalks, and even some decking. Regular plywood typically has three layers that are bound together with waterproof adhesive, while marine lumber has five or more layers. Marine treated plywood is highly treated and water resistant, as anyone who sails or boats knows, you don’t want a boat falling apart as soon as there’s any damage done and water enters in.
Regular Plywood Vs. Marine Plywood
So which is better?, you may ask, but the answer isn’t as clear cut as that. Since they are different types of wood for slightly different purposes, one isn’t going to be “better” than the other per se. The ultimate decision will be in your hands on which one will prove to be able to handle your home’s specific needs. Some people may not have to worry about storms potentially entering their home, while others may need to worry about durability as their house is always filled with people and kids.
With those added layers of protection, marine wood is by far much sturdier than regular plywood. This allows you to even use a thinner sheet of marine wood as opposed to more layers of plywood. With so many layers of waterproofing, marine lumber fights against warping and shrinking superbly, able to withstand high sea amounts of pressure, along with an overflowing tub or boiling water being spilled on it. It’s a great resistance against steam and humidity, making it ideal for bathrooms and kitchens. Regular plywood contains more voids than marine, leaving more spaces and air pockets in each layer, leaving it less sturdy than marine wood.
Marine wood is also easier to cut and mold into the spaces in your home, making it easier to install. It’s also great at taking in paint and has a smoother, less splintery appearance than regular plywood. One downside to marine wood is the cost, however, as it can be pricier than regular plywood per sheet. Although sold in most locations, marine wood may not be available at every store, or at least as easily as regular plywood can be found.
The Bottom Line
As previously mentioned, a lot of your final decision is going to be based on what you and your home needs to thrive. Essentially, marine wood is ready for a fight in your home, prepared to protect, as regular plywood is reliable and cheaper. If you’re in a more humid climate and experience a lot more moisture in your home, marine lumber may be the way to go. If you’re in a desert state and don’t have a lot of foot traffic in your home or major spills or accidents, then regular plywood may be just enough protection for your home.
Can’t make up your mind which one is best for your home? Don’t fret, call Premium Decking Products and we can help! We assist not only in the installation of your flooring, but also the planning. Located in Hollywood, Florida, we know what it’s like living in a more humid climate, and can answer your flooring questions. Call us today!