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Is Engineered Wood Veneer Same As Natural Wood Veneer

April 25, 2020

When choosing for home improvements, the natural wood veneer is always preferred and remained the most popular among interior designers, architects, and artisans. The national and international market for engineered wood is also increasing, especially due to some projects call over large surface areas. Sometimes different varieties of engineered wood can be used as a substitute for solid wood and natural wood veneer which was not readily available in the market. Natural wood veneers always adhere to good sustainability and reforestation practices.

Let's check out a few differences between both:

Manufacturing Process: The manufacturing process for natural wood veneer generally done by the process known as slicing. An entire log or part of it is sliced to produce thin sheets of veneer. Whereas engineered wood veneers are sliced from softer or renewable wood species. This is dyed, dried, and glued together into various shaped blocks and sheets where it is again re-sliced and re-glued for enhanced and desired patterns. Dyeing is an important part of the manufacturing process when producing this reconstituted veneer. Engineered wood veneers are generally costlier than natural wood veneer and are limited to designs and colors.

Uniqueness in Design: Natural veneers are always unique as no two trees are of the same species. On the contrary, engineered veneers are man-made, dyed to create patterns, so that the resulting designs can be mass manufactured. The dyed veneer strips are mixed to produce the desired exotic wood veneer design. Engineered wood veneers always give the look and feel of natural wood as the top layer is real wood.

Cost of Production: Engineered wood veneers are less expensive to manufacture than natural wood veneers. It is produced in mass and is cheaper to slice fast and glue them into blocks. Patterns, designs, and colors are easily reproduced from one sheet to another. Engineered veneer sheets minimize waste and are generally cost savings due to its higher yield, whereas natural wood veneer is rarer and harder to manufacture. It is also highly valued as a material based on the uniqueness bestowed by nature.

Designers are always looking for innovation, inspiration, and guidance to incorporate a new look. At the same the time keeping an eye out for products that are less complicated in designing and is more spacious, stylish, and functional. Here natural wood veneers, as well as engineered veneers can be used accordingly depending upon the demand of the design and utility.