Today the construction of buildings has expanded in several ways. The number of materials such as cement, sand, brick, wood, steel, etc required for building a structure from scratch is unbeatable. Every material plays a significant role in promoting the strength and durability of the structure for a long period. In all these materials, the use of wood for building dates back to centuries when there were no proper infrastructures. It is also said that the construction of buildings started from wood.
Today wood is being used to support buildings or to make furniture for them. The demand for wooden items or wood itself is very high due to the furniture in the home, offices, etc. But now, every time, wood can be a good pick. If a wooden item is exposed to moisture in places like the kitchen, toilet, or bathroom, that furniture or items start to decay. Because of this, plywood was made to fulfil the needs of wood with added benefits. As these materials are a major part of our day-to-day lives, we must verify the authenticity of the furniture and ensure the material is worthy of every single penny.
1. Width of the plywood
One of the easiest ways to determine the quality of the plywood that you are buying is by checking the thickness of the plywood. The general thickness or the ideal thickness that determines the quality of the plywood should be between 4mm to 25mm.
While checking the plywood, make sure that you check the overall length of the plywood and check if the width is consistent throughout. One simple and easy way to check this is by knocking the plywood at different places and inspecting the sound that comes from it. If you hear differences in the sound at different places, it is not the best plywood quality check.
2. The external appearance of the plywood
If you want to know the quality of the plywood, one of the easiest ways is to look at the surface of the plywood. If the plywood has a surface that looks smooth and feels smooth, then it can be a quality product. Another way to check its quality is by inspecting the sides of the plywood. If you see any gaps and uneven lines in them, then that plywood is probably not the best quality plywood.
3. Check for ISI Mark on the plywood
Always purchase items not only plywood that has ISI (Indian Standard Industry) mark on it. It is an important standard mark that is given to all the products in India. If you are purchasing plywood that has this mark, you can rest assured because this mark ensures quality. It will prevent you from being scammed into buying cheap quality products at an expensive price. Here is a list of things you can look for to ensure that the mark itself is not a fake one.
- The MR (moisture resistant) and BWR (Boiling water resistant) rates must have the ID of 303.
- The IS of the BWR grade should be 701.
- You can also check for the seven-digit CM/L number that is mentioned on all the legit ISI stamps.
These numbers possess all the information about the plywood manufacturer on the BIS website (the bureau of Indian standards). Other than the ISI mark, there can be a CVI (Conformance Verification International) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification to ensure that you buy products that are of high quality and eco-friendly.
4. Check for a warranty card for the plywood
When a product has a warranty card, it makes sure that the product is of high quality. When brands trust that their products are of high quality, they sometimes extend the warranty period of their product’s life. So before purchasing anything, not only plywood, you should look for a warranty card.
5. Touch test for the plywood
If you are physically visiting a store to buy plywood for your home instead of purchasing it online, you can do- a full examination or a quality check of the plywood yourself. Here are some of the ways you can find the best quality plywood.
- Check if the surfaces have any holes or bumps, and make sure it is smooth overall.
- You can ask for a vernier caliper and check the thickness of the plywood, which should be consistent throughout.
- You can ask for a small piece of plywood and check the cross-section of it. If the cross-section contains overlapping layers and gaps or uneven lines, you should leave it and find another one because it would be of cheap quality.
- Knock the plywood at all the places and ensure that the sound coming is similar, or else give it back and find another one.
- Always make sure that the plywood you are buying has not undergone any warping or bending.
6. CenturyPromise App
CenturyPromise is an app by Centuryply. The app contains all the information about the manufacturer, materials, and process of making the plywood. CenturyPly plywood would have a QR code that, when scanned, will provide you with all the data required to make the right choice. The app is available for the customers, too so that they can be confident in buying the right plywood on the right budget and can also download e-warranty certificate.
These are some of the ways you can check the quality of the plywood you are purchasing without putting in much effort and time. Many fraudsters scam people when the customers have little to no knowledge about how to inspect the quality. This article will surely help you next time when you go to buy plywood for your home.