You can use cement-bonded particleboard as a lower-cost alternative to hardwoods such as solid oak or maple.
Understanding Cement-bonded Particleboard
Cement-bonded particleboard is made up of Portland cement and wood fibers. It is retailed in sheets of varying thicknesses. Different kinds of softwoods like beech, pine, and spruce for making particleboards. Particleboard is cut with a disc-chipper. After cutting the wood into particles, it is allowed to dry. Resin is applied to glue the particles together and render the board, more stable. These glued particles are then shaped into sheets.
Cement-bonded particleboard is available with square edges or a tongue-and-groove combination. It is often finished with a factory-applied sealer for additional protection against moisture. Cement-bonded particleboard is available as graded density particleboard or the conventional, three-layer particleboard.
Cement-bonded particleboard is used for making bookcases, cabinet-ends, and countertops, making it a useful interior-remodeling choice. The surface of particleboard is often laminated to make it look like hardwood.
Cement-bonded Particleboard Advantages
Cement-bonded particleboard is easy to install. It handles like plywood but maintains the characteristics of poured concrete. It is also resistant to mold/fungus, moisture, abuse, freezing/thawing, fire, and termites/vermin. Leading green-building material directories recognize cement-bonded particleboard as an environment-friendly product.