A Complete Guide to Particle Board Veneer Coverings A Complete Guide to Particle Board Veneer Coverings

Particle board is one of the best word-related materials ever invented and used. It was the reason why houses in the 50s and 60s got their expensive-looking kitchens; kitchens that were amazingly pleasing due to the added feel of veneer coverings that particle boards have been known to have been adorned with. When veneer is glued to particle board, the result is that of the quality look of expensive solid wood, a great alternative for any project that requires wood at a reduced cost. 

Apart from the interesting fact the companies use particle board, a product manufactured from wood ‘waste’ as some call it instead of actual hardwood sometimes, how veneer is attached to particle board is also interesting though. It is a bond that is not just as easily made as it sounds. It requires a lot of care from the time you begin to think of bringing the two materials together from a technical point of view and also an aesthetic point of view. 

Importance of Veneer Coverings

Despite being environmentally friendly, particle board is not as strong as hardwood and resistant to moisture. It also does not take up paint well, let alone stain. It is because of these deficiencies that veneer coverings come on. Particle board is covered by veneer and the veneer can be of any type depending on the type of final look you desire. The chosen veneer can make the particle board look like any type of expensive wood.  

Most particle board uses are seen inside the house though. Veneer covered particle board can be used for projects like building closet shelves, projects that won’t be exposed to a lot of moisture that is. Veneer covered particle boards don’t require painting and are pretty durable. The veneer coverings can hold up for years and years if the veneer is applied well in the first place. 

Different Kinds of Veneer Coverings

Veneer coverings come in high quality materials actually, which is the reason why being combined with particle board, it turns into a really sought after material for decorative finishes in wood projects. Veneers are created by slicing or peeling logs in approximately 0.6mm in thickness and their grain patterns depend on their cutting techniques.  

Veneer’s two faces are usually developed in different grades. The veneer face is usually Grade A because it is the face which will be in contact with eyes looking for pleasing wood decoration and the back is usually of a rougher grade C or D. Grades are developed through variable sanding. And now with the option of designer veneers being available, the options for beautiful particle board coverings are increased too, ranging from earth-tones based on natural veneer species to new unique timber grains and patterns. 

Using particle board with veneer coverings almost has no negative points apart from the fact that the particle board contains formaldehyde. This means that working on and cutting particle board can create a wood smoke filled with wood particles and can be really dangerous if inhaled. Particle boards with veneer coverings should be worked on in well-ventilated places.

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