• How are home owners cheated when buying Plywood

How are home owners cheated when buying Plywood?

Formerly plywood was available in very few brands that was available in good quality. There were no compromise made of material. Today with increasing population and demand too, there are various grades of plywood made by a variety of brands. Also there have many local brands that have come into market.

We therefore suggest all our clients and home owners to be aware of different types or grades of plywood and know for good brands available in Indian market. Not only that home owners shall have basic knowledge for what type of plywood shall be used in which areas. A home owner with lack of even basic know-ho for the same can easily be cheated which happens quite often these days.

Know your product material before buying

Let’s say a home owner ask for Marine plywood and is unaware of its quality and appearance. If a shopkeeper is over-smart to know this he will hand over commercial plywood in name of Marine ply. Not only that, he would rate the standard plywood double or as good as marine plywood. Here home owners is in three times loss. One he gets a plywood type which he doesn’t really want which is decay and stink sooner. Home owners will either throw away the product of remake a new one. Secondly he is paying double the price for a standard plywood. Thirdly the cost involved in remaking the product.

So you see how important it is for every home owner to have basic know-how about not only plywood for every product and material.

How Plywood’s are finished in different grades

Today plywood is not made from 2-3 different type of veneer specie, but a variety of them like Gurjan, Maple, Cherry, Rubber, Mahogany and many more. You also have alternate or combination of two veneer plywood. With introduction of such variety of grades and brands in plywood, many a times even professionals in same field get confused while buying.

These days a low quality plywood is given a finish or color to that of a higher grade plywood. This makes it all the more difficult for not only home owners but professionals too to recognize the quality or grade of plywood. Like, you have commercial plywood without dipping, marine plywood, plywood’s with dipping, etc. If say commercial plywood is undergone dipping then it really becomes difficult to know the actual grade and quality of plywood. Dipping plywood means coloring plywood.

Compromises made by dealer at counter level

Many a time a brand offers schemes and discounts that home owners may not be aware of. Here the dealer may sell plywood at its original cost only. In very few cases home owners receive plywood grade as required and most of the time I would say, home owners receive lower grade or quality then asked for. Here if the carpenter starts working on plywood immediately, it becomes even more difficult to know the grade of plywood handed over. I repeat, therefore it very essential for everyone of us to have a basic know-how on different grades of plywood.

Percentage of cheating in market

Today you have around 40% to 50% home owners span India who probably are aware of plywood grades, types and quality. But only 30% of them truly receive a grade of plywood they actually want. Most of the times, home owner gets cheated with the grade or type of plywood he wants. If at all a home owners receives a grade of plywood he wants, he gets cheated with the cost. He would end up paying double the price for the same.

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  1. janaki 8 December 2016 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Comment…we want to know ‘how will select excellent plywood for modular kitchen purposes

    • contractorbhai 9 December 2016 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      For modular furniture – plywood is always calibrated plywood. Kitchen & bathroom modular should be in Marine ply & rest of the modular furniture can be commercial ply. However strictly you need calibrated ply. Modular furniture are made using high tech machines which do not work with regular(non calibrated plywood). When you are going for modular furniture, you don’t really have to worry too much about ply selection, the factory which makes modular furniture has regular supply of good quality calibrated plywood.

  2. Shyam 15 January 2017 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Does your plywood Aloha have ISI certification?

    • contractorbhai 16 January 2017 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      IS 710 for waterproof ( marine) ply & IS 303 (MR hardwood) PLY

      • Pushkar Chauhan 5 July 2019 at 4:24 am - Reply

        Is aloha plywood made from gurjan veneers?

  3. Uday 15 March 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Is gurujan plywood is a good brand.

    • contractorbhai 16 March 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      garjan plywood is not a brand. Garjan is type of plant(imported species). When plywood is made using raw material from garjan logs, it is called garjan plywood. If you buy a genuine garjan plywood then it is definitely superior.

  4. chandrakanth 23 June 2017 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    what type of ply should i use in bedrom

  5. ankita 14 July 2017 at 10:38 am - Reply

    what is the sqr feet price of kitchen drawers and slaves cabinates?

