4 Common Types of Wood Veneers
Wood veneer is a thinly sliced—about 3mm, making it thinner than 1/8th of an inch—layer of hardwood that is typically glued to a surface to give it a wood finish. An inexpensive alternative to genuine wood, wood veneer is bonded on a substrate that can be paper, plastic, or another layer of veneer.
Because of its wood-like appearance, veneer is often used for home projects and interior trims that have low budgets. Wood veneer comes in different types, the most common of which are listed below.
Rotary Cut Veneer
One of the cheapest varieties of veneer, rotary cut veneers are created when a log is chucked in the center against a knife. Before the log is placed, a cutting tool is attached to the lathe. The slices are cut as the log spins, producing thin layers of sheets.
Commonly used for plywood, rotary cut veneer are very rarely use for decorative finishing, owing to the concentric growth rings.
One of the most expensive types of veneer, backed veneers are available in multiple sizes and are backed by materials like plastic, particle board, foil, or cloth to add flexibility and strength to it. Due to their flexible character, it can be easily used on curved and flat surfaces.
Backed veneer may cost more, but the outcome and finishing are worth the investment for your home renovation project.
Raw Wood Veneer
Produced from exotic trees, raw wood veneer can be made in several wood grain patterns, because of the wide availability of exotic woods. Raw wood veneers can only be used on flat surfaces and are quite cheap in price.
For laminate veneers, wood layers are bonded with adhesive and pressed together to achieve a stronger and more flexible look. Laminate veneers are used for rim boards, beams, and headers. Similar in appearance as plywood, laminated veneers are a highly reliable and durable; as a result, they’re often used in outdoor residential construction.
Wood veneers come in a number of shapes and forms and vary based on wood species, cutting technique, backing material and grains of wood. Before you start a renovation project, make sure to do your research for the veneer type that suits your needs best.
New Yorkers however can get in touch with us at Ikonni and request samples or reach out to our team for advice and assistance on buying the best types of veneer. customers can always call us at 212-206-7400 for any queries regarding an ongoing home project and use of wood veneers or place an order directly here.