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Guide To Timber Based Sheet Materials

Timber based sheet materials are available in a number of different forms including chipboard, hardboard, plywood, MDF, OSB and protection board. Here at Theo’s Timber Ltd, we supply a wide range of quality sheet materials suitable for both interior and exterior projects, but just what are the differences between these materials?

timber suppliersHere we will take a look at the varying types of timber based sheet materials and their uses.


Plywood is made from layers of compressed wood veneer that are glued together with each layer being turned at a 90-degree angle to the previous layer. This technique, known as ‘cross-graining’ provides a number of benefits including added strength, reduction in shrinkage and resistance to warping. Available in a wide range of quality grades, thickness and sizes, plywood is a popular choice of material in projects that require a high strength sheet material.


MDF (medium density fibreboard) is made from a combination of broken down wood residuals mixed with a wax and resin binder. The finished product which is available in a range of sizes and thicknesses has a highly uniform finish without knots or rings and a smooth surface which is ideal for veneering or painting. MDF is most popularly used for internal applications such as shop fitting and cabinet making.


OSB (oriented strand board) is manufactured from compressed layers of wood strands or flakes and resin that are compressed together. Often used as a more cost-effective alternative to plywood, OSB is available in a range of sizes and thicknesses and is a popular choice for interior projects but is not recommended for exterior use due to its lack of water resistance.


Chipboard is a high strength type of wood particle board, popularly used for flooring due to its stability and the fact that it easy to lay, chipboard is available in a range of sizes and thicknesses.


Hardboard, also known as high-density fibreboard is made from exploded wood particles that are then highly compressed and bonded together to form a high strength board. Hardboard has a number of uses in both furniture making and in the construction industry where it is popular as a floor protector.

Protection Board

Made from recycled products, our protection board is made from fluted polypropylene and can be used to protect floors, windows, worktops and columns. The board is light, impact resistant and can be cut to the required size with a safety knife.

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