Veneer is a thin leaf of wood applied with glue to many types of substrate such as aluminum, cardboard, plastics, etc.
The art of veneer developed with early civilization. Evidence of veneered furniture dates back to the Egyptian dynasties and was also seen in the Renaissance period.
The development of reliable and easy-to-use adhesives during and after WWII made veneer an attractive product. Today veneer is valued for its conservation of wood and it’s economic benefits. It produces richly grained effects inexpensively and is often used for structural parts that must be cut with the grain for strength. When applied correctly, veneer is a superior alternative to lumber. Unlike lumber, veneered panels are not as susceptible to changes in ambient conditions, which causes expansion and contraction.
Veneering offers a large selection of beautiful wood to choose from. Flexibility of project design is also an advantage to using veneer. Veneer is cut and bundled as consecutive sheets which allows for custom matching of uniquely figured panels. This is not always possible with lumber.
Veneered panels are the best choice when looking for cost effective, ecological and highly decorative building materials. Custom veneered panels are becoming the industry standard for furniture, built in projects and whole room design.