As you consider materials for your project, you may wonder about the differences between veneer vs solid wood. Many people have a bias toward solid wood, but it’s not right for every project! Learning more about the two products will help you make the best choice.
When Is Solid Wood the Best Choice?
There are some projects that are best suited for solid wood:
- For furniture, solid wood gives much needed strength to edges, legs, and other supporting pieces.
- Solid woods are best at holding nails and screws and withstanding the stresses, loads, shocks and abrasions of daily use.
- Solid woods can usually be easily repaired and/or refinished.
When Are Veneers the Best Choice?
Other projects, however, are better suited for veneers.
- Veneers are perfect for areas such as the sides of desks and entertainment centers. In these uses, solid wood would crack and warp due to fluctuations in humidity. If your veneer is glued over a solid substrate, it is extremely strong and will resist warping.
- Veneers are the best way to achieve a craftsman’s vision of beauty. Only the finest of woods are used as veneers, and small pieces of wood can be expanded into color and pattern-matched surfaces. Veneer matching effects like this are difficult or costly to achieve using solid wood.
- If your project prizes sustainability and green design, veneers are the best choice. Veneers are more environmentally friendly than solid wood. One surface of solid wood produces 42 surfaces of wood veneer — and with no wood even wasted as sawdust.
Need More Information?
If you need more information about veneer vs solid wood and which is better for your project, contact us. We can answer all your questions and give you a customized quote.