6 Modern uses of wooden veneers in buildings
Posted by MOHIT BHATNAGAR
Wood veneer has been showcased nearly everywhere. it’s a versatile material that has grown in popularity in recent years, as designers and consumers are attracted to natural materials. the final appearance of wood depends on how it is sliced or cut, and staining can alter its colour and the depth of the grain. Protective layers can be added with a polyurethane coating, which can also add a shine to the surface.
Timber has been used as joinery in traditional ways of cladding and as a major decorative element. A veneer is a very thin slice of wood which is obtained from a tree log. It is the finest appearance of wood.
Wood veneer is usually glued onto core panels cutting the logs of solid wood wastes more and the veneer is just the right way to even save the leftover material and utilise that in modern surface veneers.
veneer panels extremely will remodel any form of interior. Whether or not it’s a home, a council chamber, an edifice or a significant venue, the very fact is that there’s most selection in timbers and designs. Below are some of the inspiring modern designs that veneers have been put to:
SMOKED CHARRED VENEERS
Recently veneers that give off as the name suggest is the name given to the overall look of the veneer.
Smoked veneers, sometimes referred to as 'fumed' veneers are where the wood has been exposed to ammonia vapours to give a rich, warm quality to the colour. The process takes around two to three weeks and can be used on most species including oak, larch, eucalyptus, red gum, douglas fir and cherry. The smoking process turns the base colour into a rich dark colour sometimes flashes of light streaks appear in the heartwood to give a natural look compared to just dying veneer
This refers to types of veneer sheet material that are evolved by pressing together fine layers of wood. It is considered to be the most versatile veneer that can be used effectively for a number of applications.
By definition, laminate is a printed surface made to look like real wood, but usually made of plastic and bonded to a composite base. Whereas, the veneer is a thin layer of real hardwood applied to a less expensive material such as plywood. It gives you that industrial feel of seamless finishing on a wall or a surface.
WOOD BACKED VENEER
The backed veneer uses another material that is paper, phenolic, cloth and foil are common backings to make it stronger and more versatile.
The second material is attached to one side of the veneer and the grains in the panels are usually matched during manufacture.
They can be applied to flat or curved surfaces as it is more flexible than raw wood veneer and less likely to crack. It gives more durability and a better finish to the surface and interiors.
VENEER CORE PLYWOOD
It is slightly different from types of veneers and is used mainly for panel construction. It is a versatile product that has greater stability and strength. This applies both length and breadthwise. The veneer of hardwood is glued between layers of ply to get veneer core plywood which is usually thicker than raw wood veneers.
The different types of veneers are used in interior decoration, making of furniture and panelling to be used in the interiors. They are without a doubt ideal substitutes for solid wood.
RAW WOOD VENEER
A raw veneer is a veneer that has no backing on it, so it can be used on either side as they look the same until you apply a finish.
While solid wood can be prone to warping and splitting because the veneer is made of thin layers of wood glued together and the chances of splitting or cracking are reduced. owing to expansion and contraction caused by fluctuation of temperature and humidity. Another advantage of veneer is sustainability furniture made with wood veneer uses less wood than the same piece of furniture made with solid wood.
TWO-PLY BACKING VENEER
When a decorative wood veneer face with a utility grade wood backer is applied in an opposing direction to the face veneer.
It is also called wood on wood veneer. It is a sturdier option than the above mentioned and repurposes the wood as a ply for the base and the more appealing piece of thin wood goes on top to give off a modern and simplistic touch to the whole finish. It can be used on accent walls and is widely used both in industrial and household settings.