Timber Veneer, Solid Timber or Laminate?
May 29, 2018

Timber veneer, Solid timber and Laminate all have a special place with the design and construct industry but how do you know what is best for you? 


Here’s a couple of facts to get you thinking: 


Timber Veneer:  

We get a lot of questions regarding veneers and whether they are natural or synthetic and the short answer is they are REAL. 

Simply put a timber veneer is natural timber that is sliced very thinly and then applied to a MDF or particle board substrate. It can also be applied direct to walls (is much easier to curve) and we have even used it to cover lighting fixtures. 


The main difference between a veneer and solid timber is the price tag. You get the look without the cost which is a fantastic option when budget is an issue. 


The down side to a veneer is due to the thickness which makes it a very fragile material and susceptible to damage. If cared for as per manufacturer instruction and kept dry timber veneer can last for years but if it gets wet is prone to swelling. 



Solid Timber: 

In Australia solid timber will generally be a Victorian Ash or Oak and is known for its longevity. It is strong and durable with many pieces coming with a 10 year warranty. 


The beauty of solid timber is that if damaged (scratched or stained) it is a relatively cheap process to have it sanded down and redone to look like new again, but as mentioned above this ‘lifetime’ product comes with a price tag.   



Laminate has to be one of the most commonly used applications for commercial areas. 


It is made with single or multiple layers of paper which are resin forced and then glued to a substrate board. 


Apart from the fact that it is a very durable product the main pro to using laminate would have to be the range available. Whether you want patterns or plain there is a colour and style to suit every taste. You can even get timber and stone prints if thats the look you want but don't have the budget to go along with it. 


Unfortunately these ‘natural’ prints don't look exactly like the real thing but they come pretty close and are only getting better and better as time goes on.  



These are only a few points about each application, but if you have any further questions why not give us a call and speak to one of our construction managers.

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