  6. DHEERAJ BATRA 10 September 2017 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    This site has too much of an information one after the other.

    Kindly provide one grid specifying types of plywoods Available and best place to use.

    It would really simplify the process of decision making.

    • contractorbhai 11 September 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Hello Dheeraj Batra sir

      Thank you for suggestion we will definitely work on these lines.
      Thanks for suggestion

  7. Prasant 24 November 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

    I am going to buy ply wood. The shopkeeper suggested me to go for Hillwood ply(BWP grade) for all instead of Century ply. Is it okay to go for it.


  8. SHRAVAN KUMAR 20 November 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Hi Contract Bhai,

    Good Information. I appreciate you comments.

    I am planning to have modular kitchen for my home. Which Ply do you recommend and why do you recommend this?

    I know marine plywood would better suited for Kitchen. Do we have different ply materials as well in Marine ply?


    • contractorbhai 22 November 2018 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      marine ply = waterproof ply. there are two major types of waterproof plywood – BWP (Boiling waterproof) & BWR ( Boiling wate resistant) – both are good option. BWP costlier then BWR

  9. Prashant 23 November 2018 at 10:55 pm - Reply


    Can you suggest few good brand for plywood? Dealer showed me Aliza, Franklin and Steak Gold. Which one is better.

    • contractorbhai 29 November 2018 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Prashant ji, there are 100s of plywood brands in each city, very difficult to talk about quality. Please go with a trusted contractor or buy it from a reliable/reputed store. Buying quality plywood for right price is very challenging.

  10. Gayathri 26 November 2018 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Does gurjan plywood also come in commercial and BWF type

    • contractorbhai 29 November 2018 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Gurjan is species of a imported tree(does not grow in India). Gurjan is used to make high quality Commercial and waterproof plywood(BWR or BWP). SO yes Gurjan plywood can be commercial or BWP/BWR. Prices are higher compared to other types of plywood. Many plywood brands just use face(topmost skin) of Gurjan and claim that whole plywood is gurjan, please verify that part. If someone is offering 100% gurjan for a very reasonable price, chances are it is not Gurjan.

  11. Manish 26 November 2018 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Is hilwood ply is best or suggest best brand for home furniture

    • contractorbhai 29 November 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

      Manish ji, we are not aware of mentioned plywood brand. There are 100s of brands in each city. Very difficult to compare. Please take help from a trustworthy contractor or buy it from a reputed/reliable plywood shop.

  12. Mohit 10 February 2019 at 1:40 am - Reply

    Any suggestions for a reputable plywood supplier in Pune?

  13. Raghu 11 March 2019 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Hi, i have purchased Centurion Brand MR grade commercial IS 303 grade plywood for my interriors, is this a good brand, can you please advise ?

    • contractorbhai 18 March 2019 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      any brand MR grade commercial plywood (303) is good for Interior work, provided it is of quality as claimed. Kitchen we generally suggest waterproof plywood, however if budget doesn’t allow, MR Grade mat be used.

  14. Sunil Varma 23 March 2019 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Hi I want Aloha Plywood to get my interiors done in Hyderabad. IS 710 for waterproof ( marine).My uncle has his own interior factory in Vishakapatnam. Do you deliver plywood to Vishakapatnam? Before delivering can i get a chance to feel and guage the quality product in Hyderabad? Await your reply.

  15. sandeep 25 March 2019 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    I want the details of aloha plywood with price and please let me know, whether you can deliver the product to bangalore. I want to go with BWP for kitchen and Bathroom and Commercial MR in all other means. If you don’t deliver in Bangalore, could you suggest me a good brand in Bangalore with 100% Gurjan material.

    • contractorbhai 3 April 2019 at 11:44 am - Reply

      Request you to please Call +91-9920744305 and talk to our Plywood incharge. Thanks

  16. Suvajit Mitra 28 April 2019 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Can you pls recommend some brand hame for 100% Gurjan Ply which is BWP grade? Many thanks.

