Wood veneers are one of the most attractive and popular surfacing materials used to decorate homes, commercial establishments, and aircraft. They are generally classified into two types – engineered wood veneers and natural wood veneers. Engineered Wood veneers, also called as recomposed, reconstituted, and man-made veneers, are processed to get a pre-designed appearance. On the other hand, natural wood veneers are sliced from logs of trees that have intrinsic markings and patterns based on geographic location, soil composition, and other conditions. Continuing further, let’s look at three key differences between natural and engineered veneers. Read on!
1. Process of Production
Engineered veneer sheets are sliced from rapidly growing and softer renewable tree species. The slices are later dyed, dried, and glued together into blocks of different shapes. These blocks are then sliced and glued again according to the desired engineered veneer texture and pattern. The finished product can imitate natural wood grains such as flat cut, quarter cut, burl, straight grain, and other geometric fantasy patterns. Natural wood veneers, on the other hand, are manufactured after slicing thin sheets from the entire log of trees.
2. Design Deviations
Natural veneers are sliced from tree logs that each have a unique pattern. No two trees, even from the same species, have identical patterns. On the other hand, engineered wood veneers are man-made sheets that are sliced, dyed in vats, and glued together in blocks. These blocks are re-sliced and re-glued to create required patterns and textures that can be replicated to cover large surfaces with the same design.
3. Cost Involved in Manufacturing
Engineered wood veneers are cheaper to produce as they are made from slicing fast-growing trees. These slices are then glued into blocks to create different patterns and designs in bulk. The average size of engineered veneer blocks is 110” -132” long and around 24” wide. The structure of engineered wood veneer and higher yield helps in minimizing waste and costs. Natural wood veneer sheets are rare and hard to produce as they are sliced from big tree logs while retaining properties bestowed by nature.
While both wood veneer options remain popular choices amongst designers and artisans, you can always choose according to your needs, preferences, and budget. For projects that demand the same texture and color tone over large surfaces, engineered wood veneers make an excellent choice. No matter what you choose, you are guaranteed unmatched aesthetic appeal and quality. If you have questions or to discuss your requirement, contact Decowood from Greenlam Industries at 18008330004, or fill out our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.