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    PLYWOOD: AN ENDURING LOOK

    At PlaceMakers, we take pride in being the industry's go-to plywood experts, committed to serving both seasoned builders and DIYers alike. With a comprehensive range that spans all types of ply, from form to marine and structural to non-structural ply, we've got you covered for every project.

    BUILDING WITH PLYWOOD

    Learn more about what's possible when building with ply and the changes in production to make it safer for use and more sustainable.

    A safer, lower impact treatment. MCA (Micronized Cooper Azole) offers the same protection as traditional CCA (Chromated copper arsenate) H3.2 but has less toxicity and causes no ecotoxic or other environmental impacts.

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    The shortage of Gib Board during the covid crisis not only slowed down the speed of building, as well as driving costs up, it made architects and builders start looking more seriously at alternatives beyond plasterboard.

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    Structural plywood offers a reliable solution for applications requiring long-term load-bearing and structural performance. In this article, we'll explore what defines structural plywood and how to identify it on-site.

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    THE PLYWOOD PROCESS

    Find out how our plywood partner IPL Plywood produces exceptional plywood products from Pinus Radiata. Crafted on the coast - made for New Zealand.

    OUR TRUSTED PLYWOOD PARTNERS

    With stock on hand - we’re ready to supply your job from the best plywood manufacturers in New Zealand.

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    EXPLORE THE PLACEMAKERS PLYWOOD RANGE

    We understand that choosing the right plywood can be a critical decision, and that's why our range not only offers incredible breadth and unparalleled depth. Our commitment to quality ensures that you'll find the perfect product for your job. Explore our extensive plywood range, and let us be your trusted partner on your journey to building success. PlaceMakers - where expertise meets inspiration, and the right product is just a click away.

    Form plywood is specifically manufactured for use in making concrete forms. Strong and stiff, form plywood is overlaid with heavy-duty, phenolic resin paper on one or both sides to create a non-stick surface. This prevents the concrete from adhering to the form and enables easy removal and re-use of the form plywood. The water-repellant overlay paper also prevents moisture from the concrete from damaging the plywood veneers and creates a smooth finish to the concrete. This saves construction time and labour on finishing grinding. When used for concrete subfloors, form plywood must have an F stress grade rating.

    Form Ply Specifications
    Strength Non-Structural, F8, F14, F17
    Treatment Untreaded. H3 Skinned: Not skinned, 1 Face, 2 Face
    Thickness 12.5mm, 17mm, 17.5mm
    Profile Square Edge, Tongue and Groove (T&G)
    Certification AS2269
    Cores Pine, Poplar, Hardwood
    Check your Trade Price
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    Exterior cladding plywood can be an inexpensive way to clad a house or other lightweight structures or to add accents to a design. Available in either a grooved or rough sawn finish, cladding plywood can be either painted or stained to achieve a variety of looks. Strong, yet lightweight, these treated panels are made from New Zealand Radiata Pine and have vertical shiplap joints for easy and watertight installation. As non-bracing cladding, they are manufactured to achieve a minimum of 15 years’ durability*. Plywood cladding cannot be used for all buildings, and you should check the manufacturer’s specifications. A full range of aluminum flashings are available to make installation easy. *In accordance with NZBC Clause B2 Durability.

    Cladding Ply Specifications
    Strength Structural only
    Treatment H3.1 and H3.2
    Thickness 12mm
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    Shop Cladding Ply

    Roofing Plywood is a structural grade plywood with a plastic tongue and groove down the long edge of the sheet for easy joining over roof trusses. This is the major difference to the product. As a structural ply, it is certified to AS/NZS 2269 and available in F8 and F11 stress grades. When laying roofing ply, the sheet should always be laid perpendicular to the roof truss to achieve the maximum structural strength, and the sheets should be staggered. Roof ply comes in an unsanded DD surface grade which gives roofers extra grip when installing. As a roofing substrate normally used under shingles or bitumen, care needs to be taken to seal any cut edges with a preservative treatment.

    Roofing Ply Specifications
    Strength Structural, F8, and F11/F8
    Treatment Untreated. H3.2 CCA treated.
    Thickness 15mm to 25mm
    Certification AS2269
    Cores Pine
    Check your Trade Price
    Shop Roofing Ply

    As the name suggests marine plywood is primarily used for boat building, where its superior qualities of strength, consistency and impact resistance have made it the “go to” material for decades. But marine ply also suits a wide number of applications where moisture can be an issue. Kitchens, laundry areas - even saunas and swimming pool changing rooms are ideal locations for marine ply. The main difference with marine ply is the waterproof resin (glue) between each of the thin layers of wood. As well as the resin, marine ply must be constructed to British Standard. But even with these elements, marine ply still needs layers of treatment to maximise its lifespan. The rule of thumb is a layer of epoxy sealant per layer of wood in the ply. Due to its special nature marine plywood is available from PlaceMakers on special order.

    Marine Ply Specifications
    Strength Non Structural only
    Treatment Untreated only
    Thickness 4mm, 6mm, 10mm, 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 25mm
    Certification BS1088
    Cores Various
    Check your Trade Price
    Shop Marine Ply

    Interior plywood lining is easy to use, comes in a range of profiles, wood types and colours that help homeowners and designers create amazing finishes. Whether you're after a clean, natural look or a traditional tongue and groove effect - plywood is an economical answer. Improved bracing characteristics mean some new interior plywood panels can now be attached directly to the house framing - instead of over gib board. This can save homeowners plenty of money on their project. From garages to tiny homes, or to sleek Scandinavian look high-end residences, plywood linings are proving more popular than ever.

