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Perks Of Using Engineered Wood For Your Next Project Or Product

by Sally Burke

Are you looking to create a project or product that will use wood as part of the materials? Before you get started, there's another option you might want to look into and that's using engineered wood instead of natural wood as your material of choice. Here are just some of the benefits that engineered wood products can provide you or your customers.

Multiple Layers Improve Strength

Engineered wood takes wood fibers or veneers and layers them together with adhesive to form a composite product. The added adhesive and the composite nature of this wood make the entire piece stronger than it would be if it was just a piece of natural wood all the way through. If you are creating something like furniture that you want to be extra sturdy and stand the test of time, engineered wood can help provide the long-term strength and durability you are looking for.

Multiple Layers Reduce Warping and Splitting

A natural piece of wood may contract or expand if the temperature changes. But when you simply take wood fibers and form them into a composite held together with adhesive, this is not going to happen to the same level. Expanding and contracting natural wood is how warping and splitting can happen over time, so by going this route instead you will be ridding yourself of a potential long-term hassle and once again boosting the product's long-term durability.

Lower the Price Tag

A wood composite uses fewer natural resources than natural wood. Because there's less real wood involved here, the price tag will generally be lower when comparing engineered wood to natural wood of the same size. This can help you get the natural wood look that you want for your product without putting the project over budget. You can provide yourself or your customers with the aesthetics of natural wood without having to pay for natural wood prices.

Less Natural Wood Is Better for the Environment

Because engineered or composite wood uses fewer natural resources as was just described, this is also good for the environment as well as your company's environmental footprint. If you are intending to produce this new product at high volume, using composite wood is an environmentally-friendly choice.

Break Out the Nail Gun

With natural wood, you might not be able to use a nail gun or other tools that might cause the wood to splinter in certain spots if you aren't careful. But because engineered wood is being held together by adhesive all the way through, you won't have to worry as much about putting nails or other fasteners into the wood. 

For more info about engineered wood products, contact a local company.