• What is BWP and BWR grade Plywood

What is BWP and BWR grade Plywood?

BWP and BWR are two different grades used for waterproof plywood. Many dealers and retailers often used these two terms together to confuse buyers. Let me clear this confusion for all buyers and especially Home owners who are the victims most of the times.

Firstly let me explain what these terms stand for, BWR denotes boiling water resistant grade plywood. While BWP stands for boiling water proof grade plywood. Well technically there’s very small difference with regards to technology and treatment used to manufacture each of these plywood. The glue used to manufacture each of these is synthetic plastic resin i.e. phenol formaldehyde which is said to be better than urea formaldehyde resin used to make MR grade commercial plywood.

To simplify, BWP and BWR are plywood standards. These standards are set by government. For factories manufacturing plywood, they need to meet assured quality, tests. Also the process of manufacturing too is customary. And therefore you have set standards for each BWP and BWR grade plywood.

BWR plywood can also be made in Garjan wood, which is an imported wood. You also have BWR grade plywood made from poplar Indian species wood.

In Industry, BWR grading is used to grade plywood while BWP grade is used to mark block-boards or ply-boards.

Raw Material Used for making Plywood

Many enquire for the raw material used to manufacture plywood. But truly that doesn’t really make much of a difference. Also May home owners enquire for BWP as marine ply or waterproof ply. Well waterproof ply can be made from Garjan wood and other popular Indian species wood too. Which material is used for making plywood is a different in-depth topic altogether. Let’s not get into those details for now.
Here we are talking about BWR and BWP and these have set standards. For e.g for BWP plywood, has to pass 72 hour boiling water test. The glue used, pressing technique and pressure used for BWP is different then for a BWR plywood.

How Home owners are misguided

With technology and science there are various types of plywood easily available in market today. Home owners often get confused which is the best to buy to make a product.Home owners are often confused between BWR and BWP waterproof plywood.

As I said earlier technically BWR grade is used for grade waterproof plywood and BWP is sued to grade waterproof block-boards. But BWR is a lower grade than BWP. Many dealers and retailers handover BWR grade plywood as BWP grade, especially to those who fail to distinguish between two types of plywood. What happens is home owners end up buying a lower quality plywood then required.

I therefore suggest every home owner to always look for the mark “BWR” and “ BWP” on plywood before buying it. Branded plywood will always have the grade of plywood mentioned on it. If the board is marked as BWR, it mean it is waterproof exterior grade plywood and if its BWP grade, it is an exterior grade waterproof blockboard.

Well Costwise too, there’s 10% to 20% difference. BWP is costlier than BWR wood.

BWP grade plywood is widely used to make furniture where water contact is expected. For home interiors BWP is the most preferred plywood.


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  1. sunil jain 13 November 2016 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    i want to do interior in my home in Bangalore. please suggest me the plywood material and other details to finalise the carpenter with materials, grade, quality and price for kitchen, wardrobe, tv unit crockery unit shoe rack and other wood work

  2. Javed 3 March 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Hi ContractorBhai.. Do you have any branches in Hyderbad?

    • contractorbhai 3 March 2017 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      we have done several projects in Hyderabad. Pls call 9920620009 for details.

  3. Shiv 30 March 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Contractor Bhai pls suggest us which ply company is good for interior for my newly constructed home, work like kitchen, wardrobe, bed & TV unit etc..
    I’m in pune

  4. tabassum 22 June 2018 at 10:51 am - Reply

    kindly send detail that where it will be available in peshawar

  5. Nandini 29 August 2018 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Hi, do you have any branch in Pune?

  6. C DASTHAGIRI REDDY 25 November 2018 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Sir please send the distributor in ANDHRA PRADESH phone numbers

  7. Ashwanth 15 February 2019 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Hi contractor bhai …..
    I’m constructing new shop , My architect is saying BWR is the best for interior . Can you suggest me which will be good BWR OR BWP?

    • contractorbhai 25 February 2019 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      BWR is sufficient for shop, ony area where there will be lot of water you may use BWP. BWR is sufficient.

  8. Ashwin kalal 27 February 2019 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Thanks for useful information about BWP and BWR

  9. Chitra 5 March 2019 at 12:28 am - Reply

    1. Do you provide your services in Bangalore?
    2. Is there an ISI grade for laminates also? If so, can you suggest which grade laminate for Kitchen and wardrobes? Which grade plywood can be used for TV and wardrobes?

    • contractorbhai 9 March 2019 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      We have designed many Bangalore homes. Every material has an official ISI grade/number. Any good quality laminate is good for all home furniture. Kitchen & Bathroom always use Waterproof plywood, rest can be commercial plywood.

  10. Suprirya 14 March 2019 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Hi, please can you suggest if i can go for commercial ply in Kitchen as my sink area is in the utility area ?

    • contractorbhai 18 March 2019 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Indian kitchen conditions are such that you end using lot of water for cleaning cooking etc. Even though sink is away, water will regularly get in touch with shutters etc. Waterproof plywood is recommended for long lasting results. If you are doing work keeping timeframe of 15 or more years then waterproof ply inside kitchen is advisable.

  11. Supriya 14 March 2019 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Hi, please can you suggest if i can go for commercial ply in Kitchen as my sink area is in the utility area ?

  12. Amit Agarwal 30 March 2019 at 12:35 am - Reply

    Hi, please suggest if I put commercial plywood in Kitchen then whether ply would be damaged if ply gets in touch with water or water is fallen down in the Ply.

    • contractorbhai 3 April 2019 at 11:50 am - Reply

      commercial ply has less resistance for water/moisture. Usual Indian kitchen usage involves lot of water for cleaning etc. Hence water proof always recommened in kitchen for long term results. Lot of people use commercial since it is covered by laminate from all sides. Hwoever if you are considering long term results 15-20 years of no maintenance/repairs then waterproof is required.

  13. Thiru 6 May 2019 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    After finishing the kitchen works by the carpenter how we know this materials grade is good one as promised by the carpenter

    • contractorbhai 20 May 2019 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Very difficult. Unless you make your carpenter randomly cut open one of the shutter and bear the expense. The place where screws are fixed, drilling is done, it gives you small portion visibility but really very difficult to know. Only expert would know. Very difficult to know.

  14. Subbaiah 27 May 2019 at 3:51 am - Reply

    What flooring would you recommend for a school stage 50ft x 25ft with a 2’x2′ steel frame support. We were planning 30 mm ply. but are unsure. Thanks.

    • contractorbhai 20 June 2019 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      no idea, please be careful with whatever solution you use. God bless school kids

  15. LAKSHMINARAYANAN M S 23 August 2019 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    WHAT is the best brand of plywood for wardrobe? what will be the price/sqft.

    • contractorbhai 9 September 2019 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      good quality commercial ply or any plywood that is superior to it. Cannot comment on brands, there are 1000s of brands in market.

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