Ranging from PLY to MDF and everything in between, sheet materials provide the ideal solution to many DIY problems. Perfect for shelving and sheds; for flooring to roofing. Have a browse through the different sheet materials we keep in stock here. And as ever, if you have any questions just give us a call.
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What is it? Exterior grade plywood is a sheet material which consists of multiple layers of timber veneers glued and compressed together to create a durable building material. Plywood is strong, and this comes down to the aforementioned veneers since the cross lamination process, whereby the grains of each veneer run in opposite directions, give it resiliance and strength.
Ideal for: Since the glue used in during the manufacturing process is weather resistant, this ply is ideal for use on those heavy duty jobs outdoors where a large section of board is needed such as, general joinery, soffits & facias, van lining, garages, sheds and concrete framework etc.
Sizes available: Standard sheet dimensions - 1220mm x 2440mm (4' x 8'), these can be cut to size.
Thicknesses available: 4mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 18mm
Marine Grade Plywood
What is it? Marine grade plywood is similar to the exterior grade plywood we keep. However, this ply is manufactured with water resistant glue.
Ideal for: The glue used to manufacture this plywood makes it perfect for use where moisture and water are present. As the name suggests, this ply is ideal for use in marine environments, as well as the various areas mentionned above.
Sizes available: It comes in 1220mm x 2440mm boards and
This item can be cut to size, however the whole board must be purchased.
Thicknesses available: 4mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm and 18mm.
Marine grade ply is not kept always in stock and is a special order item. However, it can be quickly sourced.
What is it? Sheathing ply is manufactured in the same way as both exterior and marine ply, overlapping and cross laminated veneers. However, since this product is used mostly for structural projects, it doesn't use as expensive materials as the other two, hence it is considerably cheaper.
Ideal for: Wall sheathing, furniture building, roofing, shuttering, packing and flooring.
Sizes available: 1220mm (4ft) x 2440mm (8ft)
This board can be cut to size.
Thicknesses available: 9.5mm, 12.5mm and 18mm.
Other Sheet Materials
What is it? MDF (which stands for medium-density fiber board) is a composite sheet material manufactured from recycled wood fibers and resin which are compressed and dried to produce high grade, durable material which bears changes in heat and humidity well.
Ideal for: MDF is best used indoors for shelving, boxing off areas, making doors for wardrobes; most general DIY projects really. Tnis is because it has a smooth surface which gives a professional finish, is easy to work with and is a cheaper alternative to plywood. However, given its fiberous composition, MDF is not suited to outdoor use since it will split and fray.
Note: Before painting MDF, coat it in a primer. Otherwise the board will absorb the paint and it will be like you never painted it in the first place.
Sizes available: Sheet dimensions are 1220mm x 2440mm which can be cut to size.
Thicknesses: 4mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm 18mm & 25mm*
*Special order item.
What is it? Sterling board is a cheap material made from strands of softwood which are glued and compressed together using an exterior grade resin.
Ideal for: Sterling board is ideal for use where appearance is not an issue given its easily recognizable look. It is a non-structural material and is mostly used for boarding up buildings and lining shed floors and roofing.
Sizes available: Dimensions 1220mm x 2440mm
Thicknesses available: 8mm, 11mm, 15mm and 18mm.
What is it? Manufactured from recycled timber chips, chipboard flooring is a moisture resistant material which comes with a tongue and groove system which allows for easy installation.
Ideal for: Flooring purposes
Sizes available: These boards come in 600mm x 2440mm sheets.
These are sold in full sheets, but we can cut them to size for you.
Thicknesses available: 18mm and 22mm
What is it? This material is a fiber board which is more dense than MDF since it made out of exploded wood fibers which are compressed together under high amounts of pressure. Furthermore, hardboard is made with a resin which means that it will not split or crack. This item comes with a smooth finish on one side, with a rougher mesh on the other side. Hardboard is not water resistant.
Ideal for: Mostly used for floor covering prior to laying vinyl. It can also be used for general DIY purposes.
Sizes available: It comes in 1220mm (4ft) x 2440mm (8ft)only comes in 3mm thick boards. These can be cut to size.
What is it? This product is a chipboard sheet which comes with a white melamine coating. Its composition makes it quite robust. You can also get this product in a variety of wood grain effect melamine coatings.
Ideal for: This product is primarily used for shelving given the white coating which gives a neat finish. Many people use it for kitchen carcasses too.
Sizes available: This product comes in 2440mm (8ft) legnths and various widths including:
152mm (6"), 229mm (9"), 305mm (12"), 381mm (15"), 457mm (18") 533mm (21") and 610mm (24").