    Interior Lining Ply Specifications
    Strength Non Structural
    Treatment Untreated
    Thickness Various
    Profile V grooved, Appearance Grade.
    Check your Trade Price
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    Plywood is one of the most popular flooring sheet products as has excellent strength and bracing properties and is easy to install and maintain. Made in New Zealand from sustainable Radiata Pine, ply flooring is ideal for residential, commercial, and industrial projects. The most common thickness for ply flooring is 19mm and the most common treatment is H3.2. Treated ply flooring should be used for the “wet” areas such as bathrooms and laundries. However, some builders prefer to take the extra precaution of using H3.2 treated plywood for the entire building. Flooring ply comes with a tongue and groove (T&G) edge system for a better join, this also means sheets do not need to be joined on the floor joists.

    Flooring Ply Specifications
    Strength F8, F11/F8, F11
    Treatment Untreated. H3
    Thickness 12mm, 15mm, 17mm, 19mm, 21mm
    Certification AS2269
    Cores Pine
    Check your Trade Price
    Shop Flooring Ply

    Only structurally tested plywood has a strength rating. Any ply without a strength rating is considered “non-structural”. Architects, engineers and builders need to know the strengths of the components when designing a building. That’s why they often choose structural plywood. Another key feature of structural plywood is whether it is H3-treated or not. It’s easy to tell the difference as treated plywood has a green look. Structural plywood needs to be H3 treated for exterior use. Structural plywood also has a visual grading system with an A grade being the best and a D grade, the worst (i.e can have knots and defects showing). Visual grading can also be mixed. For example, a sheet can be rated BD, which means the front (B) has a clear face and the back (D) has a poor face. This can be cost effective when only one side of the plywood is visible. (e.g. up against a wall)

    Structural Ply Specifications
    Strength Structural F8/F5, F8/F8, F11/F11
    Treatment Untreated, H3.1 and H3.2
    Thickness Various
    Grading A - Very Good through to D - Allows Knots and defects
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    Non-structural plywood is a great solution for projects which don’t need to provide structural performance or load-bearing qualities. It’s a great option for temporary hoardings, small projects such as building a dolls house and non-structural packaging. A useful rule of thumb is if your plywood application doesn’t require building consent then non-structural plywood may provide a good solution. Non-structural plywood is available in both treated and untreated sheets and in a range of thicknesses. Generally, it is a lower grade of plywood and may have open face knots and surface inconsistencies which reflect the practical nature of the product.

    Non-Structural Ply Specifications
    Strength Non-Structural only
    Treatment Untreated
    Thickness 12mm
    Check your Trade Price
    Shop Non-Structural Ply

    Compare all Plywood types

    Product Strength Treatment Thickness Profile Certification Cores Shop
    Form Ply Non Structural, F8, F14, F17 Untreated. H3 12.5mm, 17mm, 17.5mm Square Edge, Tongue and Groove (T&G) AS2269 Pine, Poplar, Hardwood Shop Form Ply
    Roofing Ply Non Structural, F8, F11/F8, F11 Untreated. H3 12mm, 15mm, 17mm 19mm 21mm AS2269 Pine Shop Roofing Ply
    Flooring Ply Non Structural, F8, F11/F8, F11 Untreated. H3 12mm, 15mm, 17mm 19mm 21mm AS2269 Pine Shop Flooring Ply
    Cladding Ply Structural only H3.1 and H3.2 12mm coming soon
    Interior Lining Ply Non-structural Untreated Various V Grooved, Rough Sawn Shop Interior Lining Ply
    Structural Ply Structural F8/F5, F8/F8, F11/F11 Untreated, H3.1 & H3.2 Various Shop Structural Ply
    Marine Ply Non Structural only Untreated only 4mm, 6mm, 10mm, 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 25 mm BS1088 Various coming soon
    Product Shop
    Form Ply Shop Form Ply
    Product: Form Ply
    Strength: Non Structural, F8, F14, F17
    Treatment: Untreated. H3
    Thickness: 12.5mm, 17mm, 17.5mm
    Profile: Square Edge, Tongue and Groove (T&G)
    Certification: AS2269
    Cores: Pine, Poplar, Hardwood
    Shop: Shop Form Ply
    Roofing Ply Shop Roofing Ply
    Product: Roofing Ply
    Strength: Non Structural, F8, F11/F8, F11
    Treatment: Untreated. H3
    Thickness: 12mm, 15mm, 17mm 19mm 21mm
    Profile:
    Certification: AS2269
    Cores: Pine
    Shop: Shop Roofing Ply
    Flooring Ply Shop Flooring Ply
    Product: Flooring Ply
    Strength: Non Structural, F8, F11/F8, F11
    Treatment: Untreated. H3
    Thickness: 12mm, 15mm, 17mm 19mm 21mm
    Profile:
    Certification: AS2269
    Cores: Pine
    Shop: Shop Flooring Ply
    Cladding Ply coming soon
    Product: Cladding Ply
    Strength: Structural only
    Treatment: H3.1 and H3.2
    Thickness: 12mm
    Profile:
    Certification:
    Cores:
    Shop: coming soon
    Interior Lining Ply Shop Interior Lining Ply
    Product: Interior Lining Ply
    Strength: Non-structural
    Treatment: Untreated
    Thickness: Various
    Profile: V Grooved, Rough Sawn
    Certification:
    Cores:
    Shop: Shop Interior Lining Ply
    Structural Ply Shop Structural Ply
    Product: Structural Ply
    Strength: Structural F8/F5, F8/F8, F11/F11
    Treatment: Untreated, H3.1 & H3.2
    Thickness: Various
    Profile:
    Certification:
    Cores:
    Shop: Shop Structural Ply
    Marine Ply coming soon
    Product: Marine Ply
    Strength: Non Structural only
    Treatment: Untreated only
    Thickness: 4mm, 6mm, 10mm, 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 25 mm
    Profile:
    Certification: BS1088
    Cores: Various
    Shop: coming soon

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