Understanding the Grades of Plywood

Plywood, a fundamental component in many construction projects, comes in a variety of grades, each tailored for specific uses. At Silvaris, we;’re dedicated to bridging the knowledge gap, helping you make informed choices based on your customers’ project needs. Here’s a brief outline of plywood grading and the range of applications suited for each grade.

A Grade Plywood
At the top of plywood grading lies A Grade. Known for its smooth and sanded surface, and lack of knots or visible imperfections, it’s the ideal choice for projects where aesthetics are crucial. This grade is often the preferred choice for creating high-end cabinetry, stylish furniture and decorative wall paneling. Its ability to evenly take on paints and stains makes it a favorite among craftsmen and builders aiming for a polished, finished look.

B Grade Plywood
B Grade plywood is a step down from A Grade but still holds a respectable position in the grading hierarchy. It may have some minor imperfections like small knots or slight discoloration, yet these can be easily concealed with a layer of paint or veneer. It’s a cost-effective alternative for many projects, including cabinetry backs, drawer bottoms and wall paneling.

A closer look at B Grade plywood and its cost-saving benefits can be found on our B-Grade Plywood page. This grade provides a balanced blend of aesthetics and affordability, making it a popular choice among budget-conscious builders.

C Grade Plywood
C Grade plywood is more about utility and less about aesthetics. It’s commonly used in places where the appearance isn’t a primary concern, like sub-flooring, roof decking or other structural applications. The visible knots and defects are characteristic of C Grade plywood, providing a sturdy base for various construction projects. It’s a practical choice that doesn’t break the bank, ensuring the structural integrity of the project is maintained.

D Grade Plywood
D Grade is the most economical choice among the plywood grades, characterized by the highest level of imperfections. It’s great for projects where aesthetics are not a concern, like in structural sheathing or temporary structures. Despite its rough appearance, D Grade plywood serves its purpose well in many structural applications, making it an economical solution for builders.

Exterior Plywood
Apart from the face grades, plywood is also classified based on the type of glue used to bind the veneer layers together. Exterior grade plywood employs a waterproof adhesive, ensuring it withstands outdoor conditions, making it a reliable choice for roofing or siding.


Interior Plywood
Interior plywood utilizes adhesives that are well-suited for indoor conditions, making it a prime choice for projects within sheltered areas. Unlike its exterior counterpart, it isn’t built to withstand moisture or harsh weather, but it’s perfect for cabinetry, furniture and decorative wall paneling.

Check Out Our Inventory
At Silvaris, we cater to a diverse range of material needs, offering an array of plywood options to meet the demands of different projects. Our extensive inventory ensures you have the right materials to bring your customers’ projects to life.

Unsure about which grade of plywood fits your inventory needs? Our experienced customer service team is here to assist. Contact us to delve deeper into our plywood offerings and check our current inventory.