Wood Veneer Panels: Types of Veneer Substrate

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Wood veneer panels are popular alternatives to real wood. They are able to mimic the look and feel of actual wood simply because veneer itself is taken from trees.

The process starts with slicing a piece of real wood, and the bonding it to a substrate or backing. But kinds of backing are used for this purpose? To answer, here is a list of the different types of veneer substrates.

Paper-Backed Veneer

Paper-backed veneer simply refers to veneer that is permanently bonded by a paper backing which is generally available in a 10 and a 20 mil thickness. This type of veneer is commonly used in certain applications like matching curves.

For such applications, paper-backed veneer is a good choice since it doesn’t easily become damaged or cracked. It is because of this feature that you’ll often see this veneer in automobile dashboards and interior columns of establishments.

Wood on Wood Veneer

Wood on wood veneer is basically a veneer that is bonded on top of another piece of veneer. In general, manufacturers use a lower quality veneer for the backing. This is because the veneer on the back is rarely seen anyway, which makes using high quality veneer there wasteful.

To ensure the best possible degree of strength and durability, the grain on the wood of the backing is run in the opposite direction to that of the decorative side.

Wood on wood veneer panels are usually used for interior furnishings. The beautiful wood grain patterns make them suitable for such purposes, especially for properties who are aiming for that traditional appeal.

Phenolic-Backed Veneer

Phenolic backed veneer has a plastic backing and a decorative veneer on the front. The main reason why many people prefer this type of veneer over others is because of its water-resistant properties. This feature is brought about by the plastic that is used for the backing.

Like paper-backed veneers, phenolic-backed veneers can also be used to match curves. However, it appears that it doesn’t curve or bend as well as actual paper-backed veneers. Nonetheless, its flexibility is enough for it to be used for a variety of interior decorative applications.

Each type of veneer according to substrate has their own pros and cons and applications. It is important that you choose the right type of veneer that will best meet your particular requirements.

If you need help with choosing a veneer, or are looking for veneer sheets for your wood paneling or wall cladding needs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. You can call us up at (02) 9771 5155 or leave a message in our contact page.

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