Engineered wood is a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to solid wood that is created by transforming lumber scraps and byproducts such as sawdust into a usable, solid-wood alternative. To meet the demand for a construction material that is both affordable and durable, the forest industry developed several types of wood-based board products. Engineered woods are intended to be used as substrates and are typically covered with a laminate or wood veneer.
The popularity of engineered wood has grown due to advancements in its quality. While particle board is a well-known example of engineered wood commonly used in kitchen cabinets and countertops, other types, such as plywood, fiberboard, and flakeboard, are equally popular and arguably more durable. Although these board types use similar methods for manufacturing, the type of raw material wood used will affect the final texture and strength of the board.
Advancements in engineered wood production, such as achieving higher densities and the inclusion of fire retardant materials, are helping to improve the reputation of engineered woods.