    • contractorbhai 29 April 2019 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      soem of the top plywood brands will have this option. Few good shops will have these options too in not so popular brand. Be aware of terms like “100% Gurjan strength” “Gurjan Like 100%” “W00 Gurjan Face” etc. These are kind of false claims & these are not 100% Gurjan.

  17. Anurag 14 May 2019 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Hello Contractorbhai,

    We are furnishing our 3 bhk flat. My Interior designer is suggesting me to use Markwood brand ply which says 100% Gurjan Face Veneer.
    Also, he says it is also not essential to use marine ply for the kitchen.
    What are your views on this??

    • contractorbhai 20 May 2019 at 10:59 am - Reply

      100% Gurjan Face = top most layer of ply is gurjan, not whole ply is gurjan
      Lot of people use non-waterproof plywood in kitchen, their logic is, since iti covered by laminate from all side, there is no need for it. At-least your contractor is honest & informing you that he plans to use non-waterproof plywood. This decision should be mainly based on budget. If your budget doesnt allow waterproof plywood then go with non-waterproof. If you have budget = use waterproof in kitchen & bathroom.

  18. Onkar 29 May 2019 at 10:27 am - Reply


    I was Planning to get my interiors done for my house. The carpenter is saying he would use greenply. And now he is saying greenwood ply. Is greenwood from greenply? If yes, how is the quality of the plywood?

    • contractorbhai 20 June 2019 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      there are more then 1000 brands only in Mumbai, all across india there could be 10s of 1000. Greenwood is not Greenply. And i have no idea about it. it could be good , it could ok, check with other local shops.

  19. Subu 31 May 2019 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    My interior said he will give garjan ply in all places and inn shutter he will use HDF can i go fot it ?Id HDF is good ??

  20. naresh 12 June 2019 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Hi Bhai,

    Is marineply BWP(strength of gurjan) is ok for to use for kitchen and wardrobes.

    • contractorbhai 20 June 2019 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      waterproof plywood – BWP grade is best option.

      Strenth of Gurjan = it is not gurjan

  21. suman kr 2 August 2019 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Pleasee tell us the name of a brand and its product which is available in pan india. and also tell ho we can recognise that the ply is genuine or not! You have only told the ideas by which supplier may cheat! where is the basic knowledge!

    • contractorbhai 5 August 2019 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      branded ones are reliable but are costly because they spend lot in promoting. Other way to find good quality is to go with shop which is in business for long time and had good reputation. Having said all, it is very challenging to identity quality because of reasons mentioned in post.

  22. RAJESH S 11 August 2019 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    The best way to check BWP / BWR is put the plywood piece in pressure cooker with 7 whistle. If cores are not divided then it’s original BWP cost around 130+ per sft. If splitting 2-3 pieces then some what ok. if all cores splitted then worst not waterproff.All local brand shops are just cheating customers with color dip and brand paint on top with ISI number etc..

  23. Somya 4 September 2019 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Do you have some idea regarding Red Hill ply?
    My designer has suggested me Red Hill ply for all my home furniture. Could you please suggest if it is worth spending on red Hill ply for furniture.

    • contractorbhai 9 September 2019 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      We are unable to give any details about this brand. THere are 1000s of plywood brands in India, very difficult to know details.

  24. vikranth 5 September 2019 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Is Magnus calibrated MR plywood is good?

    • contractorbhai 9 September 2019 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      calibrated plywood is required only for machines which are making modular furniture. Calibrated plywood is always bought by Modular furniture factories not by home owners. For all plywood required for carpentry work by carpenter there is no need for calibrated plywood.

  25. Riyas 14 September 2019 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Sir I want to buy plywood for my home. Shop owner suggested Taj & spectra gold is good. This brand is better than century Ply he told. Could you please advise this brand is good

    • contractorbhai 17 September 2019 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Never heard of these brands, there 1000s of brands, impossible to know if quality will be consistent. Go with a shop which is in business for very long time and good business reputation

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