Plywood is very sturdy because of the way it’s made. It’s generally layered several times over which adds more strength to the materials. It will outperform other sheeting products when it comes to its durability. Cost is a great advantage with plywood materials. You can build furniture, shelves, and many other things for a fraction of the cost than solid wood. Plywood is often just as strong and can be finished to look great. So if cost is a factor, then plywood is definitely a pro to consider.
- Once reserved for subfloors and sheathing, construction-grade plywood is now making a splash as affordable residential finish flooring.
- There are two basic ways to go: Remove the existing flooring, such as carpet or vinyl, and then refinish the plywood subfloor beneath, or install new plywood, cut into planks, squares, or even small shapes to form a medallion design, atop an existing subfloor.
- Whichever route you choose, if you take your time, pay attention to detail, and apply a tough topcoat such as polyurethane to stand up to everyday foot traffic, you can create a stunning, one-of-a-kind floor.
“Plywood floors are suitable for any room where you’d otherwise install hardwood, though kitchens and bathrooms are less desirable since frequent water spills are likely.”