Today marks the start of something very special here at Plyco - the first week of our Vibrant Veneers series! Here we are taking our first steps on a journey through our Strataply and Laminato collections with a joint collaboration between the Plyco Blog and Plyco Instagram page. Both of these ranges are beloved at Plyco and we want to show the world why these timber veneer products are so amazing! There are six different stock veneers we offer (however we do offer custom veneer options), and while it can be easy to think the Strataply and Laminato ranges are the same, they are actually quite different.
A big difference between Strataply and Laminato is that our Laminato range allows our wood veneers to be laminated directly onto any substrate. That means products like MDF and Particle Board can also get the Laminato treatment. With our Strataply range, it is purely used on our Birch Plywood. Laminato also differs in how it is applied to the product. Our Laminato varieties are High-Pressure Laminates, which means they are made of resin impregnated cellulose layers and are then consolidated under heat and high pressure. This process creates a combination look of being natural, high quality and extremely unique. On the flipside, our Strataply products are all certified with an A-grade face, meaning you’ll have the highest quality face grade in every piece of Strataply.
To kickstart things in this series we’re taking a look at the Jarrah veneer.
So, what exactly is Jarrah? From looks alone, you can tell it’s a timber product with a deep red colour, but at a glance, it’s not really possible to glean much other information about it. The first thing you need to know is that Jarrah is a local product from our very own backyard here in Australia! Jarrah trees also referred to as eucalyptus marginata, are grown in southern-Western Australia and are a hardwood species utilised commonly because of their versatility.
Jarrah is only sourced from old growth and native forest regrowth in WA and no Jarrah is grown in commercial plantations. This makes supply much rarer than other similar products and there are very few species with similar visual and structural characteristics, making it even more highly sought after.
Being durable and strong makes it perfect for structural applications, however, its gorgeous visual characteristics makes it simultaneously perfect for applications focused on standing out with its looks. Jarrah trees can also be breathtakingly large, with some growing up to 40 metres tall allowing a lot of product to be made from just one tree. It also is naturally resistant to extreme climates, rot, and it its density makes it naturally fire resistant. These are all huge factors why Jarrah is such a popular product, as without any human interference it offers so many qualities that customers value in a timber product.
A Jarrah tree out in the wild
Other qualities Jarrah trees offer away from woodworking include being able to produce a dark and thick honey and being a natural remedy for illnesses such as fever, colds headaches, skin disease and snake bites through the use of its bark and leaves.
In both our Strataply and Laminato ranges you’ll find that Jarrah is perfect for applications such as cabinetry, shopfitting, wall and door panelling, joinery as well as a handy option for DIY projects. Our Strataply also offers a Quadro range, which are panels that have been pre-cut from full Strataply sheets down to a 1200 x 600mm size to give customers a more easily transportable product for projects that don’t require as much wood.
If you like the sound of our Jarrah Strataply or Jarrah Laminato make sure you head to our online store, or alternatively, pay us a visit at our Fairfield showroom and see for yourself in person the beautiful dark red finish.